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MATCH REPORT

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14:20 11th October 2011

KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 1-2 TOWN

Two goals from Robbie Willmott secured the Town's second away win of the season to ensure Aggborough remains a happy hunting ground for the Hatters. The winger's two goals in each half made it five for the season for the former Cambridge man and made it three wins from four visits to this part of Worcestershire. His first came six minutes before half-time when he tapped home from close range following great play from Amari Morgan-Smith and his second came eight minutes before the end when the same combination resulted in Willmott heading home Morgan-Smith's cross. Kidderminster rallied - Tom Sharpe netting with three minutes left - but the Hatters hang on to record their second successive win. Brabin made two changes to the side that thumped Barrow 5-1. Captain Pilkington returned at centre-half with fellow defender Shane Blackett slotting it at right back.Jake Howells was away with the Wales Under-21s whilst Will Antwi and Adam Watkins dropped to the bench alongside the returning Stuart Fleetwood. The Town started brightly, taking the game to the hosts. Morgan-Smith, fresh from his man-of-the-match performance last weekend showed signs of his hunger and determination to continue his rich vein of goalscoring form by hunting down a weak back-pass to block the goalkeeper's clearance on three minutes. However, back came Harriers, Mark Tyler getting his knees dirty to prevent Luke Medley's cross-cum-shot from skidding in at his near post on six minutes. It was pretty even stuff from both sides but as the half wore on the Town began to play some excellent football. On 23 minutes a lovely neat move saw Jamie Hand strike just over the crossbar and two minutes later another well-crafted move saw Keith Keane belt a shot on the half-volley straight at Dean Lyness in the home goal after a great counter-attack involving James Dance and Willmott. All of a sudden it was all the Town as they continued to press: Aaron O'Connor sending a low shot on the turn wide on 27 minutes before Morgan-Smith saw a shot stopped by Lyness after great solo play three minutes later. Jamie Vincent blasted a shot wide a minute later before Willmott was denied by a great intervention from Lee Vaughan at the back-post on 33 minutes. But the Hatters, and Willmott, were not to be outdone in their quest for the lead as they deserved went in front six minutes before the break. Morgan-Smith skipped down the right-wing, beating his marker for pace and power to burst into the box and lay the ball on a plate for Willmott to tap home his fourth of the season to send the travelling hordes into raptures. As the Town went in search of a second goal before the break, Curtis Osano and Janos Kovacs preserved the lead - the former making a crucial intervention to rob Tom Sharpe off the ball in the penalty area before the latter's brave block prevented Nick Wright's follow-up from making it 1-1. As half-time approached, however, the Hatters almost doubled their lead. O'Connor showed terrific touch and balance to fashion a chance, blasting a low shot goalwards that Lyness turned away but with the goal gaping Willmott could not repeat his earlier effort and two home defenders combined to avert the danger. The Hatters began the second half well but three minutes after the interval they were dealt a blow when Keane picked a yellow card which triggered a one-match ban for his fifth caution of the campaign. It was turning into a half of few clear-cut opportunities - the hosts pressed in search of a leveller but the Town were holding firm. Harriers came close to making it one-a-piece on 62 minutes when Nick Wright headed wide. The Hatters were living dangerously at the back - substitute Marc Williams going down in the penalty area with nothing given with the home side's appeals waved away by the referee. However, back came the Town and on 72 minutes they almost made it 2-0 when substitute Stuart Fleetwood slipped in Willmott into the box but his drilled low effort was well saved by the legs of Lyness. The home goalkeeper was called into action on 78 minutes as the Hatters looked to kill off the Kidderminster comeback. Hand did well to spot the danger in central midfield and drive forward and pick out Fleetwood who saw an angled drive warm the gloves of the stopper. But the Town didn't have wait long, though, to make it 2-0 with the same players combining once more. Morgan-Smith again did the donkey-work, beating his man down the right before hanging up a cross into the six yard box for Willmott to head home unmarked for his second of the afternoon. Any Hatters thinking they'd got the job had to think again with three minutes left when Harriers pulled a goal-back for a grandstand finish when Tom Sharpe tapped home from close. Fleetwood, Willmott and Morgan-Smith all came close to making it three as