Harriers 4 Lincoln 1 – Two Worldys, A Boyce OG But Wright Strikes
The Imps put up a battling performance at Kidderminster Harriers but it would take two moment of pure genius to put the game beyond the gamely Imps who battled throughout against one of the divisions aristocrats. But let us not get too ahead of ourselves……..
For the benefit of Kidderminster fans visiting STMI for the first time , first the Teams & schemes then a blow by blow followed by more stats than you can shake an Imp or Harrier at, thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
scorers: 42′ Gash, 55 Boyce (OG) 68 Storer, 80 Wright, 90 Malbon
Attendance 2103 (1898 Harriers 205 Imps )
Ref Mr Huxtable
Steve Burr 4-3-3
2 L Vaughan 15 Grimes 30 Gowling 16 Jackman
8 Fowler 7 Byrne
21 Lolley 13 Blissett
22 Morgan- Smith
29 Gash on for Blissett, 66 Malbon on for Byrne, 77 Johnson on for Lolley
On the bench
23 N Vaughan, 10 Malbon, 18 Gittings, 9 Gash, 11 Johnson
Simmo 4-3-3 (Diamond)
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Power (Y-20) Sheridan
52 Wright on for Jordan, 72 Fofana on for Nolan, 83 Dixon on for Foster
On the bench
6 Fofana, 10 Wright, 14 Yussuf, 15 Gray, 17 Dixon
To the game fellow football fans to the game……………
The Imps kick off but Newton’s ball is too optimistic for Tomlinson and a swift counter sees Farman save from Lolley’s angled effort. Kidderminster have adopted an even passing tempo limiting Lincoln to the long ball to tireless Tomlinson who appears to be denied by a Grimes hand-ball. Lincoln’s first corner is cleared with the Harriers up the other end in a flash but the ball again runs through for Farman. Jordan beats Gowling in the air, the ball falls to Tomlinson who flashes wide agonisingly.
Nolan and Storer are enjoying a terrific contest as the latter concedes a free-kick to the former. Boyce clears in clinical and timely fashion with Morgan-Smith just about to pull the trigger. A Jordan and Power one-two sees Power play to Newton who sends over a beauty that just eludes poacher Tomlinson. The Imps win two further corners and a throw that threaten the Harriers with Grimes clearly rattled and Gowling looking better on the ground than in the air as Boyce again rises highest but heads wide.
Brown brilliantly robs Morgan-Smith but overlapping full-back Vaughan earns the first corner of the game for the hosts. Its a poor one to say the least. Brown, in inspiring form, beats Morgan-Smith to the ball but his pass to Newton is poor, but we get lucky as Lolley is erroneously deemed to have fouled him for a free-kick. Storer also goes in very hard on Jordan before Power sends a shot on the turn wide. Lolley checks and plays in Storer who heads over after a powerful and inspiring 70 yard run from deep.
Newton slows Vaughan down with a timely but choice challenge before Lolley is away again and crosses to Morgan-Smith who cracks one first-time. Farman sees the shot late but saves brilliantly with his legs and gets Sheridan away but the ball is again too long for Tomlinson. Power is then booked for a high challenge on Jackman who is looking to exploit some space down their left flank. Lolley has a dig from outside the box but fires wide to the right.
Good work from Foster, Miller and Tomlinson sees Foster cross, Sheridan dummies and Tomlinson forces a terrific save from Lewis. The Harriers counter superbly and Farmer palms away a certain goal from Storer. On 29 minutes Blissett (injured) makes way for goal machine Gash illustrating the strength in depth on the home bench, although the Imps to their credit have dealt well with the quality opposition so far. Brown and Foster are excelling on a surprisingly long cut turf considering the passing ability of the opposition that has seen a few of the players struggle to keep their feet.
A great move from the Imps sees Power feed Nolan who hammers a delicious drive a foot wide. A Sheridan cross earns a corner off Grimes that Power takes short and the ball eventually comes out to Newton who thumps one down the keepers throat. Full-back Vaughan gets straight up the line to earn another corner in less than a blink of the eye. Power, rather bravely considering his yellow, trips Lolley five minutes before half time but it still proves costly. Goal machine Gash, yet to break sweat as a sub, thunders a jaw-dropping twenty-five yarder into the top corner for the lead. Hard on the Imps but worth the admission money in itself, although Vaughan has been the stand-out performer of the half on the overlap down their right.
The Harriers get the game under way in the rain, but the Imps are the first to threaten with Newton just unable to get on the end of a probing Nolan ball. Lolley is away again, turns inside on his left and curls a bullet onto the cross-bar. Sheridan almost gets Tomlinson in but we are hopelessly outnumbered in the final third when we do break. Nick Wright replaces Jordan in an attempt to remedy this and salvage something from the game. Power plays out to Sheridan but Jackman charges his cross down for a corner.
Morgan-Smith plays to Lolley who cracks another that deflects off Power onto the cross-bar and behind for a corner. Lolley, the life and soul, receives the ball and gets in a decent cross that cannons off Boyce for the second of the game. The Imps get the ball forward but Sheridan’s elects to shoot near post down the keepers throat when Tomlinson or Wright were the better options. Kidderminster are knocking the ball about nicely, although sideways rather than forward, apparently confident the game is won. This encourages the Imps, Power has a shot charged down and Newton sends a drive wide.
The greasy surface and wet conditions are making the need for precise passing paramount. Vaughan is away again but his cross hits the hand of Miller – deemed ball to hand – for a fortunate corner. Gowling gets in a header at the far post that Newton clears off the line. The Harriers now introduce the talented Malbon for Byrne in a bid to get a third. A great sliding tackle from Sheridan picks the pocket of Jackman who is just about to shoot after a glorious meandering 50 yard run.
The Imps have not given up and are still winning the individual battles up and down the field, however in the face of true quality there is little any team can do. Storer, marauding forward, catches the ball perfectly to send another 25-yarder into the top left corner for the second ‘worldy’ of the game and the Harriers killer third. A super cross from Newton sees Wright head across the goal and wide before Nolan is saved for the cup game, replaced by Fofana.
Storer clearly has the confidence, but this time his speculative effort is well off and Lolley then fires wide before being replaced by Johnson. A decent cross from Sheridan sees Lewis claim under pressure from Wright. Another 4 man move sees The Harriers denied a fourth thanks to the off-side flag as Gash finds Morgan-Smith who neatly nutmegs Farman.
A great ball from Fofana, off the outside of the foot, taking it away from the keeper, sees Wright head home with aplomb. Tomlinson also goes in hard on Gowling to the joy of the travelling Imps as the Imps go for a second. Dixon is brought on for Foster and, as the the Imps throw the kitchen sink at the situation Sheridan is brought down on the edge of the box. Newton hitches up his shorts, fires goalwards but his drive is brilliantly saved by Lewis. Tomlinson also wriggles free but his effort goes over before Sheridan gives a cute ball to Dixon who shoots agonisingly wide.
Alas The Harriers grab that fourth as the Imps continue to commit too many forward with Malbon finishing a lightening counter. Its tough on Lincoln who have battled throughout, but quality has undoubtedly won the day. Of their 18 shots the Harriers got 13 on target of which four were goals, two of which were worth the admission money on their own. To their credit and the honour of the vociferous 205 that travelled Lincoln kept going and can hold their heads up high despite the result. The Harriers look like Championship contenders on this showing.
Shots on includes goals, saves includes crosses claimed
50% Ball 50%
13 Shots on 6
5 Misses 8
5 Saves 8
3 Corners 2
4 Offside 2
8 Fouls 6
0 Yellows 1
0 Reds 0
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