Kidderminster Harriers suffered their first defeat in three games today as they failed to perform against AFC Wimbledon on a cold afternoon at Aggborough. The Dons worked hard against a weakened Harriers side missing key right back Duane Courtney who was missing through the flu with Liam Dolman coming in to replace him.
Damien Spencer picked up his first start for the Harriers replacing outgoing striker Matthew Barnes-Homer to create a big man front two with Robbie Matthews. Fellow new boy Ryan Charles started from the bench.
The game started brightly for the Harriers with the large striker Spencer going on a run and producing a shot that went just over the bar of visiting goalkeeper Seb Brown. Moments later the referee, Robert Madley, awarded a free kick against Dean Bennett when it appeared to most of the Harriers fans behind the goal that Bennett had done nothing wrong. This became commonplace throughout the game with some of the decisions that he made being somewhat questionable.
Little over a quarter of an hour later and the game had its first goal. The brilliantly monickered Ricky Wellard played a through ball in from the right hand side that centre-back Gavin Caines failed to intercept and so allowed Danny Kedwell to speed past him. Kedwell took take the ball past the Harriers goalkeeper Dean Coleman and slotted it into an empty net for his thirteenth goal of the season.
A few moments later Will Hendry had another chance for the Dons but he hit his shot well over the bar and cleared the top of the stand.
Harriers then created a chance to grab the equaliser with the move culminating in Brian Smikle's tame shot going straight to the keeper Brown. Immediately after and Kidderminster could have found themselves down to ten men.
Angered by the referee's decision not to award him a free kick for pushing Damian Spencer attempted to take his aggression out on Wellard with a late, and arguably, two footed challenge from behind. Spencer luckily got away with just a yellow card that could, and perhaps should, have been so much worse.
Minutes later his strike partner Robbie Matthews had also been entered into the book and this time for no apparent reason. With the visiting fans baying for blood for a nothing challenge the referee produced a yellow card. Matthews will now miss yet another game when Tamworth come to Aggborough on Tuesday evening.
The Harriers main attacking moves were arriving from the left flank with the Peterborough loanee Danny Andrew crossing the ball in, but despite his build, Spencer didn't win most of his headers yet Robbie Matthews won the ball but had nobody on his wavelength to capitalise.
Kidderminster left the field at half time to a muted chorus of booing whilst the Wimbledon fans were content with their deserved goal and score line.