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MATCH REPORT

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13:22 4th April 2011

KIDDERMINSTER 3-3 HATTERS

A goal in injury time from Mike Williams denied Gary Brabin his first in charge as the Town had to settle for a point in a six-goal thriller at Aggborough. In an end-to-end first half against two sides chasing for promotion it was the Harriers that took the lead in the 25th minute when George Pilkington tripped Matty Blair in the penalty area and Chris McPhee scored from 12 yards. The Town were playing some neat approach play but the final pass or shot was not quite coming off despite their dominance but Sean Canham came close to doubling the lead two minutes before half-time when glancing a header inches past the post. There were two big penalty shouts from the Hatters inside the first five minutes of the second half when firstly Claude Gnakpa was and then Jason Walker went down in the box but nothing was given. However, it was all the Town and they deservedly level on 57 minutes when Robbie Willmott curled a wonderful free-kick from 25 yards past Daniel Lewis. Pilkington should have made amends for his earlier role in giving Kidderminster the lead when he headed wide and across goal four minutes later after Willmott's right-wing corner was flicked to the back-post by Walker. But the Hatters were not to be denied with 10 minutes left when Danny Crow's exquisite touch found Gnakpa down the left flank. Faced with a wall of defenders and tight on the byline the Frenchman dropped a shoulder, cut inside and blasted a fantastic finish into the bottom corner. So much was the Town dominance that many inside Aggborough thought that was that so it came as a surprise when Harriers levelled things with four minutes left when substitute Lee Morris headed home from close range following Keith Briggs' header across goal. A serious injury to Crow halted play for several minutes before the Hatters scored what they thought would be the winner in the final minute when Walker expertly guided a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area after good work from Gnakpa. However, Harriers earned a point in the second minute of stoppage time left-back Williams popped up two yards out to earn the hosts a point. For minute-by-minute analysis, see below. Result from Aggborough Kidderminster Harriers 3 (McPhee 25 (pen), Morris 86, Williams 90+2) Luton Town 3 (Willmott 57, Gnakpa 80, J. Walker 90) Full-time FULL-TIME It's all over here at Aggborough - what a game, the Town will think they should have held on to record three points having twice led in the last 10 minutes but it's ended all square in a six-goal thriller. Report, reaction, anaylsis and pictures to come. 90 mins + 5 - We're in the last min of five added... 90 mins + 2 GOAL!  HARRIERS 3-3 Hatters - More drama and all of a sudden it's three a piece, incredible stuff. The ball somehow breaks to left-back MIKE WILLIAMS who taps in from close range. Blimey is an understatment. What a second half. 90 mins  GOOOOOOOOOOAL! Harriers 2-3 HATTERS - Unbelievable stuff. The Town break and Gnakpa goes for goal on the edge of the area. His shot is blocked by falls kindly for JASON WALKER to curl home a beauty into the corner. 89 mins Change for the Town as an injured Crow is replaced by Adam Newton. 86 mins  GOAL! HARRIERS 2-2 Town - Typical, typical and we're sitting here gutted as Harriers level. They break down the right and a cross from the right is headed across goal by Briggs and substitute LEE MORRIS is on hand to dive to head the ball past Tyler. Damn. 85 mins - Five minutes left for the Town to hold on here. In truth they've been absolutely superb in the second half. 83 mins - Third and final change for the hosts as Jamillie Matt replaces Canham. The attendance here at Aggborough is a healthy 2,756 including 612 shouting for the Town. 81 mins - Half a sniff for a third as Walker bursts through but, outnumbered by defenders, shoots from 20 yards and it's easy for Lewis. 