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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
13:42 11th October 2009

KIDDERMINSTER 1-2 LUTON TOWN

A goal in injury time from Ryan Charles crowned a fantastic second-half performance to seal a remarkable victory to earn the Hatters their second consecutive win under the temporary stewardship of Alan Neilson. After a 2-1 win last Saturday against Tamworth the Town came back to score twice in the final 14 minutes to seal an incredible turnaround in a game that saw both sides reduced to 10 men. They may no doubt be given the comeback king tag following a similar success at Cambridge two weeks ago, but it was fully deserved after a stirring second half display that saw Neilson's men earn three valuable points in the quest for promotion out of the Blue Square Premier. It had earlier looked as though the Town were going to be in for a difficult afternoon when Kidderminster striker Matthew Barnes-Homer put the hosts ahead on 13 minutes. On 29 minutes the Hatters had goalkeeper Mark Tyler to thank for keeping the score at 1-0 when he produced a wonderful save to keep out Brian Smikle's goal-bound header. As Harriers continued to dominate it got worse for the visitors four minutes before the break when Rossi Jarvis was harshly sent-off for a tackle on home captain Chris McPhee. However in stoppage time at the end of the first half referee Wigglesworth evened the teams up when he red carded Robbie Matthews for an apparent stamp on Hatters goalkeeper Mark Tyler. With both teams down to 10 men the Town came out all guns blazing dominated almost the whole of the second 45 minutes. Asa Hall, Tom Craddock and Adam Newton all went close with Newton missing a great chance to level things when sending a header straight at Harrier's goalkeeper Dean Coleman. Not to be denied, however, Newton got the goal his endeavour deserved and he volleyed home a magnificent equaliser 14 minutes from time hitting a shot from the edge of the penalty area in off the crossbar. As the Town pressed in search of the late winner it all seemed lost. But as the hosts tired, Neilson's side hit them with a sucker punch a minute into injury time when Charles delicately flicked a volley beyond Coleman from the edge of the six yard box following Hall's right-wing cross. The second away victory on the trot where the team have gone a goal and man down with the three points lifting the Town into fifth place in the Blue Square Premier. Result from Aggborough Kidderminster Harriers 1 (Barnes-Homer 13) Luton Town 2(Newton 76, Charles 90)   FULL TIME Kidderminster Harriers 1-2 Luton Town - Another fantastic away day - all the reaction to come! Stay tuned! Get in! 90 mins - Asuper second half from the Town and we've got four added minutes to see it out. 90 mins  GOAL!!! Kidderminster 1-2 HATTERS - They are the comeback kings! Sub Charles has volleyed a super flick beyond Coleman from five yards from Hall's cross after yet more good work from Gnakpa down the right. Unbelievable! The second away performance on the bounce when they've been reduced to 10 men and gone a goal down. Incredible. 88 mins  Final change from Neilson. Murray off and Howells on. The attendance at Aggborough has just been handed to be 2,927 including 925 from Luton. 85 mins - Plenty of effort now from the Hatters and Newton is having a fine game. This time he sets-up Charles but Harriers are able to clear. 81 mins - More good play from Gnakpa to beat his man down the right but his final cross but can't pick out a team-mate. 77 mins - Momentum is certainly all with the Town now. Neilson and Watson have decided against bringing on Howells as he sits down and puts his top back on. Can these boys get a winner? Come on! 76 mins GOAL ! Kidderminster 1-1 HATTERS - Stunning equaliser by Newton and the Town are deservely on level terms. They've been enjoying plenty of success down the flanks and following Murray's cross from the left the ball falls to the former Brentford man who volleys a thumping effort from the edge of the area that rattles off the underside of the crossbar and over the line. Great goal and fully deserved. Can they get a winner? 75 mins - It's Hall yet again to jumps highest in the penalty area but this time his effort is off target following Charles' right-wing cross after good work by Nicholls and Gnakpa. Meanwhile on the bench Jake Howells looks ready to join the fray. 73 mins - Another good chance goes begging for the visitors as Hall pokes the ball goalwards after Gnakpa had flicked-on Newton's long throw from the right. The midfielder's effort looped up in the air but it was eventually comfortable for Coleman. 70mins - There's 20 minutes left but almost all of this second period has been played in the Kidderminster half as the Town look to grab an equaliser. There's plenty of effort, don't worry about that. But can they get one? 68 mins - Half chance for the Hatters as White heads over Nicholls' corner after more direct work by Gnakpa. 