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21:33 6th March 2011


The Hatters had to settle for a point despite Matthew Barnes-Homer's goal against his former side Kidderminster at Kenilworth Road. The Town began the brighter and could have had a penalty as early as the 20th-second when Lloyd Owusu went down in the box but instead was booked by referee Rob Whitton. Owusu came close to opening the scoring on four minutes with a fine low drive that headed towards the bottom corner of Daniel Lewis' near post but the Harriers goalkeeper was equal to the striker's effort. It was shaping up to be an entertaining end-to-end encounter between two in-form sides and it was the Hatters who were playing the better football with Barnes-Homer and Jake Howells the main tormentors-in-cheif. A fine move down the left flank on 22 minutes almost saw Owusu turn home a shot at the near post following Freddie Murray's cross while Barnes-Homer saw a half-volley blocked after Zdenek Kroca had chested a Murray cross into his path two minutes later. However, Harriers should have been in front on 25 minutes when Matty Blair found space in the box to tee-up an unmarked Callum Gittings but the midfielder's header from five yards only found the hands of Mark Tyler. That miss proved costly as two minutes later the Town were ahead. Dan Gleeson's pass found Barnes-Homer who shrugged off his marker to lash home from an acute angle. Flying into the net the ball bounced out of the goal off of the post. Harriers continued as if nothing had happened and bizarrely it only took the referee to consult with his linesman that a goal had actually been scored to confirm the former Harrier's 15th goal of the season. Harriers were still looking dangerous on the break and they came close to making it 1-1 on 37 minutes when Sean Canham hooked a shot onto the crossbar from four yards out. That close call spurred on the Town to end the first half well with Owusu unlucky to divert a Murray cross just wide of the post before nimble footwork and a powerful shot from Barnes-Homer came close to make it 2-0 in stoppage time. However all that good work in the first half was undone just seven minutes into the second half when Harriers drew level. Gittings' free-kick eluded the main group of players huddled in the penalty area before Chris McPhee stuck out a header at the back-post that found its way past Tyler. The Town's response was good: Gnakpa, Barnes-Homer and Owusu all came close while Keith Keane saw a shot zoom over the crossbar on 67 minutes. But despite having plenty of the ball the Town failed to find another way past Lewis and it ended all square. For minute-by-minuten analysis, see below Result from Kenilworth Road Luton Town 1 (Barnes-Homer 27) Kidderminster Harriers 1 (McPhee 52) FULL-TIME Referee Whitton calls time at Kenilworth Road and the Town have to settle for a point. Reaction, anaylsis and photographs to come. Stay tuned. 90 mins + 3 - We're in the last minute of stoppage time now. 90 mins - Three added minutes to play. 90 mins - Into the final minute now. 88 mins - Two minutes left here now, still the Hatters press looking for a late one which would send the home faithful happy. 86 mins - The Town are now pressing for a winner as MBH's cross-field pass finds Morgan-Smith who sees a shot deflected behind by Briscoe. Another change for Harriers, Canham is replaced by Jamille Matt. 85 mins - Five minutes plus stoppage time to play here at Kenilworth Road. 82 mins First change of the afternoon for the Town and it's Morgan-Smith on for Howells. 80 mins - 10 minutes left and it looks as though Amari Morgan-Smith looks set to come on. 77 mins - Danger dealt with well by Murray as he does well to prevent Blair from running through the middle of the Town penalty area which enables Tyler to collect. Great defending. 75 mins - Great play from Howells down the left, corner...who then wastes the short-corner routine, with his cross going out for a throw. Meanwhile first change of the afternoon is for the visitors as Lee Morris replaces Briggs. 74 mins - Almost 15 minutes left on the clock for either side to bag a winner. 70 mins - Still the Town pepper Lewis' goal, this time the ball bounces kindly for Owusu who hits a volley from 30 yards that takes one bounce before being held by the visiting goalkeeper. 