Harriers 3 Imps 0 Beaten But Unbowed Ahead Of Luton Battle

The Imps deserved better at Kidderminster than the score suggested and will take that scant consolation to Luton Town on Tuesday. A deserved goal back, after going one down, could have seen the gamely Imps kick on and bruise the egos of opponents, on up to 4 times our heroes weekly wage. That is not to say the Harriers cannot play a bit, but let us not get too ahead of ourselves in the opening gambit readers.

For the benefit of  Harriers, visiting the site for the first time, first the  score & scorers, secondly the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Harrier  at  Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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KidderminsterLincoln City

(H/T  10)

Scorers

Jackman 27, Storer 80, L Vaughan 89 

Att 2,326

Ref: Breakspear

Harriers 2132 Imps 194   

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The teams & Schemes 

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Likely Team & scheme

Steve Burr favours 4-3-3

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1 Lewis

2 Vaughan 22 Dunkley 30 Gowling 3 Demitriou

21 Briggs 4 Storer 16 Jackman

10 Malbon 20 Gash 14 Pilkington

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 Substitutions
43 Devaney on for Pilkington, 67 Johnson on for Briggs,  90 Gittings on for Malbon 

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Subs 

23 N Vaughan (GK), 18 Gittings  (MF) , 26 Devaney  (MF),   9 Rowe (STR), 11 Johnson (STR)

 

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3-5-2

(then 4-3-3)

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1 Farman 

20 Miller   25 Brown    5 Boyce (Y-70)  

 12 Sheridan (Y-51)  37 Fofana 8 Power  4 Jordan 7 Smith         

10 Taylor  14 Vadaine 

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Substitutions

  70 Hobson on for  Smith

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Subs 

31 David Preece (GK), 6 Garner (DF),  18 Jake Jones (MF),  35 Turnbull (MF), 23 Craig Hobson (STR)

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But to the game fellow football fans, to the game…….

The Harriers clearly want to capitalise on the Stags slip at the Dragons and are quick to dictate the game.  Clear cut chances are scarce as the Imps dig in. Demitriou fizzez in a free kick but Farman saves well. Boyce and Fofana clear well as the pressure mounts.  It is a real battle of attrition in the middle with 5 on 5 at times. The Imps do spring some counters but Taylor is well marshalled by Gowling who he fouls to end a promising 3 man move. Oliver then heads agonisingly wide

On 27 a lovely piece of trickery from Malbon, inside the box, finds Jackman who buries one in the bottom right-hand corner.  Farman has no chance.  The Harriers are flying, Vaughan takes a pot-shot that goes just over the crossbar.  Pilkington twists and turns to fizz another one just the wrong side of the bar. Gash also shoots wide of the left-hand upright.  A Jackman free-kick sees Dunkley out-jump Brown but again the effort goes over.

Pilkington leaves the field to be replaced by Devaney. The Imps respond with Oliver heading just wide before being caught offside as we end the half well.

Second half.

Both managers kept the faith, with the Imps determined to get something from the game.  Smith is bright, skins his man and crosses but Lewis is alert and smoothers the danger.  Sheridan gets a yellow for a foul on Storer as the Harriers catch their second wind. Boyce stands tall and heads a Delaney delivery clear.

With both sides playing 4-3-3 The Harriers are needing to get physical. A couple of City moves are ended by Briggs fouls on Jordan and Power.  A Power corner is cleared by Gash, pitching in bravely at the back.  On 67 Johnson is brought on for Briggs, it will change the outcome of the game. On 81 minutes, Johnson sends in a glorious ball, Storer scampers and scores with a deft flick over Farman for the second, certainly decisive, goal.  Vaughan, on the overlap, piled on the misery on 89 minutes,  to fire a fine third into the far corner.

Synopsis

The Imps find ourselves just two points from the drop zone and half-way through two tough away fixtures. Gateshead hammered Luton 5-1 in a home from home fixture, so we should expect a reaction on Tuesday night. Tamworth, our final home game of the season was always going to be vital despite a great run of form that pulled us back from the brink.  Fortunately the Stags did us a favour with a 4-0 romp at Barrow. It was been a disappointing week for our rivals who also blew their game in hand against Ebbsfleet with a 1-1 draw. They are still four points back with a mountain to climb in the last three games.  Nuneaton also drew 1-1 at Ebbsfleet. They are now level on games, 2 points back with 3 to play like ourselves. Stockport moved out of the bottom four thanks to a 3-2 win at Alfreton, they are just a point behind us now, showing how close things are.  Alfreton entertain Barrow in a last chance saloon six-pointer on Tuesday, whilst Nuneaton go to in-form Gateshead.  Stockport will have to wait until Dartford on Saturday before their Tuesday opportunity next week at Gateshead. A point for the Imps on Tuesday and, a win against Tamworth on Saturday, will be vital before then you feel.

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Kidderminster – Lincoln City

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Stats

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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45% Ball 55%

4 Shots on 0

3 Misses 2

1 Saves 1

3 Corners 3

1 Offside 1

10 Fouls 7

0 Yellows 1

0 Reds 0

BSP Table 6/4/13

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 12 Kidderminster Harriers 44 26 9 9 76 39 37 87
12 down 10 Luton Town 41 15 11 15 59 58 1 56
13 down 3 Cambridge United 43 14 14 15 65 65 0 56
14 down 14 Hyde FC 43 15 7 21 60 67 -7 52
15 down 15 Alfreton Town 42 13 12 17 60 71 -11 51
16 No Change Tamworth 42 14 9 19 51 62 -11 51
17 down 17 Southport 44 13 12 19 70 83 -13 51
18 up 2 Gateshead 42 12 14 16 54 57 -3 50
19 down 19 Lincoln City 43 13 11 19 59 68 -9 50
20 down 20 Stockport County 43 13 10 20 56 70 -14 49
21 down 21 Nuneaton 43 11 15 17 49 62 -13 48
22 down 7 Barrow 43 11 13 19 44 76 -32 46
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 41 8 14 19 53 80 -27 38
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 44 5 17 22 49 74 -25 32
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Posted on April 7, 2013, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes, Relegation Reprieve 2012/13, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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