FA Cup 2nd qualifying round replay
Match report Vs Stafford RangersVenue: Marston RoadDate: 24-09-19Att: 663 (away fans: 100)

24-09-19 - Report - FA Cup 2nd Qual Rd replay - Stafford Rangers 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0

We’re not going to Stourbridge la la la la, la la la la

Report: Harriershane

Following Saturday’s goalless draw the Harriers made the short trip to Marston Road looking to progress to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup and yet another game vs Stourbridge.

Alex Prosser was handed a start as Richard Peniket failed to shake off the hamstring injury from Saturday while Ryan Johnson returned to the side at the expense of Harry Higginson. Also missing, somewhat surprisingly, was Ed Williams who had picked up a hip problem and was rested with Shane Lowth coming in for his debut in place of him.

The home side came out on the front foot with Jake Charles seeing an effort blocked by Johnson before Evan Garnett almost rescued a shanked effort by Joe Berks. The very little threat that Harriers carried appeared to come in the form of Correy Davidson, but the Rangers defence were up to the task, doubling up on the Harriers man and sniffing out the attacks.

Ashley Chambers won a free kick just outside the box at the halfway point of the half; the resulting kick was laid off to Declan Weeks who forced a good low save from Lewis King. Just short of the half hour mark the deadlock was broken.

Alex Prosser pulled out of an aerial tussle and conceded a foul. The resulting free kick in the centre circle was worked out wide where the ball was fizzed in with Dan Burns turning home at the back post. Looking to hit back immediately Weeks drove from range, but again King was equal to it.

With five minutes to go until the halftime break Stafford doubled their lead. A goal kick routine saw Ryan Johnson take a heavy touch and get fouled but the referee was unmoved and Rangers broke, with Evan Garnett meeting a cross and heading the ball off the post. Recycling the chance, the ball found its way to Josh Green, who bent a great effort into the top corner from twenty five yards out.

HT: 2 – 0

The Harriers opened the second half with a succession of corners before Sam Austin managed to find some rare space in the home defence. His ball in was met well by Davidson but his powerful header went over the bar.

Around the hour mark Harry Higginson and Jaiden White entered the fray with the latter looking to get involved as much as he could. Indeed, it was the youngster who created the next couple of chances for Harriers. Firstly he swung in a dangerous ball towards Milan Butterfield who saw his venomous effort blocked by a defender amidst protestations of handball. He then beat the goalscorer Green all ends up, with the defender going down and blocking White with his hands. Penalty Harriers!

Chambers stepped up and duly dispatched it in the general direction of Eccleshall.

As we entered the final ten minutes the Harriers shape had been well and truly abandoned and Butterfield and Moyo both seemed to be playing up front. The captain had an effort blocked for a corner that was wasted before Stafford trebled their lead. Having duked past a pair of defenders Charles was unceremoniously hacked down by Rhys Williams before rifling his penalty into the roof of the net.

Stafford go through to play Stourbridge whilst the Harriers fans’ apathy continues to deepen, as do the depths to which the club drop. We never really wanted to play Stourbridge anyway.

Spennymoor Town await on Saturday, if their pitch can withstand the rain forecast that is.

FT: 3 – 0

Goals for Stafford Rangers: D Burns 28, Green 41, Charles 87 (p)

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Stafford Rangers Goals Subs Time Cards
J Burns        
D Burns    
Berks   81
Garnett   89  
Davies   80  
Briscoe   80  
Sherratt   81  
Dixon   89  
Harriers Goals Subs Time Cards
Davidson   80  
R Williams        
S Lowth   61  
Prosser   56  
White   61  
Higginson   56  
Shenton   80  
D Lowth        
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