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Harriers 1 Hayes & Yeading Utd 0

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Date: 08-08-09gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 1471gif away fans: 95
At last an opening day way win

gifReport by Harry Taylor
Football returned to Aggborough today with a lacklustre win against a poor, newly promoted Hayes & Yeading side.  Dean Coleman started his first game as number one keeper and did himself no harm with his performance keeping a clean sheet.

One surprise inclusion in the first team lineup was Liam Dolman instead of Duane Courtney and perhaps Courtney should have started as Dolman on the whole didn't have the best of games.

Hayes started well keeping the ball but not forcing any opportunities or openings in the Kidderminster defence, their best chance coming through Page-Allen with a save made via Dean Coleman's knees on the ten minute mark.

Harriers then unsuccessfully tried to get into the game with Smikle making runs down the wing only to be repeatedly hacked down by the Hayes & Yeading full backs but the referee, Mr Harwood, seemed oblivious to such challenges and made no bookings.  The reluctance to show any cards was to carry on through the game as there were many challenges that were surely worthy of more than a talking to.

The Harriers took the initiative from then on and started to pass the ball around fairly well with a lot of attacks coming through left back Lee Baker.  Then in the 35th minute Harriers took the lead.

Smikle played a low ball into the box from the left flank that David McDermott allowed to carry on by letting it run under his foot.  Barnes-Homer took a touch that perhaps he needn't have done but still put the ball away with his left foot into the bottom right hand corner.

After this Kidderminster controlled the play and deserved another goal but they couldn't get the final touch on the ball.  At half time Harriers were leading by one goal to nil.
HT: 1 - 0
The second half started a lot like the first with Hayes taking the game to the Reds culminating in their best chance through a run and header by Page-Allen in the 51st minute that just missed Dean Coleman's right hand corner.

The game then turned into a stalemate with Harriers failing to get another clear chance and Hayes hadn't got the forward line to do any damage to the Harriers score.  The next notable chance for the Harriers came around seventy minutes as Chris McPhee took a nice touch with the outside of his boot and then looked to piledrive the ball into the far corner of the goal but just missed and sent the ball to the keepers left of the goal.

By this time Kidderminster had got a hold on the game and had a string of corners that new boy Kyle Hadley failed to do any damage with - two of them not beating the first man.  The game continued comfortably for the Harriers until the 90th minute arrived and Hayes & Yeading, realising they needed to get a result, attacked for the last four minutes with the pacey and impressive Dale Binns especially continuing to cause problems for the Harriers defence.

However, Dean Coleman and co kept strong to secure the win for Mark Yates and the Harriers fans.  Man of the match was awarded to the scorer Matthew Barnes-Homer but, I feel David McDermott was more deserving of the award with constant running and trickery confusing the Hayes & Yeading defence.

If Hayes & Yeading don't improve on this performance though and get a decent forward line they will be at the wrong end of the table come the end of the season.
FT: 1 - 0

 Goal for Harriers: Barnes-Homer 35


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Harriers  subs   cards      Hayes & Yeading Utd  subs   cards 
Coleman     Overland  
Dolman gif     Allen-Page  
Baker     Green  
Smikle     Cadmore  
Caines     Ruby gif  
Riley     Marwa  
McPhee     Mulley  
Bennett gif   Canham gif  
Barnes-Homer     Gradwell
Knights gif     Cochrane  
McDermott     Binns  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Singh     Preddie  
Courtney gif     Fitzgerald gif
Finnigan gif     El-Abd  
Hadley gif     James gif  
Sharpe     Little  

REFEREE:
Mr C Harwood
Manchester





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