69 mins - Chance and Hatters go close to making it 2-1. Keane's quality set-piece is met by Kroca. It looks for all the world it's going to hit the target but a last-ditch clearance keeps Harriers level. Howells sends the ball back in the box which bounces up and hits a Kiddy player but despite handball shouts, nothing is given. 67 mins - Better play from the Town as Owusu's flick-on finds MBH. The goalscorer can't quite get the ball down or find space to get a shot away so he squares to Keane who lets fly from 20 yards with a shot that flies just over Lewis's crossbar. 65 mins - Almost a sniff for Owusu but Harriers close ranks as the strike bore down on goal inside the left channel. In truth it's been all the Town since the equaliser. 64 mins - The attendance this afternoon is 6,108 including 176 shouting for Harriers. 61 mins - Claude's certainly come out all guns blazing and since the goal the Hatters have really upped. More good footwork from the Frenchman sees him turn in the box but his low shot is blocked. This is better. 60 mins - Ouch. Tom Shaw goes foot-high in on Gnakpa but the referee just gives the Harriers' number 5 a ticking off. 58 mins - All the Town now, they know they need to push for a winner and they almost find a second when a Kroca flick-on around the corner finds Owusu whose instinctive shot goes wide. 56 mins - The Hatters are now raising it as firstly super skilful play from Gnakpa sees him beat three men before setting up MBH to win a corner. From that Kidderminster clear but an incredibly high ball in the air almost lands on the Harriers crossbar. 52 mins  GOAL Town 1-1 HARRIERS - Erm, something to worry about now for Hatters fans as Kidderminster pull level. Gittings curls a free-kick from the left-flank to the back post where an unmarked CHRIS McPHEE powers a header through the hands of Tyler. 1-1. 50 mins - Pretty slow start to this second half, Harriers on top marginally but nothing to worry about just yet. 47 mins - Snapshot from Gnakpa from 25 yards get this half into the swing of things. Light drizzle now blowing into the press box. 46 mins - Floodlights are now on by the way, it's all of a sudden got a bit grey and gloomy here in LU4. 46 mins And we're back underway here at Kenilworth Road as the Town get things re-started kicking towards the Kenny End. No changes for either side at the interval. HALF-TIME  Referee Whitton calls time on the first 45 minutes at Kenilworth Road where the Town have a one-goal advantage thanks to Kidderminster oldboy Matthew Barnes-Homer. The Hatters have been good value so far in an entertaining game but in-form Harriers have hit the bar and seen a guilt-edge chance go begging from close range. See you in 15 minutes for the second half updates. 45 mins + 1 - MBH is really up for this today and as the ball is played into his path he shows great feet 20 yards out to beat his marker before thumping a well-hit shot just wide of the post. Unlucky. 45 mins - Almost 2-0. Murray's attempted long throw doesn't quite come off but he receives the ball back to volley back a cross into the box that Owusu gets up to but the in-form striker heads over. One added minute by the way. 43 mins - Another close shave for the Town as a melee in the home penalty area sees McPhee poke a shot at goal when he was still on the floor. Strangely the referee awarded a corner which Kroca headed to safely. 42 mins - The Hatters have won seven corners already but haven't really made the most of them yet. But they are playing some good football and Murray, Keane and Howells combine well that sees the latter cross but Harriers clear. 40 mins - Another chance for Kiddy as Canham sees a towering header tipped just over by Tyler but the ref had seen a foul by the big striker on Murray. Good save though, Tyler didn't know it was going to be a foul. 37 mins - Sustained period of possession for the visitors and as the Town firstly see a shot from Gittings blocked before they are then lucky to still be ahead as they stop and watch Sean Canham hook a shot on the top of the crossbar from three years, what a miss. 33 mins - Almost a sniff for 2-0 as a high-ball from Howells is flicked on by Pilkington but Lewis is there to snuff out the danger with a simple catch. 30 mins - Well if that goal hadn't had counted it would have been the worst decision in football history! Frank Lampard's goal against Germany was 10 yards over the line in comparison. Still can't believe it but what I can believe is the Town lead and it's MBH's 15th goal of the season. 