67 mins - Murray's been doing well down the left-flank and has been providing some excellent crosses but this time he excels down the opposite flank when denying Kiddy sub Nathan Hayward a run at goal. 64 mins - Oh so close to a Hatters equaliser. Craddock picks out Murray down the left who delivers a lovely curling cross aimed for Charles but it's Newton that gets to the ball first and sends a header straight at Coleman from point-blank range. Anywhere else and it's 1-1. 61 mins  Second change by the Town as Ryan Charles replaces Ben Wright. 60mins - The Town are on top but they could have been in further trouble as Smikle misses a great chance to make it 2-0 as he somehow lifts the ball over the crossbar from six yards after he had got the better of Gnakpa. 58 mins - Header by Hall this time as he gets above everyone in the box to guide his effort over the crossbar following Murray's left-wing cross after a good pass from Nico. 55 mins - So close to 1-1. Nicholls hangs a ball high to up to back-post that his headed goalwards by Hall. Coleman dives frantically to his right but the midfielder's header sails agonisingly past the post. 53 mins - Gnakpa always seems to do something as soon as he's introduced and the first thing he does is win a corner. The first flag-kick taken by Nicholls is blocked by Bennett and the second is headed on by Gnakpa. As Kiddy fail to clear the second corner the Frenchman wastes the next opportunity by blasting the ball high and wide of Coleman's goal with Hall and Newton not best pleased. 52 mins   First change by Neilson of the afternoon and it's Asafu-Adjaye on for Claude Gnakpa. 49 mins - Good move from the Town as they looked to get back on level terms. Asafu-Adjaye's header found Wright. His knock-down feeds Newton who plays a lovely dinked pass into the path of Craddock whose first time shot is straight at Coleman. That's more like it. 46 mins - Harriers get the second way underway and there are no changes for either side. Can the Hatters get back in this? Let's hope so. Come on Luton! 16:03 - The two sides are back out for the second half with the Hatters kicking to the terrace where the majority of Town fans are standing. HALF-TIME Kidderminster Harriers 1-0 Luton Town. An action packed first-half that ends with the Hatters a goal behind and both sides down to 10 men. It makes for an interesting second-half! Check back in 15 minutes for more updates. 45+2  Well there's more drama here as Robbie Matthews has been given his marching orders and we're down to 10 men a piece. The Harriers midfielder looked to get onto a cross from Barnes-Homer, spun past White and caught the on-rushing Tyler as he looked to hurdle. It's all go here...The locals aren't happy and neither are the Town fans! 45 mins - We've got an additional four minutes at the end of the first half as indicated by the fourth official. 44 mins - So it's another uphill struggle for the Town. The general consensus is that a straight red for the challenge was harsh. That said, McPhee, is replaced by Gavin Caines for the first substitution of the afternoon. 41 mins  It's all happening here as Jarvis goes from hero to villian in the space of 30 seconds. Firstly he superbly clears off the line Bennett's drive from 15 yards in a crowded penalty box, then the midfielder is given his marching orders by referee Wigglesworth for a crunching challenge on Kiddy captain McPhee on the touchline. 39 mins - First chance for a while as Barnes-Homer tries a shot from 20 yardsthat is blocked by the thigh of Pilkington. 35 mins - Not much has happened here at Aggborough since that Tyler stop that earned rapturous applause from the travelling fans behind the goal and at the side of the pitch. Elsewhere in the BSP results aren't going the Hatters way either with AFC Wimbledon, Oxford, Stevenage and Mansfield all in front. 29 mins - This time it should be 2-0 Harriers but the Town are indebted to Tyler who pulls off a tremendous save diving away to his left to keep out Brian Smikle's header from six yards from another cross from Barnes-Homer. As the ball drops loose Barnes-Homer - who's name I'm going to have to start abbreviating soon - flashes the ball back across the box but the ball bounces out of play and it stays 1-0...just. 28 mins - More pressure from the visitors but that final pass or shot on target is lacking at the minute as Murray curls in a cross for Craddock but he can't get onto the cross. 25 mins - The Hatters are slowly getting back into this but nothing of real note to report. Craddock was almost in on goal on 24 minutes latching onto a header from Nicholls and Newton came close to getting to a raking pass from Hall but other than that it's 1-0 but the Hatters are improving. The only thing they need to watch is Barnes-Homer. 22 mins - Harriers are up for this - but then again most teams are against the Town - and Barnes-Homer is proving to be a right menace. This time he scampers down the right flank and delivers a cross into the six yard box but before the in-running Bennett can make it 2-0 a combination of George Pilkington and Asafu-Adjaye clear the danger. 16 mins - I was half-way through typing up details of a decent Town chance when Harriers took the lead. Murray had found Jarvis in space but he could only curl a shot into the arms of Coleman. But that was at 0-0...All change now as Kiddy have upped the tempo and they look dangerous. 