Match preview Vs AFC Telford Utd Venue: The Bucks Head Date: 12-02-22 Kick off: 15:00hrs

11-02-22 - Preview - AFC Telford Utd Vs Kidderminster Harriers

Preview: Phil Lench

Harriers fans will be hoping it won’t be a case of ‘after the Lord Mayors Show’ at AFC Telford Utd tomorrow when we return to National League North action. They’ll also be hoping for a continuation of that fighting spirit that we saw against West Ham Utd in last Saturdays epic FA Cup 4th round game. A game that will live for ever in the minds of all Harriers fans, neutrals and the rest of the world watching in that day.

Alex Penny
Alex Penny
His goal almost made history last week against West Ham

After Alex Penny scored our goal within the first twenty minutes of the game it seemed a miracle that seventy minutes later we were still holding that lead and just seconds away from creating history as the lowest place team ever to beat a Premier League team in any competition, let alone the FA Cup. Crushingly Declan Rice worked a bit of classy magic to save his side and then in the final seconds of extra time Jarrod Bowen was to break our hearts but this time it wasn’t so classy.

It was more a case of an offside ruling only seen in their league but not at our level where if there’s just one person offside, no matter where they are, then offside it is. This nonsense of standing in front of the keeper, but not interfering with play, is a ludicrous excuse.

Never mind. It was brilliant while it lasted and we couldn’t have asked for more from our lads. So now it’s back to normality and the crusade to win the title is back on at the Bucks Head tomorrow.

Telford have been at the bottom of the table all season so far but did have a little positive spell a few weeks ago with a three match unbeaten run that comprised of two wins: Darlington 5-0 and Bradford PA 3-0 at home and a scoreless draw at Curzon Ashton last Saturday. That came to a crashing end at home to Southport on Tuesday when the visiting side plonked three past them.

They’ll be without Kai Williams with an ankle injury while Dominic McHale is set for another scan on a groin injury picked up in January. Zac Lilly will also be out with an ankle injury while Ross White will be out injured too. Don’t be too surprised to see their manager, Paul Carden, bring in reinforcements before the game.

The really sad news though is the career ending condition that defender Arlen Birch is facing. He has been told that he won’t play for at least four years due to a bone growth issue in both of his heels that he has been trying to manage for several years. He can only be operated on one heel at a time and has to allow at least eighteen months for each operation to be successful.

Our thoughts are with Arlen and we hope that one day he’ll return to the game once more.

The former Harriers striker, Andre Wright, is now with Telford and has been since January. He hasn’t scored for them in the six games he’s played yet, surprisingly.

We should be at, more or less, full strength with Ethan Freemantle nearing the end of the treatment for the hamstring injury picked up at Hereford FC a few weeks back. Keziah Martin returned to the pitch as an extra time sub last week following the kick on the shin/knee at Kettering Town recently and Cliff Moyo is surely returning very soon now that he’s back in full training.

With this game coming soon after our FA Cup heroics, when every player gave it their all, it would be easy to say that minds wouldn’t be fully focussed but they know what’s at stake and they won’t be losing sight of that. With Telford having a bit of a new manager bounce and a slight rise in form they’ll be wanting a positive result themselves so it’s a game that’s going to be tough and could go either way.

As long as it’s our way. 

Photo © KHFC


Teams:

Harriers from:

Simpson, Emery, Richards, Cameron, Foulkes, Moyo, Penny, Preston, Bajrami, Lowe, Austin, Redmond, Lissimore, Montrose, Carrington, Martin, Freemantle, Bastable, Tolley, Hemmings, Morgan-Smith, J White, Sterling-James.

AFC Telford Utd from:

Griffiths, Streete, Bood, Sweeney, Jed Abbey, Shaw, Piggott, Nolan, Ward, Jez Abbey, Baker, Daniels, Goodridge, Oswell, Bower, Jarratt, Wright.

Referee: Mr Simeon Lucas. Blackburn


Shanes Opposition Stats Pack:

At home in the league: (P12, W4, D3, L5) Chorley 3-0, Hereford 0-0, Brackley 0-2, Farsley 2-0, Leamington 1-1, AFC Fylde 1-2, Kettering 2-2, Guiseley 0-1, Chester 1-3, Darlington 5-0, Bradford (PA) 3-0, Southport 0-3. 