the time ticked down but after surviving three added minutes the Town held on to secure only their second away victory of the season. For minute-by-minute analysis see below. Kidderminster Harriers 1 (Sharpe 87) Luton Town 1 (Willmott 39, 82) Result FULL-TIME It's all over, three points and a second away win for the Town. Stay tuned for reaction, anaylsis, photographs and full report. Get in! COYH! 90 mins - 90 seconds of injury time left... 90 mins - Three added minutes to see out here... 89 mins - Almost a chance for Fleetwood to make it 3-1. Time ticking down, and we've got one minute of normal time left. 87 mins  GOAL! KIDDERMINSTER 1-2 Town (Sharpe) - Well...here we go...out of nothing, Harriers press and as the ball falls to Marc Williams in the box he squares to TOM SHARPE who has the simplest of tasks but to tap home. 82 mins  GOAL! Kidderminster 0-2 TOWN (Willmott) - Harriers' chances of getting back into this look bleak as the Town surely have the points in the bag. Again it's Morgan-Smith who is the architect down the right, beats his marker and hangs up a cross into the box and there's ROBBIE WILLMOTT to guide home a header into the corner. 80 mins - Into the last 10 minutes and still the Hatters lead. 78 mins - Harriers going for it now and the Town are finding a bit more space, as Hand breaks up play, drives forward and plays in Fleetwood but the striker's shot is straight into the hands of Lyness. 75 mins Second change for the Town, Dance replaced by Danny Crow. 72 mins - Back come Kidderminster, Storer driving a shot from 22 yards wide of the target. 70 mins - Almost 2-0, Fleetwood into Willmott, saved smartly but Lyness. 66 mins - Brabin changes things...it's now 442 with Fleetwood joining AMS up top, Dance and Willmott on either flank with Keane and Hand in central midfield. 64 mins First change for the Town: Stuart Fleetwood replacing O'Connor. No swap in terms of positions, Fleetwood on the right flank. 62 mins - Half a sniff for Harriers as they press, Nick Wright heading wide. 60 mins - Hour gone... 59 mins - Very little update you on in truth. Hosts frustrated but pressing. They're making their third and final change, Luke Medley being replaced by Marc Williams. 55 mins - 3,332 inside Aggborough today including 931 from Bedfordshire. 53 mins - The Hatters are seeing plenty of the ball but all of a sudden Harriers break at pace down the right but Blackett is there with a great sliding challenge to stop the danger. 48 mins - First action of the half, Keane goes in the book and that's his fifth of the season and he'll miss Tuesday's match at Ebbsfleet. 46 mins And we're off for the second half...no changes for either side. HALF-TIME That's the break here at Aggborough and the Hatters are certainly the happier of the two sides at the break as the lead 1-0 thanks to Robbie Willmott's fourth goal of the season. Check back in 15 minutes for the second half. 45 mins - Almost 2-0 as Willmott sees a shot blocked on the line after a fine effort from O'Connor was saved by Lyness. 45 mins - Two added minutes to play until the break. 44 mins - Almost 1-1 as the Hatters firstly have to thank Osano for an inch-perfect tackle to deny Gittings before the ball broke loose and Kovacs blocked a certain goal following the rebound. 43 mins - Two minutes to the break. 39 mins  GOAL! Kidderminster 0-1 TOWN (Willmott) - It has been coming and the Hatters deservely have the lead. Morgan-Smith is sent away down the right and he does brilliantly to burst into the box and square it on a plate for ROBBIE WILLMOTT to tap home his fourth goal of the season. Get in! 37 mins - Still goalless here, the Town still on the front foot. 33 mins - Almost 1-0 Town and Harriers have right-back Vaughan to thank for a great block to prevent Willmott's left-foot shot from finding the net after the winger latched onto Hand's excellent square pass into the penalty area. 31 mins - Shot off target from Harriers, Jamie Vincent sending a well-hit shot wide of the target. 30 mins - Another effort from the Town, this time Morgan-Smith showing pace and power to drive forward and take aim at goal but his shot lacks power and Lyness is able to gather, diving down to his right. 27 mins - Pressure definitely rising, more efforts flying goalwards from the men in the blue as they pour forward, this time O'Connor turning and shooting inches wide from just outside the box. 25 mins - Another chance, great move on the break. Willmott taking the ball out of the sky to touch the ball into the path of Dance who runs, and runs and runs, squares to AMS before the ball moves out to Osano and his cross is half-cleared to Keane on the edge of the box who hits a half-volley straight down the throat of Lyness. Good stuff. 23 mins - Then there is half a chance for the Town as they work it well to Jamie Hand who lets fly 25 yard out but his effort flies over the crossbar. 