80 mins  GOOOOOOOOAL! Harriers 1-2 HATTERS - Super, super, super stuff and the Hatters have completed the turnaround with another great goal. Crow little flick-on sends Gnakpa down the left flank. He's tight on the byeline, drops a shoulder, cuts inside and blasts an unstoppable shot beyond the reach of Lewis into the corner of the net. GET IN. 75 mins - Second change for Harriers as Lee Morris replaces Gittings. Quarter of an hour left now. 69 mins - The confidence is flowing through Willmott's veins at the minute as he flies down the left, cuts inside and drives a cross-cum-shot from the edge of the area goalwards that Lewis has to tip over for a corner as it almost dipped underneath the crossbar. 20 minutes to find a winner. 68 mins - And again and this time it's a top drawer save from the Hatters' stopper as he flings himself low down to his left to keep out McPhee's diving header at the back post from Gittings' left-wing corner. 67 mins - The game's quietened down a litte, which is a shame for the Town, and Harriers bite back and Tyler has work to do as he gets down to prevent Lee Vaughan's daisycutter from the edge of the box from makng it 2-1. 65 mins - First change of the afternoon for the hosts as Jack Byrne replaces Wright. 61 mins - Well and truly all the Town here and they're playing some good stuff. They fortunately win a corner down the right after good play from Gleeson. Willmott pings the corner in and after Walker's flick-on Pilkington should score at the back post, heading it just wide. Unlucky. Confidence flowing through the Hatters here. 57 mins  GOOOOOOOAL!! Harriers 1-1 HATTERS - Well the Hatters have started their comeback and it's no less than they've deserved and it's a super goal that's brought them level as ROBBIE WILLMOTT, 25 yards out, curls a wonderful free-kick over the Kiddy wall and into the back of the net. Last time we scored direct from a free-kick? Answers on a postcard. 55 mins - No doubt the Town have upped it since the break. Lawless, Willmott, Gnakpa and Walker look a real threat going forward now. 54 mins - Still the Hatters press: Walker and Willmott combining well but the less said about the end product as Gnakpa, 25 yards, smashes a shot about 10 yards wide of the target. 52 mins - Even better from the Town and Lawless is incredibly unlucky not to draw them level as Gnakpa finds Walker who squares to the Lawless who hits a first-time shot from 12 yards that whistles just wide of the post. Great move, great effort. All the Hatters now, can they make it count? 50 mins - Another shout and again it's ignored by the man in black as Williams wrestles Walker to the floor in the box. Again, nowt given. 48 mins - Penalty? Big shouts for the Hatters and not given by referee Madley as Gnakpa does brillaintly to weave strongly through the Kiddy defence and into the area. Before he's about to shoot, it looks as though he's caught by Albrighton but then whistler's not interested and signals for a goalkick. 47 mins - Half a sniff for Harriers as the ball breaks for Blair in the box but he won't want to see the highlights of his effort as turns and blasts a shot that goes out for a throw. 46 mins We're underway and there's a change at the break for the Hatters as Jason Walker replaces Barnes-Homer. 46 mins And we're off again here at Aggborough as the Town restart shooting towards the visiting support away to our right. Come on lads, turn this around for Pearcey. HALF-TIME And that's the end of the first half here at Aggborough and the Town are in the same position as they were here last season: trailing by one goal. That day they came back to win 2-1 and let's hope that will be the story I'll be typing in an hour's time. Stayed tuned for the second half updates in 15 minutes. 45 mins - We've got one additional minute to play before half-time. 43 mins - Harriers on top now as they push for a second before the break as Gittings' right-wing corner is glanced goalwards by Canham whose effort is a lick of paint away from finding the bottom corner, brushing the post on its way out of play. Phew. 40 mins - Five minutes to the break now. 36 mins - The Hatters are still enjoying plenty of the ball but aren't doing much with it unfortunately. Willmott tries to cross from the left with Crow lurking for a tap-in but Kiddy clear. 34 mins - And another shot from the Town from this distance as Keane looks up 20 yards and whacks a left-foot shot goalwards with interest that goes straight into the arms of Lewis. 