Goals (all competitions): Oswell – 7, Daniels – 6, Williams – 5, Goodridge – 4, Durrell – 4 (left club), Streete – 3, McHale – 3, Byrne – 2, Baker – 1.

The streaks (league only):

Games since last win: 2

Games since last home win: 1

Games since last draw: 1

Games since last home draw: 5

Games since last defeat: 0

Games since last home defeat: 0

Games since last clean sheet: 1

Games since last home clean sheet: 1

The Squad (appearances are starts + sub, includes both league and cups):

Goalkeepers: Russell Griffiths (P21, conceded 36, 2 of which were penalties), George Scott (P0, on loan at Shifnal Town).

Defence: Brad Bood (P17), Zak Lily (P16), Jordan Piggott (P5, on loan from Solihull), Theo Streete (P21, 3 goals), Ross White (P23).

Midfield: Carl Baker (P6, 1 goal, missed 1 penalty), Mace Goodridge (P8, 4 goals), Patrick Jarrett (P2, on loan from Stoke City), Dominic McHale (P20, 3 goals), Liam Nolan (P5, on loan from AFC Fylde), Brayden Shaw (P5), Keaton Ward (P4, on loan from Mansfield).

Attack: Harry Bower (P1), Brendon Daniels (P11, 6 goals, 1 of which was a penalty), Jason Oswell (P26, 7 goals), Kai Williams (P25, 4 goals), Andre Wright (P6).

The new manager Paul Carden came in from Warrington Town (Step 3) in November replacing Dennis Greene who in turn replaced Gavin Cowan. After occupying bottom place in the table all season, so far, they’ve just lifted themselves off the foot of the table, by one point.


