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Date: 31-08-09gif Venue: The Lambgif att: 1237gif away fans: 366
Slaughter at the Lamb

gifReport by Morgan Nock
A real lacklustre performance lead to a disappointing defeat for Kidderminster away at Tamworth.  After a bright start from both sides Harriers never looked comfortable and were frequently second to the ball with defenders Gavin Caines and Tom Sharpe continually failing to deal with the pacy striker Nick Wright's tricky runs.  Once this weakness was identified the Lambs often reverted to hoof-ball to undo the Harriers back line.

Frequently passes were misplaced and Tamworth could have scored a hat full of goals if it weren't for a more confident performance from Dean Coleman who made a few good saves throughout the game.

The Harriers did manage to create a couple of chances early on with Duane Courtney crossing for Brian Smikle who shot straight at the keeper and then scuffed the rebound wide.  Courtney again crossed, but for Matthew Barnes-Homer this time, and he could only manage to head over the bar.

Tamworth had a goal disallowed in the first half when Alex Rodman stroked a nice shot past Coleman but the effort was ruled offside.
HT: 0 - 0
Tamworth's persistence finally paid off early in the second half.  The home side won a free kick from which Wright hit a low shot under the flailing, and poorly positioned, Dean Coleman in the Kidderminster goal.

Just a quarter of an hour after the first goal Alex Rodman received the ball following a poor clearance by defender Tom Sharpe and he made no mistake in smashing it low past a desperate Coleman.

Harriers poor play was typified by just about every pass we made.  When ever a ball was played forwards, even when we won the initial headers, the second ball always went to Tamworth.  We never really battled for the ball and only Chris McPhee really put himself on the line harrying defenders and actually winning it on occasions.

It was a pity no-one supported him because if the rest of the side had the hunger he showed we might have stood a chance in the game.

Late on the Harriers got back into it when a handball was given against Chris Smith.  Chris McPhee took the ball and, waving away Barnes-Homer and Finnigan, slotted the ball home past Danny Alcock.

This gave Harriers fans much justification to continue their very vocal support, but it was ultimately ineffective and the team couldn't deliver.

One rare highlight of the day was when the former West Brom and Worcester City defender Des Lyttle cleared the ball and a balding steward performed a spectacular diving header which knocked him clean to the ground to cheer up despondent Harriers fans!
FT: 2 - 1

 Goals for Tamworth: Wright 47, Rodman 63
 Goal for Harriers: McPhee 73 (pen)


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Tamworth  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Alcock     Coleman  
Tait     Courtney  
Blackwood     Baker  
Smith   Finnigan gif  
Lyttle     Caines gif
Mackenzie     Sharpe  
Wright gif     McPhee  
Briscoe     Bennett  
Shaw     Barnes-Homer  
Rodman     Smikle  
Sheridan     McDermott gif  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Hurren     Singh  
Benjamin     Dolman  
Nicholson gif     Hadley gif  
Mills     Knights gif  
Lake-Gaskin     Farrell gif  

REFEREE:
Mr M Heywood
Cheshire





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