31 mins - Then the Hatters almost make me eat my words as MBH does brilliantly to bring down a long ball from Tyler and lay off to Crow who takes a touch before blasting a shot from 22 yards that whistles over the bar. The crowd in the terrace behind scarper...that was travelling. 30 mins - No doubt the Town are bossing things here but they've yet to really have a shot at goal. 28 mins - Back come the Hatters and Crow is unlucky not to see his clever flick at the near post go in after fine wing play from Gnakpa right down the right wing - Lewis is there to stop the ball creeping home. 28 mins - As the hosts push for another Pilkington clears his lines and is fouled in the process by Mark Albrighton who becomes the first man in the ref's book. 25 mins  GOAL! HARRIERS 1-0 Town - Uh oh the Hatters are in trouble here at Aggborough as Pilkington upends Blair in the box and referee Madley awards a spot kick. CHRIS McPHEE steps up and rolls the ball into the bottom corner despite Tyler diving the right way. Against the run of play, that. No doubt about the pen, though. Stonewall as they say. 24 mins - PENALTY TO KIDDERMINSTER - Pilkington on Blair. 23 mins - Still the Town press and good build-up play from Willmott and Gnakpa down the left results in the Frenchman finding space to skew a shot well wide of the post, from the edge of the area. 20 mins - Quick thinking from Lewis in the home goal as he dashes out to boot clear as MBH had broken the offside trap looking to latch onto a Lawless through-ball. Then Keane tries his luck from 20 yards but his cross-cum-shot dips just over. The Town on top here. 18 mins - End-to-end stuff momentarily as good play from Lawless again finds Willmott but as looks to cut inside and get a shot away his touch isn't great enabling the hosts to break. Wright gets the better of Howells down the right and launches a high cross into the box but Canham at the back post can't meet it and the Town clear. 16 mins - Decent stuff again from the Hatters as Lawless sprays the ball out to Willmott on the left who clips in a dangerous cross into the heart of the Harriers' defence that Crow and Gnakpa are close to latching onto. Unlucky. 14 mins Yep, as predicted it's Murray off and Gnakpa on. Howells will drop to left back, Gnakpa will go to the right wing, Willmott to the left. 11 mins - Fred Murray in pain after an off-the-ball incident and the Hatters may need to make an early change with Gnakpa looking primed to join the fray. 10 mins - 10 minutes gone and Willmott and Howells have already switched flanks for the Hatters. 9 mins - Back come Harriers and Tyler's first meanigful touch is to catch a Nick Wright header on the stretch. 8 mins - Decent move from the Town as Harriers fluff a free-kick presenting Crow with the ball on half-way. He threads a ball to the speedy Willmott down the left. He looks up and drills across goalwards thar Lawless is running on to but Lewis in the home goal spots the danger and collects bravely. 5 mins - No chance for either side yet but I can tell you Gary Brabin has not sat down since the game started, patrolling the technical area and giving advise to his players. 3 mins - If you've looked at the team line-up I'm guessing you have an idea about how the Town are lining up with birthday boy Tyler in goal, Murray left back, Gleeson right back, Kroca and Pilkington, the skipper, at centre half, Keane and Lawless in central midfield, Willmott on the right flank, Howells in the left with MBH and Crow up top. 2 mins - Early pressure from the Town as ex-Harrier Barnes-Homer does well down the right to deliver a cross with the outside of his boot into the box but Lewis in the home goal can collect. Bright start from the Hatters. 1 min Annnnnd we're off as hosts kick-off shooting towards the 400 or so Town fans away to our right. Enjoy the updates. COYH! Harriers attack from the whistle but they give the Hatters possession immediately. 14:57 HERE THEY COME Out come the two sides onto the Aggborough pitch, Kiddy in red and the Town in navy blue. 14:50 BUSTLE Aggborough is filling up now, the home support are in good voice. They have a nice song about a points deduction that sounds familiar... 