Stevenage Borough 1(0) v (2)2 Kidderminster Harriers

Football Conference National - Broadhall Way - 3 April 2007

Attendance: 1753

Individual Stats
v Kidderminster
Alan Julian 50(3)0000[1]Scott Bevan 60(3)0100
Ronnie Henry 611500[25/2]Jeff Kenna 500120
John Nutter 500100[3]Jonny Harkness 500030
Barry Fuller 500010[2/6]Stuart Whitehead 500100
Santos Gaia 500230[6/5]Mark Creighton 500120
Mark Hughes 51(1)123(1p)0[28/7]Jake Sedgemore 71(1)012(1h)0
Craig Dobson 61(1)0400[22/15]Simon Russell 5012(1p)01
Mark Beard 500000[26/21]Glenn Wilson 501301
Jon Nurse 501132[9/22]Iyseden Christie 72(1)0332
Steve Morison 61(w)1233[20/16]Russ Penn 610071
Steve Guppy 500000[21/11]Michael Blackwood 61(1)0011
Luke Oliver 500011[4]Gavin Hurren 500000
Paul Hakim     [8/10]Gary Hay     
Mitchell Cole 51(1)1200[11/14]Luke Reynolds 500101
Stuart Lewis 500000[19/24]Jon Brady     
Danny Potter     [16/13]Steve Taylor     
Team Stats
 Fouls ConcededOffsideCornersShots OnShots off
46Ronnie Henry 21Russ Penn  
   32Iyseden Christiepenalty
HenryFuller GaiaNutter
DobsonBeard HughesGuppy
 Nurse Morison 
KennaWhitehead CreightonHarkness
RussellWilson SedgemoreBlackwood
 Christie Penn 
Stevenage Kidderminster
68ColeGuppyCole to left midfield.65HurrenHarknessHurren to left central defender, Creighton to central defender, Kenna to right wing back, Blackwood to left wing back, Penn to right wing, Russell to left wing.  Now 5-4-1.
86LewisHughesLewis to left central midfield.84ReynoldsRussellReynolds to striker.  Now 5-3-2.
89OliverDobsonOliver to striker, Nurse to right midfield.    
Stevenage Kidderminster
  Harkness 13 Foul
Penn 37 Foul
Whitehead 57 Dissent
Creighton 59 Foul
Russell 72 Unsporting Behaviour
Blackwood 73 Unsporting Behaviour
Christie 90+ Dissent
Sedgemore 90+ Foul
Referee: Steve Cook (Surrey)
Match Report by St@tto

An excellent performance by Harriers saw them record their ninth away win of the season and take an early psychological advantage ahead of next month's FA Trophy final.

Mark Yates made a few changes to the expected Harriers line-up with Russ Penn partnering Iyseden Christie in attack and Jake Sedgemore and Glenn Wilson taking the central midfield positions.  The 'new' formation worked well with the lively Penn getting involved well and causing problems for the home defence and Sedgemore giving arguably his best performance of the season, although all players gave good performances and it would be unfair to single out just one or two.

The early stages of the game were low key and the match had a real end-of-season feel to it.  In fact it didn't really come to life until Harriers took the lead on 21 minutes; a cross from the right was knocked down at the far post by Michael Blackwood into the path of Penn who swept it into the bottom corner of the net.

Borough's response was not long in coming; highly-rated striker Steve Morison jinked his way through the Harriers defence on the left and fed the ball into the path of Craig Dobson on the opposite flank but his shot was hit straight at Scott Bevan.  Sedgemore could have doubled the advantage on the half-hour mark; picking up the ball deep he carried it forward but after a neat one-two with Wilson his shot from the edge of the penalty area was straight at Alan Julian in the home goal.

Dobson created an opening for an equaliser straight away, his cross from the right found veteran winger Steve Guppy arriving late at the far post but he could only steer the ball wide. In an end-to-end spell of the game Harriers went straight back to the other end of the field and after good work by Christie to set up Simon Russell who was upended by Mark Hughes as he twisted and turned in the penalty area.  After some discussion between Christie and Jonny Harkness over who was to take the penalty Christie sent Julian the wrong way from the spot to record his 12th goal of the season.  Before the interval Stevenage had another good chance to score, Dobson's cross from the right found Morison at the near post who had beaten Mark Creighton to the ball only to see his shot clip the post.

Stevenage got themselves back into the game less than a minute into the second half; a deep cross from the left found Ronnie Henry beyond the far post who drilled a low shot back across goal and into the bottom corner.  After clearly having had a half-time rollicking Stevenage were much more fired up in the second half and could have drawn level soon afterwards; a throw from the left was not cleared and fell to Mark Hughes whose shot on the turn was turned round the post for a corner by Bevan.  Then, minutes later, Dobson showed a good turn of pace to get past Creighton but Bevan came out quickly to save well at his feet.

The game was spoiled by the refereeing of Mr Cook who managed to show yellow cards to eight Harriers players and none to Stevenage, many of his decisions were inconsistent, particularly when Morison was not spoken to after launching a volley of abuse to the linesman who flagged him offside, or not speaking to any Stevenage players after the mass brawl sparked by Barry Fuller's challenge on Russell that ended with a Harriers free-kick but Russell and Blackwood in the book.