|Brockie walks at Luton.
Stuart Brock today confirmed the thoughts of all Harriers fans today. He's absolutely terrified of playing against Luton Town.
After gifting them three goals in the game at Aggborough back in January he was sent off at Kenilworth Rd today for handling the ball outside the area after being put under pressure by Matt Taylor.
No, Luton aren't Brockies favourite team.
Jan did his usual trick of naming players in the starting line-up after discounting them the previous day as being injured. Bo Henriksen started with Colin Larkin being named as a sub.
In Jan's defence though he had no real choice with so many out injured and no chance of getting the game called off.
We didn't get the best of starts when Craig Hinton was viciously hacked down by Paul Hughes. The Luton midfielder was amazingly allowed to stay on the pitch after only receiving a yellow card for his attempt to decimate our squad further.
If the referee had done his job properly in the first place the same player would not have been able to grab the only goal of the game minutes later.
A throw on the left was played on to Matthew Spring who then played in Hughes whose piledriver flashed past Brock from twenty yds out.
The Hatters came close to adding a second on the thirty minute mark but Howards shot was well saved as Brockie managed to get down to it and push it round the post.
A third was almost added when Crowes point blank shot went across the face of the goal after Spring had sent Steve Howard down the left un-opposed.
In reply Bo tried his luck with a left foot chip that sailed over the Luton bar.
The half came to an end with clashes between the teams in the tunnel.
A tackle by Drewe Broughton on a Luton player was the start of the trouble then Henriksen was fouled by Nicholls.
The ref blew his whistle with everyone thinking it was for the fouls when in fact it was for the interval.
The fighting continued in the visibly shaking tunnel and Jan was seen being restrained by players.
After the break Luton were soon back on the attack with Howard almost getting on the end of Alan Neilsonís cross but it hit the crossbar and was cleared to safety.
The Reds had a penalty appeal turned down just after when Broughton was sent sprawling but the ref waved play on as usual.
Again Luton missed a chance to increase their lead when Spring broke down the right and beat the offside trap but his cross was headed over by Taylor.
Then came Brockies sending off.
This was something he didn't need but as Taylor attempted to chip him he rushed from out of his area and stuck a hand up.
Unlike the first half incident the ref didn't think twice and brandished a red card.
A quick re-shuffle by Jan saw Clarkson leaving the field and the reserve keeper, John Danby, coming on for his debut.
Our first real direct attempt on goal came after that but Abdou Salls weak header was easily collected by Ovendale in goal for Luton.
In reply Dean Crowe fired over and then found himself being replaced by Adrian Forbes who in turn volleyed just wide after being set up with a long clearance from Ovendale.
Justice was finally seen to be done when the Luton goal scorer was sent off for dissent 87 minutes after he should have been in the first place.
Although we never looked like getting anything from this match in the end we managed to keep the score down after all the fears of another hammering.
It's Brockie who should be in our thoughts tonight after failing to exorcise his demons.
Brock, Hinton, Smith, Clarkson, Joy, Williams, Sall, Bird, Foster, Broughton, Henriksen.
Danby, Larkin, Shilton, Ayres, Davies.
Ovendale, Bayliss, Perrett, Neilson, Coyne, Taylor, Spring, Nicholls, Howard, Hughes, Crowe.
Ward, Forbes, Valois, Boyce, Fotiadis.
Yellow. Harriers 1. Joy
Yellow. Luton Town 2. Hughes, Neilson.
Red. Harriers 1. Brock.
Red. Luton Town 1. Hughes.
Referee; Mr G Hegley (Herts).
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