14:45 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS IN MEMORY OF IAN PEARCE Andrew Barringer: 3-1 Luton, Simon Pitts: 2-1 Luton, Justin Dealey: 0-0 draw, Mike Simmonds: 2-2 draw, Mark Wood: 2-1 Luton, Ian Ryan: 1-1 draw, Bill Cole: 2-2 draw. 14:40 MATCHDAY MUSIC Michael Jackson - Thriller. Let's hope it is today. 14:35 THE TEAMS Kidderminster Harriers: Lewis, Vaughan, Williams, Briggs, McPhee, Briscoe, Albrighton, Gittings, Wright, Canham, Blair. Subs: Stevens, Matt, Morris, Byrne, Hankin. Luton Town: Tyler, Gleeson, Kroca, G. Pilkington, Murray, Willmott, Lawless, Keane, Howells, Barnes-Homer, Crow. Subs: Graham, Newton, Gnakpa, J. Walker, K. Pilkington. 14:26 TWO CHANGES Dan Gleeson and Alex Lawless in are replacing Adam Newton and Paul Carden. Full teams to follow. 14:20 YOUNGSTERS WIN AGAIN A Jean-Phillipe Yamfam goal has given the Town Under-18s a 1-0 win over Southend United - their third straight victory in the Youth Alliance. 14:10 PEARCEY TRIBUTE DiverseFM's Mick Foster: "It will be a tough day but remember Ian will be having a pie and pint in the big executive box listening and watching. We will choke at times and shed a tear but that's because we care and miss him." 14:00 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Birthday greetings to Mark Tyler who is 34 today. 13:30 BY THE WAY Come on you Van-Makers! For those of you who fell for this, shame on you! April Fools! 12:55 WEATHER WATCH A nice spring in Worcestershire. Sun is out and it's joined by a few clouds in the blue sky. 11:00 DO IT FOR PEARCEY Ever since the news broke about the death of Ian Pearce the tributes have come in there hundreds. And so they should for the broadcasting legend and Hatters fan. Like everyone, Town boss Gary Brabin was shocked. "I was absolutely gobsmacked when I heard the news," he said yesterday. I'm sure he wasn't alone. Today the Hatters travel to in-form Kidderminster Harriers. While Brabs hunts a first win in charge to bolster the Town's play-off credentials, it will be a poignant occasion for the travelling press army that follow them up and down the country knowing that one man won't be there to share opinion before, during and after the 90 minutes. The messages online through various websites have been unanimous: let's get promotion for Pearcey. Play-off glory might seem a long way off - the Hatters still have nine league matches to negotiate to actually assure themselves of a top five spot - but if the Town players and supporters didn't already have an incentive to get promotion they do now. He'll be watching today and kicking every ball and they'll be a lump in our throats come kick-off time. Come on you Hatters.   Rest in Peace Pearcey. Well once more, as ever, win, lose or draw this evening lutontown.co.uk 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 @ http://mobile.lutontown.co.uk On Hatters Player you all have access to our live commentary. Remember, Player is available as ever which means you all have access to our live commentary. If you haven't heard it yet then where you have been? It's still brought to you by Simon "Statto" Pitts but he's got company this time! The DiverseFM team have collaborated with BBC Three Counties radio and the Club to bring you the Luton Town Show. Following the final whistle we'll have all the reaction from the men that matter this after, bringing you exclusive video content from Gary Brabin and from the dressing room. We'll have plenty of content to keep you interested as we'll have all of the post-match reaction from Gary as well as match action from Gareth Owen to follow after the final whistle. Be sure to check out www.hatterspics.co.uk - our online image library. Like a picture you see and fancy having that on a mug? Well, fancy no more - with Hatters Pics it's a reality. Remember, we want you to get in touch. Join the updates and get in touch. Email andrew.barringer@lutontown.co.uk and we'll pick the best comments to go live on the site during our live updates. Don't forget we're also on twitter and Facebook so feel free to interact with your fellow fans online. Enjoy the game. COYH!
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