22 mins - Very few opportunities so far which is surprising because it's a half-decent game. 17 mins - Almost a chance for Gittings as he finds space in a central position just outside the box but as he pulls the trigger, who's there? Pilkington with a great sliding block. 15 mins - Still pretty even but the Town are playing some neat and tidy stuff so far. 12 mins - First man in the book is a player in red, Kyle Storer stopping Aaron O'Connor rapid progress down the right flank. 8 mins - Danger for the Town averted by a great defensive header by Kovacs to clear Gittings' inswinging free-kick. 6 mins - First work for Tyler of the afternoon as Harriers do well down the right, Callum Gittings sliding in Luke Medley down the flank but the former's cross-cum-shot is gathered at the near post by the Town stopper. 3 mins - Almost a sight of goal for Morgan-Smith as he chases down an under-hit backpass, closes down Lyness in home goal and blocks the keeper's clearance. Great determination and pace from the striker. 2 mins - So it's Tyler in goal, a back four of Blackett at left back, Osano at right back, Pilkington and Kovacs centre-halfs, Keane, Hand and Dance in a central midfield three, O'Connor on the right wing, Willmott on the left and Morgan-Smith in attack. 1 min And it's Harriers that get us underway here at Aggborough, enjoy the updates. COYH. 14:55 HERE THEY COME Two sides out, healthy following from Bedfordshire in attendance. 14:54 COLOURFEST Town will be wearing their third strip from last season - navy shirts and white shorts - today. 14:53 WEATHER WATCH Definitely Autumn now. Last week's warm weather is long gone. Big coat on in the press box for the first time this season. Grey, overcast with a slight chill in the air. 14:50 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 3-2 Luton, Simon Pitts: 2-1 Luton, Mike Simmonds: 2-1 Kidderminster, Mark Bazeley: 2-1 Luton, Mark Wood: 3-1 Luton. 14:45 TWO CHANGES Two changes and they're big changes: in come captain George Pilkington and fellow defender Shane Blackett. There's no Jake Howells, he's on international duty with Wales Under-21s and Will Antwi drops to the bench, as does Adam Watkins. Stuart Fleetwood returns but he's on the bench. Town: Tyler, Osano, G. Pilkington, Kovacs, Blackett; Hand, Keane, Dance; Willmott, O'Connor; Morgan-Smith. Subs: Crow, Antwi, Fleetwood, Watkins, K. Pilkington. Kidderminster: Lyness, Vaughan, Williams, Jones, Sharpe, VIncent, Storer, Medley, Gittings, Matt, Wright. Subs: Briscoe, Wright, Guinan, Phelan, Williams. 14:35 TWO CHANGES Pilks and Blackett in. 14:10 HELLO! George Pilkington and Shane Blackett out there warming up. Team news to follow... 14:00 TEAM NEWS COMING SOON There could be a few surprise inclusions... 12:40 ANNIVERSARY SEASON Last season it was us, this season it's Kidderminster who are celebrating their 125th birthday. 12:30 ON THIS DAY The Town beat Liverpool at Kenilworth Road on this day in 1988. Mick Harford scoring the Hatters' winner. 11:30 CONFIDENCE RISING Two defeats gone and forgotten, the Town camp is bristling with confidence - and with good reason. Last Saturday's 5-1 win over Barrow propelled them back in amongst the chasing pack for promotion whilst on Wednesday George Pilkington, Shane Blackett and Charlie Henry played 150 minutes between them in a friendly at St Neots. Slowly but surely things are looking up for Gary Brabin and the Hatters. Confidence has returned. In fairness it probably never went - but after going a goal down against the Bluebirds last weekend some have expected the team to fold, cave in on the pressure and disappointment having lost their last two. Five goals later, however, and it was all smiles. Brabin had talked of "wounded animals" when referring to Lincoln last month, but it was his side that earned that tag - responding in lethal fashion last Saturday to put Barrow to the sword. A week's a long time in football. Brabin said he was grateful for a midweek without the rigours of the Blue Square Bet Premier for a change as he prepares his squad for what surely will be their toughest test yet this season - a trip to Kidderminster Harriers. Last season, in what was the boss's second game in charge, both sides shared six goals in a real humdinger with the lead swinging one way and then other (twice!) when it looked as though the Hatters would come out on top. There would be no surprises if the same happened again this afternoon. Harriers have been indifferent at home, the Town not so strong away from Kenilworth Road. Both sides will be out to win and both sets of supporters will expect their side to emerge victorious come quarter-to-five. Well, whatever happens today and throughout the season, your official website will have everything covered: every step of the way: live, on radio and via social media. If you can't make the match then 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 WAP site. 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 afternoon, 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 Brabs 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. 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