Lambs fall to Harriers
17 September 2013
Following Friday night's water logged point at Woking, The Lambs welcomed high flying Harriers as both sides looked to extend their unbeaten runs. Boss Belford made two changes to the side that played at Kingfield with Rose and Courtney coming in for Evans and Kerry respectively.
Harriers got he game underway and the ball fell for Gash inside the box inside the first minute but he was leaning back and he struck his shot over the bar from 18 yards.
The visitors won a corner on 3 and the ball fell for Storer past the far post but his header was smothered and Belford restarted with a goal kick.
On 6 the ball looked to be being dealt with by Courtney but is back header was short and easy for Dance to run on to and fire into the bottom right hand corner past Belford (0-1, 6 mins)
Peniket dropped to the floor having difficulty standing and called for assistance on 10 and was able to leave the pitch unaided for treatment before running gingerly back on.
Rose then unleashed Elford-Alliyu with a low cross box pass and the latter tried to roll his shot under the keeper but didn't quite get enough on his effort and Kidderminster conceded a corner on the left instead which was headed into the danger area by the same player but came to nothing.
On 15 Thomas and Gittings came together in the box and although the latter went down under the challenge referee Fearn was unmoved by the appeal for a penalty.
A Lambs corner was forthcoming on 20 from a right sided throw and in front of the Harriers travelling contingent a good ball from the right was heading for Peniket but was headed off his head and nodded behind for another flag kick. From the corner Malbon slid through Baker and earned himself a booking but the freekick came back out and the resultant shot from Thomas deflected out of play for a goal kick.
On 28 former Lambs Storer smashed a right footed drive off the cross bar with Belford at full stretch and the ball was cleared from the rebound, but came quickly back in and Fowler tried a header over the advancing keeper but cleared the target as well.
A foul on Elford-Alliyu by Dunkley on 33 allowed Baker a dead ball strike into the box from the left wing and keeper Vaughan was forced to punch clear. It fell as far as Thomas who truck left footed but cleared the target with no trouble.
Gittings forced a good block from Belford on 38 with a right footed strike inside the area and on 40 Baker felled Storer on the edge of the D giving the visitors a freekick 25 yards out which Gash thumped low but also into the arms of Belford.
2 minutes added time was shown at the end of the half and Peniket was replaced by Byfield and from a corner on the left Storer headed home, but ref Fearn was having none of it and blew for a foul in the build up before ending the first half.
Tamworth got the second underway attacking the Castle End and the game started at a frantic pace.
A foul on Byfield allowed Baker to fire the ball into the box from the left wing and keeper Vaughan fumbled his low catch but the purple and amber Harriers cleared the danger quickly.
The pace of the game did not relent but The Lambs were struggling to get shots away and when they did they were struggling to get them on target - none more so than Rose's effort on 55 which he lifted from 35 yards out of the ground.
Some neat attacking football on 57 saw Wright and Thomas combine to get the ball forward to Elfrod-Alliyu and his shot had to be a quick one and was ultimately off target.
Belford pulled off a superb save to deny any whisker of a chance from a right wing cross from Lee Vaughan.
On 64 it was 2-0 to the visitors when Gash netted from close range after Richards-Everton was unable to clear the ball from his feet at the far post following a corner. (0-2, 64 mins)
Thomas managed to get a flick on a header and force Vaughan to catch the ball at head height before Malbon broke down the left and cut the ball across the face of Belford's goal only to see Courtney clear it from under the bar.
Vaughan forced Belford to protect his goal with a hefty flying punch on 71 from the left wing cross.
Belford made his third change of the evening on 76 and Storer was forced from the field with an injury that almost saw him leave on a stretcher on 79.
Belford put in a strong claim for man of the match with a close range save from Dunkley's header to keep the score as it was on 85 and the choice was later confirmed by the match sponsors.
Kerry earned a corner on 90 with a blocked deflection from the right of the box and Capaldi was able to repeat his flag kick when the ball was headed behind by the Harriers defence.
Four minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and an attempt at a threaded pass from Elford-Alliyu was cut out by Grimes as Byfield looked for a chance to shoot from 18 yards.
And in the final minute of added time Courtney stepped across Malbon and the referee awarded a penalty which Malbon stepped up to strike it and although Belford guess correctly he couldn't prevent it hitting the back of the net (0-3, 94 mins) shortly before the final whistle blew.
Belford, Rose, Richards-Everton, Baker (Kerry 62), Courtney, Peniket (Byfield 45), Capaldi, Thomas, LLoyd, Elford-Alliyu, Wright (Todd 76)
Subs: Evans, Wren (GK)
Kidderminster Harriers Team:
Vaughan N, Vaughan L, Storer (Byrne 79), Fowler, Demetriou, Dunkley, Grimes, Dance (Morgan-Smith 69), Gittings, Malbon, Gash (Johnson 83)
Subs: Lewis, Jackman
Man of the Match: Pickerings chose Cameron Belford
Referee: Ms. A Fearn