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Throughout the 90 minutes chances were at a premium and the main difference at the end was the quality of finishing. 

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KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS

Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster, DY10 1NB

Main Stand: C & S Solicitors Stand

Pretty much where everything happens at the club. Outside, you can access the club offices, shop and their very own bar/pub, Harriers Arms. Once inside, the viewing is from a covered seating, mainly unreserved, stand, at the rear are the executive boxes/suites and the players tunnel brings the teams out on the halfway line with the dugouts on either side.

This is where I choose to sit, my ticket costing £16, though if you buy online like I did, you pay an additional £1.68 for the privilege of printing on your own paper at home.

North Stand:

Where the Harriers faithful and Ultras stand. Covered terracing with free atmosphere from the singing, drum banging home fans. Entry is £14, unable to buy online.

Outside at the junction with the East Stand is the Supporters Social Club.

East Stand: Hire It Stand

Another covered seating stand which is shared with the Away fans who have a couple of blocks of seats at the southern end of the stand. Weirdly, access to this stand is right at the back of the North Stand.

As with the Main Stand, entry is £16, unfortunately the £17.68 option online is not available.

South Stand:

On my visit this was unused, apart from a few Harrogate Town flags, similar in structure to the North Stand, this is currently only used when the away club bring a larger number of fans. If they do, they will pay £14 for the privilege of cheering on their heroes.

Public Transport:

At most it is half a mile from the train station, exiting to the north, turn left heading into the town centre, if unlike me you manage to make it past the excellent Captain Cod’s Fish Bar then take your next left and just keep going, 10 minutes at a stroll.

My Stats

My Ground #: 221

Visits: 1

Goals: 2

Female Officials: 1

Penalties: 0

Red Cards: 0

Teams Seen: 

Kidderminster Harriers & Harrogate Town

Games:

17/02/18 – Kidderminster Harriers 0 Harrogate Town 2

My Visits

17 February 2018

Kidderminster Harriers 0 Harrogate Town 2

Vanarama National League North

Attendance: 1,739

Programme: £3

The hosts came into this fixture unbeaten for 17 league games stretching back to September, including a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture with today’s opponents. In 4th place in the league, whilst they may struggle to catch the leaders Salford City, a play-off place is surely the minimum expectations at Aggborough.

Town, are recovering from a mid-January stumble with defeats at Nuneaton Town and Salford City. Currently going toe to toe with Salford City for the title, though both need to keep an eye on Brackley Town who are hanging on to their shirt-tails. Harrogate are the league’s leading goalscorers and came into this game in second place, this could only change if Salford City didn’t win and Town did, giving them top spot.

Following a minute’s silence for a couple of club stalwarts who had recently passed away we got underway bathed in a very strange thing. Yes, sunlight. Ah, the memory of days watching football in the dry.

The pattern of the game was set quite early on, with the battle between the two teams happening in-between the penalty areas, it was certainly an afternoon for the midfielders to earn their corn. Throughout the 90 minutes chances were at a premium and the main difference at the end was the quality of finishing.

First to nearly strike were the visitors, Leesley’s free-kick strike took a huge deflection and looked to be looping in, but landed on top of the net, quickly followed by a long range effort from Ngwatala fizzed wide it was the Town who took the lead on the quarter of an hour mark. Leesley firing home from an angle, beating Flatt with his effort going in off the bar, the winger looked like he had a point to make with his celebration, running straight at the Harriers bench.

Harrogate were now in control, and for 15 minutes or so did not look like they were going to lose their advantage. That all changed on the half hour mark, Harriers won a free-kick 25 yards out. Smashed at goal by McQuilkin, it crashed down off the underside of the bar, my first thought was it had crossed the line, however, the ball bounced up and was looping in the air, Ironside won the race and nodded home past Belshaw, only for the assistant to be flagging that the striker was offside when the free-kick was taken. The home fans were not happy.

Half-Time: Kidderminster Harriers 0 Harrogate Town 1

A minute into the second period and the visitors were 2-0 up. Knowles turning on the edge of the box in space and placing his short into the far bottom corner, his effort seemed to take an age to go in, Flatts dive unable to stop the effort.

That was pretty much game over. Harrogate controlled the game, yes Kidderminster had chances, but most were at best half chances and you got the feeling that if they did score then Town would go down the other end and pop another in.

As the pressure was ramped up in the last 15 minutes the Harriers went close a couple of times and even forced Belshaw into the only real save he had to make all afternoon, but as we entered the last 6 or 7 minutes the hosts appeared to realise that the game was over and did not press with the same vigour.  In fact at the end, it was nearly 3-0, Flatts nearly dropping a clanger and stopping an effort from Thewlis at the second attempt on the line.

Full-Time: Kidderminster Harriers 0 Harrogate Town 2

Post Match Stats:

750th Away Goal – Leesley (Harrogate Town)

250th Goal of the Season – Knowles (Harrogate Town)

14th Female Official in 470 games, first in 15 games.

209th Clean Sheet – Belshaw (Harrogate Town)

Team Records

Kidderminster Harriers:

Home: P 1 / W 0 / D 0 / L 1 / F 0 / A 2

Overall: P 3 / W 1 / D 0 / L 2 / F 1 / A 5

Harrogate Town:

Overall: P 6 / W 3 / D 2 / L 1 / F 8 / A 4

 

 

 

 

 

Shakermaker

But when you’re happy and you’re feeling fine
Then you’ll know it’s the right time

GAME OF THE WEEK

Brocton 1 Heather St Johns 3

Total Motion Midland Football League Division One

Attendance: 56

Gate: £5

Programme: £1

Third time lucky. As we pulled out of the back exit of Hilton Park southbound services, illegally I might add, we were making our way to Brocton. Ninety minutes earlier when we had left Manchester the destination had been Walsall Wood. We were not even on the M56/M6 spur bypass thingymajig when news came through the twitter web that the weather had won and a change of plan was required.

