Histon 1(1) v (1)1 Kidderminster Harriers

Football Conference National - Bridge Road - 18 April 2009

Attendance: 1718

Individual Stats
v Kidderminster
Joe Welch     [13/1]Adam Bartlett     
Craig Pope     [2/21]Keith Lowe     
Gareth Gwillim     [25/3]Lee Baker     
Matthew Langston     [5/18]Martin Riley     
Patrick Ada     [37/5]Mark Creighton     
Mat Mitchel-King     [4/20]Dean Bennett     
Jamie Barker     [11/26]Chris McPhee     
Neil Andrews     [8]Darryl Knights     
Danny Wright     [23/9]Matt Barnes-Homer     
Jack Midson     [12/11]Justin Richards     
Nathaniel Knight-Percival     [18/10]Russ Penn     
Adam Bygrave     [6/4]Andy Ferrell     
Lee Roache     [9/6]Luke Jones     
Antonio Murray     [10/7]Stefan Moore     
Lanre Oyebanjo     [21/14]Brian Smikle     
Danny Naisbitt     [1/16]Martin Brittain     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Histon Kidderminster
4Jack Midson 29Keith Lowe 
PopeLangston AdaGwillim
 Barker Knight-Percival 
 Wright Midson 
LoweRiley CreightonBaker
McPhee   Penn
 Barnes-Homer Richards 
Histon Kidderminster
59MurrayWrightMurray to striker.19JonesCreightonJones to left central defender.
    76SmikleKnightsSmikle to left midfield, Penn to right midfield, Bennett to left central midfield, McPhee to right central midfield.  Now 4-4-2.
Histon Kidderminster
  Creighton 15 Foul 
Referee: Nick Kinseley (Essex)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers edged closer to clinching a place in the play-offs with a hard-fought draw at Histon who themselves strengthened their play-off position.

Justin Richards was welcomed back into the side after missing the last three games through suspension as the only change from the side that had beaten Burton Albion earlier in the week, Andy Ferrell dropped down  to the subs' bench.  Harriers almost had a dream start when Richards' strike-partner Matt Barnes-Homer combined with Darryl Knights to set the latter free on the right in the first minute, Knights broke into the penalty area and pulled the ball back to the near post and Barnes-Homer who had continued his run but his shot was blocked.

Conditions were not easy for either side, a stiff breeze was blowing at Harriers' backs and the playing surface was easily the worst in the Conference, making Woking's Kingfield pitch look like Wembley.  The state of the pitch was of little concern to the home side, however, who make little use of it, preferring instead a much more direct aerial bombardment of their visitors.  Their direct style led to the fourth minute corner from which they opened the scoring, Jack Midson rising in the middle of the penalty area to head firmly past Adam Bartlett.

Harriers suffered another setback on fifteen minutes; Mark Creighton lunged recklessly into a tackle on Nathaniel Knight-Percival, for which he was booked, but cam off worse and limped out of the game after lengthy treatment to be replaced by Luke Jones.

On 24 minutes Harriers almost drew level; Lee Baker's free-kick from deep on the left found Keith Lowe at the far post, his header back across the face of goal was tipped away for a corner.  The equaliser was not much longer in coming; a good passing move that was started by Dean Bennett in the middle of the field, and involved Richards who sent Knights into the penalty area before rolling the ball back to Lowe who cut inside the full back and curled a left-foot shot beyond Joe Welch and into the far corner.  In first-half stoppage time Histon almost scored again from another corner; Jamie Barker seeing his header cleared off the line by Russ Penn.

The second half was probably the ugliest 45 minutes of 'football' Harriers have been involved in all season.  With the wind now in their favour Histon took to the skies even more but the Harriers defence, and Jones in particular, stood firm and blocked everything that was thrown at them.  When they could get the ball down and find a flat bit of pitch to play on they were trying to play some decent football, and were the better team when they did.  Too often, though, they were forced to resort to the same tactics as their hosts.  The standard of the game was so poor that neither side managed a shot at goal in the second half, although with so much at stake they were both determined not to lose.

Results elsewhere meant that the league table was pretty much as it was before the game with Histon in third and Harriers in the final play-off position, separated only by goal difference.  Harriers face another of their play-off rivals in Stevenage in the next game knowing that a victory at Broadhall Way will confirm their place in the play-offs.