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Date: 05-03-11gif Venue: Kenilworth Roadgif att: 6108gif away fans: 176
Harriers get a big point at Luton

gif Report by Harry Taylor
Before the game many saw this as one of our hardest away games of the season.  Today the Harriers visited Kenilworth Road to play Luton Town with 3rd playing 5th in the Blue Square Premier.

Matthew Barnes-Homer was up front for Luton Town against the club where he made his name.  For the Harriers Callum Gittings replaced Nick Wright on the left of midfield and Tom Sharpe retained his place despite Lee Vaughan being fit again.

Lloyd Owusu was the man of the opening stages within seconds of kick off when he went down in the area.  With calls for a penalty ringing out from the Luton fans, and the Harriers fans standing with hearts in their mouths expecting the worst, the referee, Rob Whitton, deceived everyone by booking Owusu for diving.  A minute later the same player then proceeded to hit a firm shot towards Danny Lewis' right hand post but he got a good hand on to keep it out of the goal.

Harriers had a chance to score but Michael Briscoe's header across the face of goal following Tom Shaw's free kick was deemed to be offside anyway.  Then following good work by Matty Blair on the right hand side he whipped a cross in that Gittings could only head the ball straight at Mark Tyler in the Luton goal.

Gittings was made to rue that chance seconds later when Barnes-Homer rattled in one of the best finishes of the season, and in years, possibly the best I've seen in seven years of watching the Harriers.  He ran down the right hand side into the area, Briscoe put a solid challenge in but the ball bobbled free to be controlled again by Barnes-Homer who, with the angle as tight as it would go, hammered a shot goalwards from about eight yards out that flew into the top of the net then proceeded to hit the far post and come back to Lewis.  At first the linesman flagged for a 'no goal' but after a quick consultation the referee awarded it and rightly so.  With the angle and the power it was a great finish by the former Harriers hero.

Harriers almost got a goal back through Sean Canham after Mark Albrighton's shot was deflected by him onto Tyler's bar and away to safety.  Two more chances for Luton via Owusu and Barnes-Homer saw the Harriers go into the break a goal down but still in the game.
  HT: 1 - 0
After the second half started the Harriers scored with the first real chance of the half.  A Mike Williams free kick was sent towards the far post, into a ruck of players, to be met by Chris McPhee whose header went past Tyler into the top right hand corner of the goal to send the travelling fans into absolute raptures and wild celebrations.  They had provided superb support for the team and had put Luton's to shame in their own, supposedly, hotbed of support.

Following the goal Luton pressed for the rest of the half, much like the Wrexham game last week, with the Harriers defending superbly and forcing Barnes-Homer to drop deep into the right of midfield at times to get the ball and run at defenders.  Lewis was forced into some good saves and looked almost shocked when one hit the top of the bar and went over which, an inch lower, could've gone down into the goal.

However the Harriers again rode out the game and stifled the Luton attack to get an important point away from home in a game that some people didn't give us a shout in.

Attention now has to turn to Crawley Town on Tuesday night when the title-challengers visit Aggborough.  We shouldn't fear them and could certainly give them a good run for their money and on current form could send them away from Aggborough without what they came looking for.
  FT: 1 - 1

 Goal for Luton: Barnes-Homer 27
 Goal for Harriers: McPhee 52


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Luton Town  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Tyler     Lewis  
Gleeson     Sharpe  
Murray     Williams  
Keane     Briscoe  
Carden     Shaw  
G Pilkington     Albrighton  
Howells gif     Blair  
Kroca     Briggs gif  
Barnes-Homer     Canham gif  
Gnapka     McPhee  
Owusu   Gittings  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
K Pilkington     Stevens  
Graham     Morris gif  
Crow     Matt gif  
Poku     Wright  
Morgan-Smith gif     Vaughan  

REFEREE:
Mr R Whitton
Essex




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