St Albans City 1(1) v (1)1 Kidderminster Harriers

Football Conference National - Clarence Park - 24 March 2007

Attendance: 821

Individual Stats
St Albans
v Kidderminster
Paul Bastock 50(2)0000[1/13]Steve Taylor 50(1)0000
Chris Seeby 500100[2/21]Glenn Wilson 500110
Ahmed Deen 501000[28/3]Jonny Harkness 71(1)0040
Gary Elphick 500420[5/6]Stuart Whitehead 500420
Djoumin Sangare 50201(h)0[24/5]Mark Creighton 61(1)0320
Tom Davis 500320[4/23]Andy Ferrell 500220
Matt Hann 501410[7/24]Jon Brady 501020
Guy Lopez 500220[31/16]Russ Penn 50032(1h)0
Leon Archer 610012[26/22]Iyseden Christie 51(w)1132
John Hastings 51(1)0360[30/26]James Constable 512110
Malik Buari 500112[29/11]Michael Blackwood 500100
Ram Marwa     [8/7]Jake Sedgemore     
Lee Clarke 500010[10]Gary Hay     
Chris Watters 500100[11/14]Luke Reynolds 500012
Dean Cracknell 500000[12/15]Simon Russell 500000
Ricky Perks     [13/18]Brian Smikle     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
St Albans174424
St Albans Kidderminster
19Leon Archer 34James Constable 
St Albans
SeebyElphick SangareDeen
HannLopez DavisBuari
 Archer Hastings 
WilsonWhitehead CreightonHarkness
BradyPenn FerrellBlackwood
 Christie Constable 
St Albans Kidderminster
69WattersBuariWatters to left midfield.41 ConstableNow 4-4-1.
70CracknellLopezCracknell to right central midfield.59ReynoldsBlackwoodReynolds to striker.
86ClarkeSeebyClarke to striker, Sangare to central defender, Deen to left central defender.  Now 3-4-3.59RussellBradyRussell to left central midfield, Ferrell to central midfield.  Now 4-3-2.
    82 WhiteheadWilson to right central defender, Penn to right back, Russell to right central midfield, Ferrell to left central midfield.  Now 4-2-2.
St Albans Kidderminster
Hann 54 Foul Whitehead 48 Foul
Christie 64 Foul
Whitehead 82 Foul
(Later assigned to Wilson on appeal)
Constable 41 Violent Conduct

Whitehead 82 Persistent Misconduct
(Later rescinded on appeal)
Referee: John Hopkins (Essex)
Match Report by St@tto

For the second game in a row Harriers dropped points against a relegation-threatened side, held to a draw at second-from-bottom St Albans who have now taken four points from them this season.

Harriers could, and maybe, should have taken all three points despite having two players sent-off; James Constable was shown the red card four minutes before the break and Stuart Whitehead received his marching orders eight minutes from the end of the game.  Had they taken their early chances things may have been different; debutant Jon Brady floated a seventh-minute cross onto the head of Iyseden Christie who saw his effort crash against the crossbar and the City defenders were able to scramble the ball away for a corner.

A howler by Steve Taylor in the Harriers goal gifted the opener to the home team; under no pressure he failed to get a grip on a harmless through ball and let it run to Leo Archer who was left to roll it into an empty net.  On the half-hour Harriers could have drawn level, Michael Blackwood crossed from the left and found Constable who had time but headed wide of the near post.  The equaliser came shortly afterwards; Russ Penn's pass split the home defence wide open for Constable to run on to and slot his shot under Paul Bastock from just inside the penalty area.

Constable was shown the red card just before the break after tangling with Malik Buari at a throw-in.  Being a man short Harriers were cut back in their attacking intention, although on the hour mark Luke Reynolds was brought on in place of Blackwood and Harriers switched to 4-3-2.  They were still unable to break down their hosts, however, until nine minutes from time; Jonny Harkness' corner found Mark Creighton at the far post whose header was well saved by Bastock at the expense of another corner.  A minute later the game was killed off when Whitehead was adjudged to have fouled Chris Watters and was shown a second yellow card.  With nine men Harriers were just happy to shut up shop and hold on for a draw.