matts' match report
Vs shrewsbury 
Worcestershires finest

A comical own goal from David Artell gave Harriers their first ever victory in the Football League at Gay Meadow.

Harriers welcomed back Sean Parrish who was named on the bench against his former club, and Drewe Broughton made a welcome return, he partnered Bo Henriksen up front.  No place for the 'fit again' Abdou Sall though.

Bo Henriksen We travelled to Gay Meadow on one of the two supporters coaches, the journey wasn't the best, bumpy, winding roads but at the end it was worth it.  In the past, we were welcomed by the locals with one fingered gestures, Saturday wasn't the same, with many of them not noticing that we had arrived!

Onto the game, it was the Shrews who created the first chance with a cross coming from the right went right across the face of the goal, Ryan Lowe came in and somehow hit it over the bar to the shock of the home crowd.

They were made to pay for that miss as Sam Shiltons ball found top-scorer Bo Henriksen who scored his 6th goal of the season.  Credit to Bo, he carried on as the home defence stopped in hope there was an offside.

Shrewsbury, who weren't exactly roared on by their fans who were quiet throughout the game, started to come forward.  Luke Rodgers, who has been a naughty boy off the field hit a shot over the bar from Ian Woans cross.  They did equalise after 18 minutes, Ryan Lowe getting on the end of a cross which beat Stuart Brock.

Stuart Brock A minute after, referee David Pugh awarded the home side a penalty which surprised just about everyone in the ground.  No Shrews players or fans appealed.  It was for apparent shirt pulling by Lee Ayres on Luke Rodgers.

Shrewsbury Captain Nigel Jemson stepped up and saw his penalty saved by Brock, Karl Murray flew in but his shot was blocked by the Harriers keeper to send the 500-odd Harriers fans behind the goal into raptures.  Justice was done!

Sean Flynn, JJ Melligan and Sam Shilton all went close for Worcestershires finest but it was Shrewsbury who took the lead on 45 minutes, the unmarked Ryan Lowe shooting past Stuart Brock at his near post to give the home side the lead.  It was Lowe's second of the game and his first goals of the season, the sitter he missed in the early stages of the game was well and truly forgotten.

To go in losing at half time would have been hard on Harriers, and they didn't go in losing, they went in at 2-2 thanks to Danny Williams's deflected free kick.

The referee moved the free-kick 10 yards and Williams's initial shot was going miles wide but it hit a Shrews player and went in to the joy of the Kiddy following.

Harriers were more in it during the second half, early pressure was rewarded was Melligans cross was headed into his own goal by David Artell.

Shrewsbury rarely troubled the Harriers defence and it was Harriers who were the more likely to score again.  Town centre-backs Redmile and Artell were looking shaky as Harriers started to whip in good crosses.  Drewe Broughton went through and tried to chip the keeper but saw his 'shot' trickle wide, the big man knew he should have charged forward more and then hit it.

Drewe Broughton Sean Flynn also nearly made it 4-2.  The Shrews keeper Ian Dunbavin kicked poorly by the corner flag and Flynn hit it, it was going wide anyway but Dunbavin got a hand to it which nearly put it in but it went for a corner.  This earn't the former Liverpool trainee chants of 'dodgy keeper' directed at him by the Harriers fans behind that goal.

The last 10 minutes were nervy but Harriers held on for a good victory which sprung them into 7th.

Hopefully we'll see a few more through the gate at Aggborough when we entertain Cambridge United next week.

FT. 2 - 3
Shrewsbury  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Dunbavin     Brock  
Moss   Smith  
van Blerk     Stamps  
Murray   Williams  
Redmile     Hinton
Artell     Ayres  
Lowe   Flynn  
Atkins     Melligan  
Rogers     Broughton
Jemson     Henriksen
Woan     Shilton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Kendall     Danby  
Drysdale     Bennett  
Stevens     Parrish  
Wilding     Foster  
Murphy     Coleman  

Mr D Pugh

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