27 mins  GOOOOOAL! TOWN 1-0 Harriers - Well it had been coming and it's that man MATTHEW BARNES-HOMER who puts the Town ahead against his former club. And, well, watch the highlights because at first the goal, which was quite clearly in the goal and over the line was originally not given by the officials thinking it hadn't beaten Lewis in the visitors' goal. Quite, quite comical but who cares, it's 1-0. Get in! 25 mins - CHANCE. And Harriers should be ahead. Blair springs into the right-hand side of the box and hooks a perfect pass square to the on-rushing Gittings who can only head straight at Tyler with the goal gaping from five yards. What a let off. 24 mins - All the Town now. Murray again does well down the left to hang up a right-footed cross that Kroca chests down into the path of Barnes-Homer whose half-volley is blocked behind by Briggs. 22 mins - More top stuff from the Hatters as they continue to pose the visitors problems as Murray ghosts down the left to send a lovely low cross to the near post that Owusu meets but he can't turn the ball past Lewis. The home crowd sound their appreciation. 20 mins - Another good move from the Town down the left as MBH, who looks like he means business today, sends in a low cross that Briscoe clears before Gnakpa can get it. Then, seconds later a long throw from Murray finds Howells whose cross into the box is headed over by Gnakpa. 18 mins - As Harriers fail to give the Hatters the ball back quick enough for an offside decision, on rushes Richard Money to retrieve the ball. That signals a dozen ballboys to run down the touchline, presumably to get the ball back on the field quicker in future 16 mins - Back come the Hatters, it's end-to-end again. A fine move sees Gleeson win a corner which Howells curls in. It eventually drops kindly for Barnes-Homer who swings at it but his shot on the turn is deflected over for a corner that Kiddy clear. 14 mins - Half a sniff for Harriers as Tom Shaw curls a free-kick to the back-stick that Briscoe heads dangerous across the face of goal. However, had it hit the onion  bag it wouldn't have counted, the defender was offside. 12 mins - Claude's looking up at referee Whitton asking for a foul after a he'd burst clear of the Hatters penalty area but it was an impeccably timed tackle by Callum Gittings that picked the Frenchman's pocket. 9 mins - It's quietened down a bit since that early gusto, even stevens now. 7 mins - By the way, a big hello to 48 members of the Luton Town Supporters' Club of Scandanavia who are match sponsors today. Two Norweigan flags currently adorn two executive boxes on the far side. For more on LTSCS visit 5 mins - Good game this early doors as Kidderminster in turn attack but a wayward shot from Chris McPhee enables me to tell you, as predicted, the Town are lining-up with Tyler in goal with a back four of Murray, Gleeson, Kroca and Pilkington, Gnakpa is on the right, Howells is on the left, Keane and Carden are in the middle of the park and MBH and Owusu are leading the line. 4 mins - Back come the Hatters as Michael Briscoe loses possession to MBH who in turn finds an unmarked Owusu in the penalty area. He looks up 12 yards out and whacks a low shot towards a gap at Daniel Lewis' near post but the visiting goalkeeper does well to get a strong hand to the effort to turn it around the post for a corner. 2 mins - Breathless opening first 90 seconds as Kidderminster counter but as the ball drops for Matty Blair, the Town clear at the second attempt. 1 mins - Drama inside the first 20 seconds. Kiddy give the ball away to Barnes-Homer who wriggles into the box. He goes down looking for a pen. Nothing's given. The ball breaks nicely to Owusu who then takes a tumble. It looked like a trip but the ref doesn't agree and books the Hatters striker. 1 min Annnnnnd we're off for the important Blue Square Bet Premier match between to in-form sides, it's Harriers to kick off, shooting towards the Kenilworth Road end. Enjoy the updates. COYH! 14:58 HERE THEY COME Out come the two sides on the newly watered pitch. 14:55 WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE The Kenilworth Road surface gets a spray from the sprinkers before kick-off. 14:45 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 2-1 Luton, Simon Pitts: 1-1 draw, Ian Pearce: 2-1 Luton, Mark Wood: 2-0 Luton, Mike Simmonds: 1-0 Luton, Ian Ryan: 2-1 Luton. 