15 mins - Almost 2-0 as Barnes-Homer, sensing a second, heads Brian Smikle's outswinging left-wing cross wide of the target. 13 mins - GOAL - KIDDERMINSTER 1-0 Hatters. Well it's 1-0 to the hosts as Barnes-Homer, who had looked a threat, turns Alan White and blasts a right-foot shot on the turn under the body of Tyler. Didn't see that coming. 10 mins - It's end to end and the Hatters have three decent chances in the space of 60 seconds. Firstly Craddock flashes a left-foot shot well wide when well positioned and then Hall is inches away from meeting Adam Newton's teasing right-wing cross and from the follow-up Jarvis' shot from the edge of the area was blocked. 9 mins - Back come the home side as Dean Bennett drags an ambitious shot wide of Tyler's right-hand post. It could/possibly/maybe have been a cross but no red shirt decided to gamble. 7 mins - Harriers have certainly been on top so far but from a long punt downfield by Mark Tyler, Tom Craddock latches onto Ben Wright's flick-on but his muscled out of the ball by a combination of Martin Riley and Chris McPhee and before he can get the ball back again Coleman is able to gather the loose ball. 3 mins - It's been a bright start from the hosts though as they are looking to leading scorer Matthew Barnes-Homer to cause the problems. Following a bizarre corner routine his strike partner Darryl Knights sees a shot on the edge of the area blocked by Nicholls. 2 mins - First chance of the afternoon falls to the Hatters as Ben Wright - fresh from a goal last week - sends a low left-foot shot in the arms of Dean Coleman in the Harriers goal. 1 min  It's going to be the Hatters that get us underway through Rossi Jarvis, Asa Hall and Kevin Nicholls standing in the centre-circle. 30 seconds in and someone hasn't checked the ball matchball! It's flat and Kiddy boss Yates isn't happy as the embarrassed fourth changes it for a new one. 14:57 - The two sides are out on the pitch as the Hatters are led by captain Kevin Nicholls. It's orange shirts and navy blue shorts for the first time this season. Harriers are in their traditional red and white halved shirts. 14:40 - Aggborough is filling up nicely as locals gear up for one of their biggest matches so far of the season against Alan Neilson's Hatters. As of yesterday the Town had sold 803 tickets to be precise and with it now pay on the day there could be as many as 1,000 visiting fans backing the boys this afternoon. All the press boys are raving about the magnifcent pies on sale here. Sadly though the sun's gone in. You can't have it all. 14:30 Team news: Alan Neilson is enforced into making one change from the Hatters side that beat Tamworth last Saturday and it's a like-for-like swap in attack as Tom Craddock replaces the injured Liam Hatch. Andy Burgess is out there and involved in the warm-up but is not included on the substitutes' bench with a reserve game in the week in mind. Luton Town: Tyler, Asafu-Adjaye, White, Pilkington, Murray, Nicholls, Jarvis, Hall, Newton, Craddock, Wright. Substitutes: Gore, Blackett, Charles, Howells, Gnakpa. Harriers boss Mark Yates has no injury or suspension worries and he names an unchanged line-up that won 1-0 at AFC Wimbledon last Saturday. Kidderminster Harriers: Coleman, Courtney, Baker, Finnigan, Riley, McPhee, Bennett, Barnes-Homer, Knights, Smikle, Matthews. Substitutes: Caines, Dolman, Hadley, Farrell, Hayward. 13:35 Good afternoon all supporters to lutontown.co.uk to our text updates service as the Hatters are back in action looking to earn their second consecutive victory against Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough. We're live in sunny Worcestershire as Alan Neilson's men look to earn three points to earn their third win on the road that could take them back into the play-off places in the Blue Square Premier. In the next hour keep an eye on the site as we'll have team news for you. On lutontown.co.uk this afternoon we'll have all the usual updates keeping you bang up-to-date with all the action - and in a number of ways. There's none of those boring ball-by-ball "defensive thrown-in taken by Luton left-back" updates as we continue to try and bring you an updated and detailed text commentary. This is a great way to keep in touch and has been popular to those supporters not able to get to a computer or a radio as the service is also available and is updated live on our WAP site. For those who can tune in, then Hatters Player subcribers should look no further than the live commentary. As ever the commentary is brought to you by Simon "Statto" Pitts. He's here and ready to go to call home the shots as it happens. We've got a great view of the action here in the press benches so standby for his excellent commentary! And after the action has finished Hatters Player subscribers will get to watch all the post-match interviews from all the men that matter this afternoon. But for those without Hatters Player fear not: we'll have plenty of content to keep you interested as we'll have Alan's post-match thoughts as well as match action from Gareth Owen to follow after the final whistle. 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