Match Report: Kidderminster Harriers 4-1 The Imps
You only had to read the forum to see that not many were expecting us to get anything from this game and it proved to be the case as we put in a disappointing performance against Kidderminster Harriers who are 2nd in the Skrill Premier Division.
Yesterday's game saw Jake Sheridan and Ben Tomlinson return to the starting line-up to face Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough in the Skrill Premier Division.
Both sides got off to quick starts with Paul Farman being called into action within the first minute when Joe Lolley had a shot at goal and then Andrew Boyce headed just wide of the goal at the other end.
Tomlinson came close with a shot that went just wide of the post and he was then inches away from connecting with a cross from Sean Newton.
Defender Andrew Boyce then connected with a Miller throw but his header went over the bar.
Imps keeper Farman was called into action again in the 19th minute when he had to save a snap-shot from Nathan Blissett with his feet.
In the 20th minute Alan Power picked up a yellow card for a challenge on Jackman.
Plenty of chances were being created and some decent build-up play from City brought a smart save out of Danny Lewis from a Ben Tomlinson shot.
After 30 minutes Kidderminster were forced into making a substitution. Michael Gash replaced Nathan Blissett up front.
A cross from Jake Sheridan deflected out for a City corner and Sean Newton's effort went straight into the hands of the Lewis.
A free-kick was then given to Kidderminster in a dangerous position and the ball was played to Michael Gash who fired home into the top corner of the City net to put the home side 1-0 up.
In the second half the first chance fell to Joe Lolley who hit the woodwork from just outside the area.
The Imps brought on Nick Wright for Todd Jordan in the 52nd minute.
City won a corner but it was wasted at the home side countered, won a corner, then a shot from Lolley was driven low and hit Imps defender Andrew Boyce before going over the line.
City continued to create and waste chances. Sheridan was denied by Lewis and Newton volleyed over the bar from long range. The home side continued to push for a third goal and they came close when Gowling headed towards goal but his shot was cleared away by Tom Miller.
The hosts made another change in the 66th minute. Anthony Malbon came on for Jack Byrne.
A few minutes after the substitution they extended their lead to 3-0. Kyle Storer scored a stunning goal from long range. City goalkeeper Farman stood no chance of saving it. And after seeing the goal on YouTube, one has to question why the ball wasn't just hoofed up pitch or out of play rather than our player messing about with it.
In the 73rd minute Mo Fofana came on for Jon Nolan and a minute or so later the home side made a change. Marvin Johnson came on for Lolley.
The Imps finally found the net when Mo Fofana played in a superb cross and Nick Wright headed home against his former side.
In the 83rd minute Bohan Dixon came on for Luke Foster.
The Kidderminster goalkeeper was forced into making another save when Newton fired a free-kick on target.
The Imps continued to push late on and a shot from Ben Tomlinson went over the bar and then a shot from Dixon went just wide.
A disappointing day for The Imps was made worse when Malbon found himself with plenty of space to control the ball before firing the ball past Paul Farman.
The travelling 205 City fans deserved much better than what they saw.
The Imps will visit Aggborough Stadium next Saturday when we play Worcester City in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. Lets hope for a better result in that game!