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Harriers 3 Lewes 2 - FA Trophy 2nd rd

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Date: 19-01-10gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 654gif away fans: 7
Thank God for Gavin Caines

gifReport by Harry Taylor
The Harriers did their part to secure a local derby in the 3rd round of the FA Trophy with a lucky win over Blue Square South side Lewes this evening.  All we need now is for Worcester City to play their part and to win at Carshalton in their replay next week after only managing a dire draw last night.

We made hard work of this game after looking ready to grab a hat full of goals in the first half but then allowed Lewes back into the game late on in the second half with some poor defending to set up a tense yet, eventually rewarding few minutes for Harriers.

In, what could be John Finnegan's last game as caretaker, he named a strong team that included Nathan Hayward and Damian Spencer.  From the kick off we completely controlled the game and opened the scoring, after what seemed like an age, in the eleventh minute as Robbie Matthews drilled a free kick off the wall and into the bottom left hand corner past Rikki Banks to lukewarm celebrations throughout Aggborough.

This dominance continued in the half and threatened to turn into a cricket score as Brian Smikle and Matthews both squandered good chances when the ball was crossed in from the right on two occasions.  Smikle was also guilty of missing a poor diving header and also failing to cross the ball to Knights as Harriers failed to build a counter-attack.

Lewes were very poor value for money and it was easy to see why they are struggling near to the bottom of the table.  Most of their players are kids and sometimes they looked very naive in their physical approach to our passing game and at times we were running circles around them.

To their credit they managed to keep the scoreline down to a single first half goal but then again that could be due to our inadequacy in front of goal.
HT: 1 - 0
The second half continued much the same as the first with Spencer continuing to be the target man force for the Harriers attacking line as the Lewes defenders failed to close him down, allowing him easy headers to set up attacks.  This eventually paid off as Kidderminster scored their second goal of the game from Darryl Knights.

In a feat that makes John Jensen’s goalless run for Arsenal seem relatively short he scored his first goal in well over a year.  However with the two nil lead and the game seemingly in hand the Reds then slipped into a period of complacency which peaked as Martin Riley headed a poor back pass straight to Kane Louis who rounded the pressurised Dean Coleman with ease and crossed the ball to Aaron Hopkinson who hit the ball into the net via a deflection off the back of Gavin Caines.

The Harriers failed to learn from this mistake and mere minutes later Louis set up the goal again as a pinpoint pass lead to Louis Pople sprinting past Gavin Caines and hitting a fine shot into the top corner to level the game.

The home fans were by now getting restless and frustrated by their teams lack of defensive capabilities, and with Matthews being taken off midway through the second half, his replacement Aaron Farrell again wasn't up to the task despite the intense encouragement the crowd provided him.  Then, just as the Harriers fans were contemplating a trip down to the south coast to watch the replay, the ball ping ponged around in the Lewes box.  Knights was just one of the players to have a shot cleared off the line but then the man who scored a late winner against Crawley did it again because in the 89th minute Caines hit a fine shot past the three defenders on the line to cue mad celebrations that vastly contrasted with the tepid celebrations for the first goal.

Harriers now await the winner of the replay of the Carshalton v Worcester game in the hope that they can set up the first local derby between the Worcestershire teams in almost 20 years.
  FT: 3 - 2

 Goals for Harriers: Matthews 11, Knights 51, Caines 89
 Goals for Lewes: Hopkinson 79, Pople 84


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Harriers  subs   cards      Lewes  subs   cards 
Coleman     Banks  
Courtney     Timms  
Baker     Barness  
Bennett gif     Pearson  
Caines     Peauroux gif  
Riley     Breach  
McPhee     Hopkinson  
Smikle     Walder
Spencer     Rivers gif  
Knights     Foreman gif  
Matthews gif     Royce
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Singh     Keehan  
Hayward gif     Louis gif  
Dolman     Pople gif  
Farrell gif     Sutton  
Finnigan     Crillan gif

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