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Harriers 0 York City 1

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Date: 23-03-10gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 1127gif away fans: 135
Harriers hand City the points

gifReport by Morgan Nock
An unlucky performance from Kidderminster Harriers saw them fall to their third defeat in four games at the hands of York City.  On a drizzly evening at Aggborough under 1000 home fans witnessed a host of missed chances with flashes of brilliance and an abundance of individual errors.

The only goal of the game came half way through the second half when Neil Barrett fired across goal from Jamie Clarke's cross in front of the 135 visiting fans.

A pedestrian first half started with much early pressure from York which provided a limited end product.  A series of corners were cleared away as Harriers tried to catch the Minstermen on the break and the first clear chance of the match fell to York when Richard Brodie broke into the box but he dallied on the ball and was tackled by Lee Baker who hoofed the ball forwards.

On the half hour Kidderminster had a chance of their own when Brian Smikle rounded Ben Purkiss but got stuck in the corner and rolled the ball back to Baker who whipped in a teasing cross which was headed wide from a weak effort from James Lawrie.

Moments later Baker was wreaking havoc again and this time his curling cross found Robbie Matthews who hit a half volley just wide.  This was the last real action in a boring opening period.
  HT: 0 - 0
The second half started much more brightly with both sides showing clear determination to break the deadlock.  It was York who had the first chance of the half when Brodie picked out a totally unmarked Paul Harsley who fortunately had his effort superbly parried by the Harriers goalkeeper, Ross Atkins, to save the blushes of a seemingly absent Lee Baker.

The next break through was a meaningful one in the game and particularly for York City.  Jamie Clarke was picked out on the byeline and he played in a tantalising ball which Neil Barrett finished with real quality into the corner of the net and clearly out of Atkins reach.

Conceding that goal seemed to wake up the Kidderminster players and staff alike.  Darryl Knights tried his best to round the City left back James Meredith but the defender proved to be difficult opposition for the Harriers midfielder who was having a tough evening.  Steve Burr then saw it right to remove Dean Bennett and James Lawrie and replace them with Jack Byrne and an energetic Marc Goodfellow.

The changes triggered a nice spell of pressure for the home side and Kidderminster won numerous corners.  Chris McPhee had a shot from twenty yards pushed over by an in-form Michael Ingham and from the resulting corner the ball rebounded out to Marc Goodfellow who played a fantastic ball in.  Robbie Matthews found himself unmarked at the back post and in a position where it was harder to miss than score: Matthews did what has now become predictable for him and missed.

Shortly before he was substituted Darryl Knights found space in midfield and slipped in a delightful ball to Chris McPhee who turned his defender superbly and fired goalwards, but Ingham was once again equal to the shot.  Adam Boyes replace Knights with ten minutes of the game left.

Boyes was involved in the last chance of the match when he out-muscled defender Meredith and headed towards Marc Goodfellow who hit a magnificent volley which forced Ingham to make yet another acrobatic save.

This was a very disappointing and unlucky performance from the Harriers and it resulted in a second consecutive home defeat coming soon after the FA Trophy loss to Stevenage.  A return to winning ways is now vital on Saturday against Salisbury City.
  FT: 0 - 1

 Goal for York: Barrett 67


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Harriers  subs   cards      York City  subs   cards 
Atkins     Ingham  
Courtney     Purkiss  
Baker     Meredith  
McPhee     Graham  
Sharpe     Sangare  
Riley     Harsley  
Smikle     Barrett  
Bennett gif     Clarke  
Lawrie gif     Gash gif  
Knights gif     Brodie  
Matthews     Pitt gif  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Singh     Rankine gif  
Goodfellow gif     Pacquette  
Caines     Smith gif  
Byrne gif     McGurk  
Boyes gif     Parslow  

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