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Kidderminster Harriers
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2 - 2

Woking
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Cards travel to league leaders

Brian Caffarey
2:46pm, Mon 25th Mar 2013
Kidderminster Harriers v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 26 March 2013

Weather permitting, the Cards travel to Kidderminster tomorrow (Tuesday) evening for a very tough encounter against top-of-the-table Harriers. Garry’s side then have to follow this up on Thursday with a game at Nuneaton, postponed from Saturday.

WOKING

Garry Hill should have the luxury of having both Billy Knott and Lee Sawyer available for selection in midfield, the latter having completed his two-match ban following his yellow card at Macclesfield.

The Cards sit in 11th place, with a win on Tuesday evening possibly lifting them as high as 8th place.

KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS

Steve Burr’s side lost their first five games and drew their next five before claiming their first three points. But their form since then has been sensational, with only three defeats in their last 20 league games, including nine wins out of their last ten games. These include victories away at promotion rivals Newport and Grimsby. On Saturday they won 3-1 at Southport with two late goals. They now head the table by three points, but Mansfield in second place have three games in hand.

Centre back Josh Gowling helped to shore up the Harriers’ defence following his signing in late August. Ryan Rowe and Anthony Malbon, both recruited from lower non-League sides after impressive goalscoring records, present a threat up front. They have been joined recently by Michael Gash, signed from Cambridge United. Steve Burr can also call on the vastly experienced Steve Guinan as well. Three other familiar names in the Harriers’ squad are former Burton Albion defender Ryan Austin, former Ebbsfleet midfielder Ricky Shakes and Kyle Storer, previously with Tamworth and Nuneaton.

GETTING THERE

Aggborough Stadium
Hoo Road
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
DY10 1NB

Official website: www.harriers.co.uk

By coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 3.30pm. The cost is £16 for members and £21 for non-members. Ring or email the Club Shop (shop@wokingfc.co.uk) to book your place.

By car
Leave M5 at junction 4 (signposted A491 Stourbridge). After approximately 5 miles, turn left onto A456 and follow towards Kidderminster. At roundabout on Kidderminster Ring Road, take first exit (signposted A451 Stourport). At next roundabout, take first exit (signposted A448 Bromsgrove), then take first turning on right into Hoo Road for the ground. There is a car park (charge £5) behind the away section of the ground (the South Stand) and also at the Stadium Close car park (free).

By train
The ground is only a very short walk from Kidderminster Station. You would need to get a train up to Birmingham New Street, via Basingstoke or travelling from Euston, and then walk across to Birmingham Moor Street to pick up a train to Kidderminster. Look up www.trainline.com or www.nationalrail.co.uk for some options. You would not be able to get back to Woking the same evening, though.
Kidderminster’s website gives the following directions from the station: “Walk down Comberton Hill towards the town centre and take the left turning just before Motorway Tyres near the bottom of the hill. Walk up Hoo Road for approximately half a mile to the Aggborough Stadium.� But there is a shortcut if you take the first turning on the left after leaving the station entrance on Comberton Hill; this leads to the public car park in Stadium Close.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £14
Over 60s, Under 18s & Students: £8
Under 16s: £5
Under 8s: Free (standing or sitting)

£3 extra to sit for all but Under 8s.

Away supporters can stand in the South Stand or sit in Blocks L and M in the East Stand.

Aggborough is renowned for its hearty food, so arrive with a good appetite!

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 2 Kidderminster Harriers 2
6 November 2012

A terrific, attacking display from both sides produced some superb entertainment in an end-to-end encounter.

Garry Hill brought in Adam Doyle and Bradley Bubb for Mike Cestor and Loick Pires following a disappointing defeat at Gateshead. The Cards were quickly in their stride, taking a lead in the third minute, with Lee Sawyer converting after some good approach play by Kevin Betsy.

But the Harriers fought back quickly, with Nathan Blissett powering a header home to equalise in the 16th minute. Kidderminster began to look the more dangerous of the two sides and should have taken the lead in the 27th minute but for a fine Aaron Howe save from Lee Vaughan’s spot-kick. But Blissett struck again just before half-time, seizing on a rebound after another sharp save by Howe.

Garry brought on Dean Sinclair for Jack Parkinson at the break. Both sides continued to attack furiously but it was the Cards who grabbed the final goal, Bradley Bubb taking advantage of a slip by Josh Gowling and lifting the ball cleverly over the Harriers’ keeper.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Adam Doyle (Mike Cestor 62), Mark Ricketts, Jack Parkinson (Dean Sinclair 46), Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Gavin McCallum, Bradley Bubb (Loick Pires 80)

Unused subs: Sam Beasant, Brett Williams

Goals: Lee Sawyer (3), Bradley Bubb (65)

Cautions: Kevin Betsy (29), Mark Ricketts (76)

Kidderminster Harriers: Nathan Vaughan, Lee Vaughan, Mickey Demetriou, Chey Dunkley, Josh Gowling, Kyle Storer, James Vincent, Keith Briggs (Callum Gittings 46), Ryan Rowe (Marvin Johnson 68), Anthony Malbon (Richard Peniket 79), Nathan Blissett

Unused subs: Daniel Lewis, Danny Pilkington

Goals: Nathan Blissett (16, 42)

Cautions: Chey Dunkley (20), Kyle Storer (33)

Attendance: 1,168

NEXT GAME

As already noted, the Cards travel to Nuneaton on Thursday evening for their hastily-rearranged game against Nuneaton Town. The next home fixture is this coming Saturday (30 March) against Hereford United. With only four more home games to go till the end of the season, make sure this date is in your diary!

