Crawley Town 0(0) v (4)4 Kidderminster Harriers

Football Conference National - Broadfield Stadium - 27 March 2008

Attendance: 595

Individual Stats
v Kidderminster
Ashley Bayes      [1] Chris MacKenzie      
Glenn Wilson       [16/2] Jeff Kenna      
James Krause       [24/22] Alex Jeannin      
Bradley Thomas      [4] Gavin Hurren      
Jamie Stevens       [6/5] Mark Creighton      
Dannie Bulman       [14/19] Dean Bennett      
Tyrone Thompson       [7/10] Russ Penn      
Thomas Pinault       [17/24] Darryl Knights      
Jon-Paul Pittman       [15/21] Matt Barnes-Homer      
Jamie Cook       [18/23] Iyseden Christie      
Mustapha Carayol       [26/7] Simon Russell      
Lee Blackburn       [8/14] Brian Smikle      
Kieran Murphy       [19/15] Michael McGrath      
Pierre Joseph-Dubois       [23/17] Andy Ferrell      
Nick Carter       [25/18] Paul Bignot      
Paul Raynor       [39/13] Dean Coleman      
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Crawley 16 1 2 2 4
Kidderminster 23 6 2 7 5
Crawley Kidderminster
    6 Iyseden Christie  
    8 Iyseden Christie 
    21 Matt Barnes-Homer 
    42 Simon Russell 
Wilson Thomas   Stevens Krause
Thompson Pinault   Bulman Carayol
  Pittman   Cook  
Kenna Hurren   Creighton Jeannin
Penn     Russell
  Barnes-Homer   Christie  
Crawley Kidderminster
45 Murphy Wilson Murphy to right central defender, Thomas to right back. 37 Coleman MacKenzie Coleman to goalkeeper.
46 Blackburn Carayol Blackburn to left midfield. 55 McGrath Penn McGrath to left midfield, Russell to right midfield.
79 Joseph-Dubois Cook Joseph-Dubois to striker. 69 Smikle Christie Smikle to right midfield, Russell to left midfield, McGrath to left central midfield, Bennett to right central midfield.  Now 4-4-2.
Crawley Kidderminster
Referee: Darren Sheldrake (West Moseley)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers recorded their first Conference away win since November 3 and ended a run of six straight defeats on opposition soil with a convincing win at Crawley, their first ever win and goals at Broadfield Stadium.

Unchanged from the side that beat Rushden on Bank Holiday Monday Harriers almost found themselves behind after five minutes when a mix-up between Mark Creighton and Chris MacKenzie left Jon-Paul Pittman alone in front of goal with an easy tap in but somehow he managed to lift the ball over the bar from three yards out.

Harriers hit back immediately and took the lead through Iyseden Christie, beating Ashley Bayes in the home goal with a well-placed lob.  Less than two minutes later the same player doubled the advantage, taking Darryl Knight's through ball around Bayes and rolling it into the empty net to record his twelfth goal of the season.  Shell-shocked Crawley couldn't cope with Harriers and fell further behind after 21 minutes; Matt Barnes-Homer had a shot blocked bur was quickest to react to the rebound and swept the loose ball in.

At the other end Chris MacKenzie was on top form, beating Jamie Cook to Pittman's cross from the left then diving low to his left to push Dannie Bulman's long-range shot away for a corner then finally tipping Thomas Pinault's 20-yard dipping drive over the bar.  MacKenzie even turned provider with a long clearance that put Barnes-Homer in but his lob landed on the roof of the net.  Harriers then lost MacKenzie to injury, Dean Coleman coming on for a rare appearance.

Before the break Harriers scored again; Barnes-Homer again seeing his shot blocked but this time Bayes' parry ran to Simon Russell who lashed it into the unguarded net.

The second half had much to live up to and failed by some distance.  Harriers had the game won and were able to ease off rarely troubling Bayes in the Town goal while Crawley never looked even remotely capable of getting back into the game.  A blocked effort from Knights and a wayward shot from Michael Mcgrath were all that Harriers had to show for their endeavours in the second period but will gladly take the three points and their fourth win in six games.