Alty were at Stourbridge, I knew it was on as I had seen the hosts tweet something earlier that morning, no problem, Stourbridge v Altrincham it was. After a quick toilet stop for the boy Wilks at Keele, I checked my phone, suddenly Stourbridge was in doubt. They were going to wait for the match referee to make a decision, 1:15, so we pulled into Hilton Park to await the decision. The decision was put back another 30 minutes. Not for us, new plan required.

Wilksy wanted to visit the home of the Badgers, so we headed off to Brocton, breaking laws, dodging traffic and ridiculous potholes on the M6, we made it Silkmore Lane in plenty of time.

Brocton’s home is just off Silkmore Lane and has it’s own driveway, very nice folks. At the entrance you are met by a number of pleasant gentlemen who take your pennies and point you in the direction of where you are to park. Two stands, one seated the other for the standers greet you as you come through the gates, the rest of the ground is open standing. In the North East corner of the ground is the clubhouse, compromising of changing rooms, toilets, hospitality, tea room and bar. A friendly welcome awaits.

There was little sign on the Silkmore Lane pitch of the poor weather that was decimating the fixture lists up and down the country, credit to the groundspeople and volunteers who manage the ground.

Header. It took a little while for the game to get going, both sides threatening until the final ball, that was until the 20th minute when The Saints took the lead. Neat build up in midfield led to a ball out wide to Cobourne, the winger, who gave the Brocton defenders a dizzy afternoon, put in a superb cross to the back post where Yonwin had lost his marker and met the ball to head past McCarthy.

Heather St. Johns controlled pretty much the rest of the game. Brocton tried and had moments, but that was pretty much all they had until late on. The Saints had chances to increase their lead before the interval, Cobourne, Yonwin, Doyle and the skipper Weale all created and went close, the defence and McCarthy managing to keep the visitors at bay until the break.

H-T. Brocton 0 Heather St Johns 1

Following a 15 minute lie-down the team emerged into the freezing afternoon and things started to get a bit feisty, challenges were flying in, the heat was being turned up on the pitch a little. The Saints were denied a blatant penalty as Douglas flattened Cobourne in the area, quite how the officials missed it I do not know, looked nailed on.

Off. As they game flowed from one end to the other and tackles flew in, the odd yellow was being produced, with 15 minutes or so remaining I witnessed my 100th red card, Burns shown a second yellow for a poor challenge on Weale. The referee had no other option.

Bundled. A comeback had looked a task too far for Brocton before they were reduced to 10 men, it became even harder 5 minutes later, Cobourne was once again the architect. Played in on the right hand side his shot across the face of the goal was saved by McCarthy and the bobbling rebound was bundled into the back of the net and just beyond the keepers grasp by Bloore.

Emphatic. In the last minute or two the visitors went 3-0 up, a break on the right hand wing saw a cross played into Weale, he deftly flicked the ball on for Cobourne who was arriving at pace at the far post and he finished emphatically past McCarthy, the rout was complete, surely that was that.

Pounced. Added on time saw two incidents, both at the Heather St Johns end of the field, first of all the Badgers got a goal back, a corner was pounced upon at the far post by Phillips and turned in. Then moments later the hosts broke and a through ball led to a chase between a home sub and Allsop in the away goal, was won by the Badger forward, he dinked it over the keeper, only for the Saints number one to save it with his hands outside the area. It should have been a red card, the visitors stopper can count himself lucky.

F-T. Not that it would have mattered too much as the final whistle went soon after. Brocton 1 Heather St Johns 3. A pretty fair reflection of the afternoon. Myself and Wilks were off into the Staffordshire night, with just one definite destination, and a good day had been had by all. I just now need to make plans to visit Walsall Wood and Stourbridge in the future.

ADDED ON

A bit like the week before at Halifax, the midweek was spent watching an FA Trophy game. This time it was a replay and a round further on, and, like the weekend to follow it was not first choice of the day. Weather again decimating the fixture list and leave us needing an alternative to our first choice of Prestwich Heys v St Helens Town.

Off to Edgeley Park for Stockport County v Kidderminster Harriers. Had to be an away win, this was my 4th visit to County’s home, 2 draws and a defeat had been my previous three results for the hosts.

On an awful night I am not too sure the hosts wanted to play this. Could not find a programme for love nor money and the tea bar only opened 5 minutes or so before kick-off. In a pretty even game, the hosts booked their place in the next round. Both sides had chances to take the lead before County managed it in the 25th minute as Turner rifled home from an acute angle.

After the break the snow began to fall, Kidderminster poured forward in search of an equaliser, unfortunately, most of their efforts were limited to around the edge of the box and they had left their shooting boots back in the Midlands.

With 15 minutes remaining County doubled their advantage, McKenna finally getting his shot away, a deflection taking it past Hall in the Harriers goal, 2-0 to Stocky. This was added to in the last minute Pearson brought down Stephenson and Dixon slotted home the resulting spot-kick

GAMES

Tue: Stockport County 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0

Sat: Brocton 1 Heather St Johns 3

FACTS

Games: 459

Goals:  1571

Grounds: 217

Games since a 0-0: 72

Milestone: 100th Red Card (Ryan Burns, Brocton).

Performance of the Week: Has to be Simeon Cobourne the Heather St Johns winger, tormented this marker all afternoon, created 2 goals and scored the third. Take a bow son.

Random Fact: Heather St Johns are the fourth team I have seen with Saint in their name. The others Greenalls Padgate St Oswalds, Heywood St James and Beeston St Anthony’s being the others.

SOUNDTRACK

Definitely Maybe – Oasis