The Harriers picked up their first ever win at Luton Town today to continue in our position at the top of the table but later on as the jubilant Harriers fans were making their way home came the truly shocking news that a young fan had been stabbed and a coach window smashed.
The full facts have yet to be released but some Luton fans are insisting it wasn't anything to do with them and more likely to be a race related incident. Whatever the reason behind it the result now has a shadow hanging over it and one that neither side want or need.
No more will be said about the incident now until more facts come our way apart from wishing the young fan a speedy recovery.
The day saw a return to the ground that more or less saw the end of our hopes of a play-off place last season when a single goal from Lutons Robbie Willmott mid way through the second half broke the Harriers fans hearts. Today we went there knowing that just one more point from any of our remaining games would at the very least assure us a play-off place this time round while Luton would be hoping for a win to at least gain a rare three points in a disappointing season.
We started the game with some more minor tinkering as James Vincent dropped to the bench in favour of Keith Briggs. Marvin Johnson was again on the bench and it seems that Steve Burr sees him as more of a super sub than a ninety minute man. Luton started the game with the strange choice of putting their star man Andre Gray on the bench while the overweight battle tank Steve McNulty started as their central defender.
That mistake was to pay dividends just under a quarter of a hour into the game.
The Harriers had already started the game strongly without really threatening Mark Tyler in the home goal although Luton had already gone close when Sol Taiwo pounced on a ball that fell kindly from a rebound for him. His shot hit a defender and went high into the air, and goalwards, but luckily Danny Lewis was under it to clutch it safely.
Chey Dunkley had a chance early on when he sent a header from a corner weakly into the keepers hands and then ten minutes later Anthony Malbon had a better attempt that saw Tyler claw the ball over the bar from his powerful shot on the run.
A minute later and the Harriers had got the goal they were looking for and it came from the Harriers star defender Josh Gowling but for once not from his prominent forehead. Instead a corner ball was cleared but only as far as Josh to hammer the ball back towards the goal and in.
The goal seemed to spur the home side on and they responded with Jon Shaw trying his luck from distance but Lewis pushed it away towards Scott Rendell. He then played in David Martin but cross back in was eventually blocked by Chey Dunkley. They came too close for comfort a minute later when Rendells powerhouse of a shot rattled the crossbar with Lewis well beaten and then cleared by Dunkley yet again.
We went back on the attack again and this time Michael Gash beat his man to a ball and played in Malbon to strike the ball firmly towards goal but a last ditch stop on the line from McNulty prevented the ball from going in. The second goal followed shortly afterwards and it fell for Malbon.
This time McNulty's turning circle of an oil tanker allowed Malbon to nip past him as he fell to the floor. The referee ignored the calls for a foul as Malbon stormed towards the goal, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home for his eighteenth goal of the season.
McNulty was relieved of his duties before the game re-started and Scott Griffiths came on for his debut after signing from Peterborough earlier in the week.
It was almost a third goal for the Reds a few minutes before the break when Malbon again beat his marker to feed Danny Pilkington with the ball. Pilks sent the ball into the area towards Gash but, with the goal at his mercy, it was just too high for him to reach and inevitably bury.
Luton had one more chance before the break to pull a goal back but again Lewis denied Rendell the glory after the former Cambridge man glanced his header goalwards.