England duo net for three points
31 August 2009Tamworth welcomed Kidderminster Harriers to The Lamb on Bank Holiday Monday following their first defeat of the season at Barrow on Saturday and Gary Mills made one enforced change following Bradley Pritchard’s dismissal at Holker Street – Des Lyttle coming into the starting eleven, moving Richard Tait into midfield.
Tamworth kicked off the game towards the Meadow Street end but Harriers won the first corner of the game inside the first minute. McDemott truck the dead ball into the box and Smikle het it with a header and Lyttle blocked it on the line to deny an opening goal.
At the other end, on 3, MacKenzie unleashed a powerful drive from the right wing which beat Coleman but also whizzed past the far post.
The Lambs then won a corner on the right when Rodman’s shot was deflected away but northing came of the chance.
Alcock collected the ball in his area on 9 when Barnes-Homer just failed to latch onto a through ball and shortly after Smith was penalised for climbing on the edge of the area allowing Harriers a dead ball chance slightly right of centre and 20 yards out but Baker’s shot went straight into the wall.
Barnes-Homer then spurned a great chance from a free header from a right wing cross by McPhee which he put wide of the mark from a central position.
Harriers continued to enjoy a good spell of possession with the Lambs defence working hard to clear danger as and when required.
At the other end a surging and strong run by Rodman set up Tait with a left footed curling shot from 30 yards which saw Coleman launch himself full stretch, but the ball went wide of the left hand post.
Sheridan released Rodman to run to the right by-line on 20 and he cut the ball back into the path of Lyttle who tried a shot from the edge of the area but found Kidderminster players in the way of his strike.
Tamworth appeared to have found their feet after a scrappy start from both sides and MacKenzie linked with Rodman but the former put his shot into the hands of Coleman from the right on 21.
A foul on Wright on 23 gave Shaw the opportunity to find Smith’s head and as the ball went wide and Rodman chased it down Baker brought him down but escaped a booking. Shaw hit the freekick too long and it went over Smith at the far post and although the Lambs soon regained possession Harriers were strong in defence.
MacKenzie forced a fine fingertip save from Coleman on 29 after some slick passes along the edge of the area and from the resulting right sided corner, Wright received the ball on the left and put it back into the box for Rodman to stab home at the far post, but the flag denied him the opening goal as he strayed a yard off side.
Wright failed to capitalise on a defensive half blunder when Baker put his header back to Coleman short but recovered as the Lambs front man bore down on him.
McDermott hit a hopeful but wayfully off target effort from distance on 36 for the visitors while on 40 Rodman hit a low cross from the right into and through the box with both Wright and Blackwood unable to get a decisive touch.
As the first half drew to a close, Tait and then Sheridan hit low shots goalwards, but both times the ball came back of the Harriers defence and one minute added time was shown before the half time whistle blew.
Kidderminster started the second period but it was Tamworth who had the first action which resulted in a goal for Wright. Briscoe’s freekick found him in the box and after skinning his covering defender he prodded the ball past Coleman to send the crowd wild. (1-0, 47 mins)
Wright almost repeated his goalscoring feat a couple of minutes later from a short pass to his feet but the ball ricocheted off a defender and went out for a goal kick.
A high long ball from the right on 53 almost found its way into the net via the outside of Smikle’s right boot after Alcock had come to punch a clearance but missed and the ball bounced in front of goal but then out at the far post with no visiting striker on hand to knock it home.
A long clearance from Briscoe was chased down by Wright on 59 and Coleman appeared to touch the ball with his hand as he ran out of the area to try and get there before Wright. Wright got a touch to the ball and pushed it past the keeper but well wide of the target and nothing was given against the keeper despite protestations from Wright and most of the home faithful.
Caines picked up the first booking of the game on 60, and Smikle somehow missed a clear shot on goal from 10 yards out, scuffing his shot harmlessly into the Alcock’s hands.
And on 63 it was 2-0 to The Lambs with Rodman slamming home from the left of goal after a deft chip into his path by Sheridan allowed him to beat the offside flag and fire into the far corner (2-0, 63 mins)
Harriers won a corner for their forward pushing efforts on 70 and Smikle caused havoc in the Lambs penalty box with a shot into the ground which Alcock punched and Briscoe headed behind.
At the other end Lyttle found Wright sprinting down the right wing but with Sheridan coming in at the far post Coleman caught his cross.
A penalty was awarded to the visitors on 73 after a corner struck Smith on the arm and McPhee stepped up to give his side a goal from the spot. (2-1, 73 mins).
Smith then picked up a booking for a tackle on Barnes-Homer. Knights launched the the ball goalward from the deadball but it was booted clear and Wright went one on one with the last defender, but the ball bounced awkwardly and it was cleared away.
Tait won a corner for Tamworth on 76 but Briscoe couldn’t direct his powerful header towards the net.
Lyttle denied McPhee with a timely clearance and as play broke down the left wing, Caines brought Wright down for a freekick. Shaw took it short to Blackwood who hit a long range effort, via a deflection out for a corner on the right. Briscoe met the flagkick at the far post and Coleman knew nothing about it, but still got in the way and when Sheridan followed up the keeper made a good save in the same position to deny him.
Nicholson came on to replace Wright with 8 minutes remaining and his pass to Rodman set up the latter with a shot which took a touch of the defenders boots and out for a corner on 87.
Rodman took a clatter to the head attacking a long Harriers throw into the area on 89 but was OK to continue and the offside flag halted Kidderminster’s search for an equalising goal as three minutes added time was shown.
Harriers launched the ball forward in stoppage time but Rodman was on hand to clear any danger after Lyttle had got a telling header in and Alcock was quick of the mark to gather the ball at the other end.
The visitors continued to press with more balls launched into the Lambs area but the final whistle blew with the Tamworth defence doing their jobs superbly for another three points.
Alcock, Tait, Blackwood, Smith (capt), MacKenzie, Wright (Nicholson 82), Rodman, Prichard, Sheridan, Shaw, Briscoe
Subs: Hurren, Mills, Lake-Gaskin, Benjamin
Kidderminster Harriers Team:
Coleman, Courtney, Baker, Finingan (Farrell 84), Caines (Hadley 88), McPhee, Bennett, Barnes-Homer, McDermott (Knights 59), Smikle, Sharpe
Subs: Singh, Dolman
Man of the Match: San Giovanni chose Chris Smith
Referee: Mr. M. Heywood