14:40 ON THIS DAY It's eight wins from 18 fixtures on this day, 5th March for the Town, including the last two. The last time the Hatters were in action on this day saw the hammering of Bristol City at Kenilworth Road. Two goals from Ahmet Brkovic and one each from Kevin Nicholls, Peter Holmes and Sol Davis saw off City 5-0. On this day in 1986 the Hatters thumped Arsenal 3-0 at Kenilworth Road in an FA Cup fifth round second replay. Mark Stein, Steve Foster and an own goal from David O'Leary sent the Town into the quarter-finals  before a crowd of 13,251. How times change. 14:25 NO FOR ROBBIE Just spoke to Richard Money, the reason Hatters winger Robbie Willmott isn't included today is due to a thigh strain. 14:18 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Former Town midfielder and now coach of the Under-16s Wayne Turner. 50 today! Many happy returns, Wayne. 14:15 LIKELY LINE-UP Pretty sure the Hatters line-up will be Tyler in goal, Gleeson and Murray at full-back, Kroca and captain Pilkington at centre-half, Gnakpa on the right, Howells on the left with Barnes-Homer up front against his former club with Owusu. 14:05 THE TEAMS Luton Town: Tyler, Gleeson, G. Pilkington, Kroca, Murray, Gnakpa, Carden, Keane, Howells, Owusu, Barnes-Homer. Subs: Graham, Morgan-Smith, Crow, Poku, K. Pilkington. Kidderminster: Lewis, Williams, Shaw, Albrighton, Briggs, McPhee, Sharpe, Briscoe, Blair, Gittings, Canham. Subs: Vaughan, Morris, Wright, Matt, Stevens. Referee: R. Whitton. 14:00 TWO CHANGES Dan Gleeson and Paul Carden in for Robbie Willmott and Luke Graham. Full teams to follow. 13:55 ON THEIR WAY Kidderminster are making their way down the A6 and should be here in the next 15 mintues. Teams for you shortly... 13:50 STANDBY We'll have team news for you in about 10-15 minutes so stay tuned. 13:20 IN TRAFFIC The Kidderminster team coach is stuck on the M1 at Northampton in a tailback. 13:10 WEATHER WATCH Bright and sunny with a small breeze inside Kenilworth Road at the moment. 11:45 HOME SWEET HOME There were some who couldn't wait to see the back of Kenilworth Road after the 3-1 defeat to Fleetwood Town a fortnight ago. The seventh successive game in front of the Town faithful didn't exactly go to plan, the pitch, bearing the brunt of eight matches in 28 days, looked tired and news of that Crawley had overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Wrexham compounded plenty of misery to all connected to the club. Therefore three away fixtures, taking in Newport, Guiseley and Forest Green, got the Town on the road again, away from LU4 and the opportunity to blow away the cobwebs. Two 1-0 victories could have been three if it wasn't for a sickening late, late equaliser from the penalty spot in South Wales, but the Town's response to that defeat to Fleetwood has been excellent. It's funny how results change things. A point at Newport meant the Town had taken just one point from two games yet two wins later they're back on course in the league and are just 180 minutes from a Wembley final in the FA Trophy. League action is of course the priority and this afternoon the Hatters have the chance to continue their title charge with the visit of in-form Kidderminster Harriers following a 21-day break away from Kenilworth Road. Steve Burr's side would actually be above the Town in the Blue Square Bet Premier table if it wasn't for the Aggborough side's five-point deduction which, as Richard Money reflected on yesterday, means his team face one of their biggest tests in recent weeks. Strangely, given the fact we've reached March, it's the first time the two sides have met this season. The Town have won all four meetings with Harriers down the years. A fifth this afternoon is vitally important and with games coming up thick and fast (it's Saturday-Tuesday every week until the campaign's conclusion) the Hatters have the opportunity to begin a sequence of results similar to the one at the tail end of last season that saw them almost pip Stevenage to the title. Will it be a return to home sweet home this afternoon? Well once more, as ever, win, lose or draw this afternoon will be following every step of the way. As usual we'll have all the goals and incidents as it happens live with the usual news in the run-up to kick-off with team line-ups and plenty of chat as your official website has, as ever, 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 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 fantastic mobile site. Check it out if you're on the move @ On Hatters Player you all have access to our live commentary. 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