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Previous games against AFC Telford Utd
Played: 145Won: 53Drew: 28Lost: 64
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
13-11-2021 H Vanarama North 3 – 0 Penny, Hemmings, Cameron 2244 (220)
06-08-2019 A Vanarama North 2 – 0   1557 (371)
19-01-2019 A Vanarama North 0 – 1 Clayton-Phillips 1417 (288)
07-08-2018 H Vanarama North 0 – 0   1778 (266)
01-01-2018 H Vanarama North 2 – 0 Brown, Wright 2201 (304)
26-12-2017 A Vanarama North 0 – 0   1995 (600)
21-01-2017 H Vanarama North 1 – 0 Knights 1752 (167)
10-12-2016 H FA Trophy 1st rd 4 – 0 Gnahoua, Lowe, Dieseruvwe, Tunnicliffe 1096 (161)
06-09-2016 A Vanarama North 1 – 0   1459 (384)
04-04-2015 A Vanarama Premier 1 – 1 Gittings 1773 (265)
04-10-2014 H Vanarama Premier 1 – 1 Verma 2117 (262)
29-01-2013 H Blue Square Premier 1 – 0 Johnson 1785 (218)
17-11-2012 A Blue Square Premier 0 – 2 Johnson, Rowe 2160 (443)
13-03-2012 A Blue Square Premier 2 – 1 Malbon 2192 (371)
11-10-2011 H Blue Square Premier 2 – 2 Matt, OG 2440 (545)
Previous games as Telford Utd
25-03-2000 H Nationwide Conference 2 – 0 Hadley, Bennett 3138
27-11-1999 H FA Trophy 2nd rd 2 – 4 Pope, Clarkson 1618
06-11-1999 A Nationwide Conference 3 – 2 Bennett, Hadley 1409
20-02-1999 A Nationwide Conference 0 – 0   1220
24-08-1998 H Nationwide Conference 3 – 0 Willetts 2, Robinson 2003
28-03-1998 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 1 Robinson 2024
07-02-1998 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 1 Doherty 1127
30-11-1996 A Vauxhall Conference 0 – 2 Doherty, Hughes 1860
12-10-1996 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 0 Webb 2723
20-02-1996  A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 1 Hughes 918
09-10-1995 H Vauxhall Conference 2 – 0 May, Davies 2433
14-01-1995 A Vauxhall Conference 3 – 1 Casey 1409
03-12-1994 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 1 Forsyth 2233
04-05-1994 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 0   2083
23-04-1994 H Vauxhall Conference 2 – 0 Forsyth, Humphreys 2746
17-04-1993 H Vauxhall Conference 2 – 1 Cartwright, Benton 1521
13-10-1992 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 1 Davies 1692
26-12-1991 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 2 Wilcox 1922
10-09-1991 A Vauxhall Conference 3 – 1 Kurila 1430
09-03-1991 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 0   1336
18-02-1991 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 3 Forsyth 1408
01-01-1990 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 1 Sugrue 1770
26-12-1989 H Vauxhall Conference 2 – 4 Joseph, Sugrue 2034
28-02-1989 A FA Trophy 3rd rd replay 2 – 0   2941
25-02-1989 H FA Trophy 3rd rd 1 – 1 Weir 2867
02-01-1989 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 1 Tuohy 2426
26-12-1988 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 0   2122
03-10-1988 H Conference League Cup 2 – 0 Shilvock, Davies 1234
19-10-1987 H Vauxhall Conference 2 – 4 Davies 2 1661
25-08-1987 A Vauxhall Conference 4 – 3 Davies, Tuohy, Casey 1714
02-04-1987 A Vauxhall Conference 2 – 1 Casey 1304
18-10-1986 H Vauxhall Conference 0 – 4   1511
11-03-1986 A Alliance Premier 0 – 1 OG  1011
18-11-1985 H Alliance Premier 3 – 0 Casey 2, Davies 619
22-10-1985 A M & B Cup 2 – 5 Mackenzie, Casey 3, Davies 779
23-03-1985 A Alliance Premier 3 – 2 Horne, McGowan 1139
26-12-1984 H Alliance Premier 0 – 2   1370
03-12-1983 A Alliance Premier 3 – 0   1229
22-10-1983 H Alliance Premier 1 – 0 Mullen 780
21-08-1978 A Southern League Cup 2nd leg 3 – 1 Mullen  
19-08-1978 H Southern League Cup 1st leg 1 – 2 Webb  
26-02-1973 A Border Counties League 1 – 2 Lynch 2 633
16-10-1972 H Border Counties League 2 – 0 P Wassall, Lynch 1317
01-11-1969 A FA Cup 4th qual rd 2 – 1 B Wassall  
Previous games as Wellington Town
08-10-1960 A FA Cup 3rd qual rd 1 – 0    
27-03-1959 A Southern League NW Div 3 – 1 Taylor  
1959 A SL Inter-Zone Cup 4 – 0    
