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Harriers hit by hat trick

Kidderminster Harriers final away game of the campaign ended in despair as they fell to their heaviest league defeat of the season at Hull City.

Harriers made one change to the side that drew at York on Easter Monday with Bo Henriksen returning from suspension in place of Andy Bishop who dropped to the bench.

Harriers got off to the worst possible start when they went a goal behind after only five minutes through a Ben Burgess penalty.  Carl Regan was the man brought down inside the penalty area by Scott Stamps after the Harriers defence was caught napping.

The goal appeared to give Harriers the lift they needed.  Dion Scott headed Sean Flynn's cross over the crossbar soon after.  Bo Henriksen, reportedly a transfer target for Hull this summer, wasted a great opportunity to equalise for Harriers on the quarter hour mark when Sam Shilton played him in with a neat threaded pass.  Unfortunately for Harriers the Dane mis-controlled the ball and the opportunity was lost.

Drewe Broughton stabbed a shot wide minutes later before Burgess headed just wide at the other end of the pitch.

Harriers hit back with some neat passing play.  Shilton watched his 25-yard effort tipped over the cross bar by Alan Fettis in the home goal.

Henriksen thought he had notched his 21st goal of the season when he tucked a header past Fettis from ten yards out.  Unfortunately Henriksen was adjudged to have been in an offside position when the ball was played in by Hinton.

Harriers were hit by a killer second goal on 38 minutes and yet again it was a defensive error that cost them dear.  A right wing cross from Jon Walters was intercepted by Dion Scott.  However the central defender hesitated on the ball leaving Burgess to nip in and score his second of the afternoon from just six yards out.

Hull went close twice again in quick succession.  Walters forced a good diving save from Brock whilst Stuart Elliott went close with a header a minute later.

In first half stoppage time Sean Parrish narrowly failed to connect onto the end of Drewe Broughton's downward header.

HT. 2 - 0

Harriers made one change during the interval with Hugh McAuley replacing Scott.  As a result Danny Williams dropped back into the centre of defence.

Six minutes after the re-start Henriksen had yet another goal chalked off when he headed the ball past Fettis from close range.  However match referee Phil Crossley ruled the Dane had fouled the keeper in the process.

However on 60 minutes Harriers earnt themselves a lifeline when they pulled a goal back.  Henriksen out-muscled Justin Whittle on the touchline and sped towards goal.  As the Hull defence appealed for a foul, Henriksen passed the ball across the goalmouth which was only half cleared by the home defence.  As the ball came back out Sean Parrish rifled a volley past Fettis to record his fifth goal of the season.

On 69 minutes McAuley went close to equalising when he curled a 20-yard free-kick narrowly wide.

Parrish went close again for Harriers when he volleyed Broughton's downward header into the side netting.  At the other end Williams cleared Elliott's header off the line.

However Hull took the wind out of the Harriers sails with two late goals that Harriers' performance didn't deserve.  The third was a result of yet more poor defensive play when Craig Hinton was caught napping on the touchline by Jon Walters.  The front man then paced towards goal before lifting the ball over Stuart Brock.

The fourth and final goal of the game arrived in the 88th minute when Burgess completed his hat-trick with a looping header that left the back tracking Brock grasping at thin air.

The result was an unfair reflection on Harriers' performance who were once again their own worst enemies.

FT. 4 - 1

Match report courtesy of the Official Website.

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Hull City  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Fettis     Brock  
Otsemobor     Scott  
Joseph     Stamps  
Whittle     Williams  
Delaney     Hinton  
Regan     Parrish  
Keates     Bennett  
Melton     Flynn  
Elliott     Broughton  
Burgess     Henriksen  
Walters     Shilton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Musselwhite     Danby  
Webb     Foster  
Reeves     McAuley  
Burton     Ayres  
Russell     Bishop  

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