Come on, you Cards!

Cards rise to the challenge

Alan Worth
9:20am, Wed 27th Mar 2013
Kidderminster Harriers 2 Woking 2
Blue Square Bet Premier
26th March 2013



A fabulous solo strike from Billy Knott and some spirited defending saw Woking secure another valuable point at the home of the league leaders on a freezing Tuesday evening in the West Midlands. Garry Hill punched the air in delight as he led his team to applaud the forty-five hardy Cards fans. They had surely travelled in hope rather than expectation but been rewarded with another superb performance and a pulsating game to watch.

After the exertions of the previous week Garry made two changes from the side that had drawn away at Braintree. John Nutter returned at left back and Lee Sawyer, back from suspension, took his place in midfield with Jack Parkinson out with an injury.

On a decent pitch considering the recent weather and in front of a healthy crowd of over two thousand it was Woking who began on the front foot. An early Cards corner was cleared and then after three minutes Kevin Betsy was fouled on the edge of the Harriers’ box – a recurring theme for the evening. Lee Sawyer’s effort was quickly cleared downfield and Seb Brown had to be out quickly to block Malbon’s one-on-one effort.

Yet another booking for Sawyer after only six minutes, following a rash challenge, possibly signalled a long night for the Cards but the midfielder, looking suitably mortified, picked himself up and continued to contribute to the team’s heroic effort without further alarms.

From the resulting free-kick Kiddermister were awarded their first corner. The ball was only half cleared to Vaughan who, lurking on the edge of the box, blazed his shot over the bar.

The Harriers were now beginning to settle and, playing some accurate passing football, took the game to their visitors. Johnson, a threat on the left-hand side, managed a fierce shot from out wide that was wide of Brown’s left-hand post and then Joe McNerney was called on to clear a dangerous Vaughan cross from the right.

Cards fans held their breath as Brown managed to fluff his clearance after a Mark Ricketts back pass fell to his left foot but Malbon’s resulting shot was deflected away for a corner.

A goal was coming with Kiddies’ incessant pressure and a series of corners saw the deadlock broken. On thirteen minutes Storer’s corner found Gowling, up from the back and unmarked at the far post. He nodded home from close range and the league leaders had their lead.

A shot from Jackman was wide after Brown’s clearance was less than convincing and then Johnson’s cross was headed wide by the on-loan Michael Gash when he might have done better. Another goal looked to be on the cards and it came after nineteen minutes. This time, however, and against the run of play it was the visitors who scored.

Following a mix-up between Betsy and Stockley the ball ballooned forward to be chased down by Bradley Bubb. He managed to get in front of Demetriou but was running away from goal when the defender brought him down from behind. Mr Hopkins pointed to the spot and Bubb brushed himself down to take the spot kick, blasting it past Lewis, the Kidderminster ‘keeper.

Almost immediately Woking had a second chance as a Nutter cross was chested down by the tireless Jayden Stockley for Betsy to hit left-footed but wide of the post.

With Woking now encouraged by their equaliser, they pressed forward and just before the half-hour mark Betsy, increasingly dominant as he sliced through the hosts' defence, slipped the ball to Stockley, who appeared to be brought down in the box. The ball fell back to Betsy, who also appeared to be fouled. The shouts for a penalty were this time waved away by Mr. Hopkins, who promptly booked Betsy for diving.

Kidderminster steadied their own ship and began to assert themselves as they tested Seb Brown – first with a cross from Johnson that had to be pushed away for a corner. From the corner Dunkley’s close-range header was somehow turned away by the Cards’ keeper, who then struggled with the next corner, patting down the ball towards the onrushing Kidderminster forwards but again the ball was cleared with some courageous last-ditch defending.

It was breathless stuff as yet another Harriers’ corner followed but Brown was fouled as he punched clear and the immediate danger was past.

On thirty-five minutes Stockley had a great chance to give Woking the lead. Betsy, yet again slicing through the middle, pushed the ball wide to Bubb on the right. His lobbed cross found Stockley unmarked but his header was just wide.

As the half came to a close it was Ricketts who was on hand to make a wonderful clearance from three yards, somehow getting back to clear a goal-bound effort before Sawyer, at the other end, saw his shot comfortably saved by Lewis.