14-01-1959 H SL Inter-Zone Cup 2 – 4 Hadlington, Wooding  
26-12-1958 H Southern League NW Div 0 – 3    
07-09-1957 H FA Cup preliminary rd 0 – 2    
24-09-1955 H FA Cup 1st qual rd 2 – 1 Knowles, Punter  
07-11-1953 H FA Cup 4th qual rd 1 – 2 Simner  
27-10-1951 A FA Cup 3rd qual rd 3 – 2 Treherne, Lewis 7859
16-10-1948 H Worcester Senior Cup 2nd rd 1 – 0 Reece 3776
21-02-1948 A B’ham & District League 3 – 1 Welham  
29-11-1947 H B’ham & District League 4 – 0 Coaton, Lewis, Pears, OG 1946
11-01-1947 H B’ham Senior Cup 2nd rd 2 – 2 Lewis, Lilley  
16-11-1946 A FA Cup 4th qual rd 3 – 1 Lewis 5500
03-11-1945 A FA Cup 4th qual rd 5 – 2 Hackett, Lewis  
15-04-1938 A Birmingham League 0 – 2 Dent, Salters 2300
12-02-1938 H Birmingham League 1 – 1 Wannacott  
06-02-1937 H Birmingham League 4 – 1 Salters 2, MacFarlane, Wilson  
28-09-1936 A Birmingham League 6 – 2 Wilson, Bowden  
25-04-1936 H Birmingham League 1 – 1 Salters  
21-12-1935 A Birmingham League 5 – 1 Boswell  
23-03-1935 A Birmingham League 6 – 0    
10-11-1934 H Birmingham League 3 – 1 ?  
31-03-1934 H Birmingham League 12 – 0 MacFarlane 5, Bowden 4, Austin 2, Salters  
18-11-1933 A Birmingham League 8 – 3 OG, Kirkham 2  
18-02-1933 H Birmingham League 3 – 2 Cartwright, Halsey, Wheldon  
24-09-1932 A Birmingham League 4 – 1 Dugmore  
30-04-1932 H Birmingham League 5 – 1 Dinsdale, Cartwright 2, Costley, Dugmore  
19-12-1931 A Birmingham League 3 – 1 Smith  
17-01-1931 A Birmingham League 1 – 1 Malpass  
13-09-1930 H Birmingham League 1 – 1 Jennings  
29-04-1930 H Birmingham League 5 – 1 ?  
08-02-1930 A Birmingham League 1 – 1 ?  
23-11-1929 H B’ham Senior Cup 3rd rd 5 – 0 ?  
24-11-1928 H B’ham Senior Cup 3rd rd 4 – 0 Brookes 2, Hartshorn, Malpass  
29-09-1928 H Birmingham League 2 – 2 ?  
25-08-1928 A Birmingham League 2 – 1 Mills  
03-03-1928 A Birmingham League 6 – 2 Wheldon, Williams  
29-10-1927 H Birmingham League 3 – 5 Brookes, Poole 2  
30-04-1927 A Birmingham League 2 – 1 Brookes  
27-04-1927 H Birmingham League 4 – 0 Vallence 2, Brookes, Russell  
23-01-1926 A Birmingham League 2 – 0    
12-09-1925 H Birmingham League 4 – 1 Brookes 2, Dickens, Getgood  
22-04-1925 H Birmingham League 1 – 0 Brookes  
04-04-1925 A Birmingham League 3 – 1 ?  
02-04-1924 A Birmingham League 0 – 0    
08-12-1923 H Birmingham League 3 – 3 Edwards 2, Pearce  
30-12-1922 A Birmingham League 4 – 1 Watkins  
02-09-1922 H Birmingham League 3 – 3 Fitton, Smart, Fisher  
17-12-1921 H Birmingham League 1 – 0 Watkins  
22-10-1921 A Birmingham League 4 – 0    
28-12-1920 H Birmingham League 0 – 2    
13-11-1920 A Birmingham League 4 – 2 Watkins, Shore  
20-03-1920 A Birmingham League 3 – 2 ?  
06-12-1919 H Birmingham League 5 – 3 Hooper 2, Nightingale, Marshall 2  
17-04-1915 A Birmingham League 2 – 1 Izon  
12-12-1914 H Birmingham League 6 – 0 ?  
17-01-1914 A Birmingham League 3 – 2 Izon, Wicketts  
20-09-1913 H Birmingham League 1 – 2 Izon  
16-04-1913 H Birmingham League 0 – 0    
15-02-1913 A Birmingham League 3 – 2 ?  
13-04-1912 H Birmingham League 1 – 0 Millerchip  
09-12-1911 A Birmingham League 0 – 1 Tate  
28-01-1911 A Birmingham League 1 – 0    
24-09-1910 H Birmingham League 2 – 0 ?  
26-02-1910 A Birmingham League 2 – 2 Smith, Harvey  
16-10-1909 H Birmingham League 5 – 1 ?  
27-02-1909 A Birmingham League 1 – 0    
24-10-1908 H Birmingham League 6 – 3 Davies 2, OG, Tufnell 2, Homer  
02-04-1906 A Birmingham League 4 – 0    
24-03-1906 H Birmingham League 6 – 0 ?  
11-03-1905 A Birmingham League 1 – 0    
15-10-1904 H Birmingham League 2 – 0 ?  
20-02-1904 H Birmingham League 1 – 1 Moule  
24-10-1903 A Birmingham League 4 – 1 Brown  
01-11-1902 A Birmingham League 5 – 1 ?  
25-10-1902 H Birmingham League 6 – 2 ?  
23-02-1901 H Birmingham League 3 – 0 ?  
20-10-1900 A Birmingham League 3 – 2 ?  
31-03-1900 H Birmingham League 2 – 0 ?  
25-11-1899 A Birmingham League 2 – 2 ?  
11-03-1899 H Birmingham League 2 – 1 ?  
21-11-1898 A Birmingham League 4 – 0    
30-10-1897 H FA Cup 1 – 0 Jordan