Half-time: Kidderminster Harriers 1 Woking 1

As with the first half, it was Woking who were out of the blocks first with a Sawyer free-kick cleared and then unanswered appeals for handball following Betsy’s corner. The midfielder was then brought down as he dangerously cut inside and from Nutter’s excellent free-kick, wide on the left, Stockley saw his header brilliantly pushed away by Lewis when a goal looked certain.

Ten minutes in and with their first attack of the half Kidderminster took the lead for the second time. Storer’s free-kick from out wide looked way too strong as the ball appeared to be heading out. But somehow Gash rose to head the ball back across the goal for Malbon to score from close range.

But immediately, and in sensational style, Woking were level again. From the re-start Billy Knott took the ball forward, dropped a shoulder, carved his way through the middle of the Harriers’ midfield and, as the defence backed off, let fly from twenty yards, his shot nestling in the bottom corner. It was a stunning effort and his cartwheeled celebration in front of the travelling Cards fans said it all.

But Kidderminster are not league leaders for nothing and were determined to find a third goal and the three points. Attacks now came in waves as Woking were pushed back but still defending securely.

After seventy-three minutes the Cards had a let-off. A sizzling drive from substitute Briggs flashed off Brown’s left-hand post. A number of further corners followed and as Woking cleared so the ball came right back as they defended ever deeper.

With ten minutes remaining, Pilkington’s free-kick from just outside the box beat the Woking wall but not Brown, who made a good save. A further scare followed as McNerney had to head clear a dangerous free-kick after the ball had dropped in the middle of a melee of scrambling players.

With all this pressure there was always the chance that Woking might catch Kidderminster on the break and with four minutes remaining the opportunity came. Betsy brought the ball out of defence and set up substitute Mike Cestor clear on the left. But as he approached the penalty area unchallenged the ball bobbled, his shot was well wide and the chance for a now unlikely win had gone.

Kidderminster continued to press for their own win but Woking, defending to the last, saw out the four added minutes and secured their point.

A pulsating game and an excellent performance right across the Woking side saw them further consolidate their league position and quest to become the highest-placed part-time side. Woking will certainly have their say in who is promoted and who makes the play-offs as they face a number of contenders over the final weeks of the season. Playing like this, they will be no pushover and on tonight’s performance lived up to their billing.

In his programme notes, Kidderminster manager Steve Burr wrote – “we face a real threat this evening – as you always will against one of Garry Hill’s teams�. That threat was real and the Cards’ performance, on a great night of football, will not go unnoticed by those who still have to play this determined Woking side.


Woking: Seb Brown, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, John Nutter, Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer (Mike Cestor 82), Kevin Betsy, Billy Knott (George Frith 87), Bradley Bubb (Gavin McCallum 74), Jayden Stockley

Unused subs: Elvijs Putnins, Adam Francis

Goals: Bradley Bubb 22 (pen), Billy Knott 56

Cautions: Lee Sawyer 6, Kevin Betsy 28, Adam Newton 89, Jayden Stockley 90

Kidderminster Harriers: Danny Lewis, Lee Vaughan, Mickey Demetriou, Kyle Storer (Keith Briggs 65), James Vincent, Anthony Malborn, Marvin Johnson (Ryan Rowe 82), Danny Jackman (Danny Pilkington 65), Michael Gash, Chey Dunkley, Josh Gowling

Unused subs: Nathan Vaughan, Greg Pearson

Goals: Josh Gowling 13, Anthony Malbon 55

Cautions: Danny Jackman 37, Lee Vaughan 51, Josh Gowling 60

Attendance: 2035 (45 Woking)

MOTM: Mark Ricketts – a captain’s performance on a night when everyone played their part.

Kidderminster Harriers LINEUP
1Danny Lewis
2Lee Vaughan
3Mickey Demetriou
4Kyle Storer ('66)
8James Vincent
10Anthony Malbon
11Marvin Johnson ('82)
16Danny Jackman ('66)
20Michael Gash
22Chey Dunkley
30Josh Gowling
BENCH
9Ryan Rowe ('82)
14Danny Pilkington ('66)
21Keith Briggs ('66)
23Nathan Vaughan
27Greg Pearson
WOKING LINEUP
30Seb Brown
2Adam Newton
26John Nutter
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson
4Mark Ricketts
15Lee Sawyer ('82)
24Billy Knott ('87)
9Bradley Bubb ('74)
11Kevin Betsy
25Jayden Stockley
BENCH
18Elvijs Putnins
3Mike Cestor ('82)
22George Frith ('87)
19Gavin McCallum ('74)
17Adam Francis

Kidderminster Harriers 2 - 2 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Billy Knott Interview

Nick Shaw
1:44am, Wed 27th Mar 2013
David Holmes speaks to Billy Knott after the Cards draw 2-2 away to league leaders Kidderminster Harriers.



Billy Knott:








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