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WOKING v KIDDERMINSTER H

Tom Barnardo - 23rd April 2008

Kidderminster Match Preview

Saturday 26th April 2008
Woking vs Kidderminster Harriers
Blue Square Premier
Kingfield, Kick-Off: 5.15pm
(Free Entrance to All Under 16?s)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MATCH KICKS OFF AT 5.15PM. CARDINALS' BAR OPEN FROM 12 NOON TO SHOW CHELSEA v MAN UTD

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KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS FC

Members of the Aggborough faithful may have been expecting more from this season than mid-table security but Mark Yates?s men have unfortunately been unable to deliver a promotion push in what has effectively become a transition season for the Harriers.

Kidderminster, relegated from the Football League in 2005, have been inconsistent this year and have not been able to replicate their FA Trophy run of last year. Kidderminster lost 3 of their first 4 league matches, including an opening day defeat to Aldershot, but since then the Harriers have displayed just how good they can be, beating Exeter City 4-0, and exactly the opposite: losing at home to Weymouth and on the road to both Altrincham and Droylsden.

With their season not progressing as he might have hoped Mark Yates made many moves to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window. However, signings come at a cost and he was forced to sell both James Constable and Woking favourite Scott Bevan to Shrewsbury Town.

Summer signing Justin Richards left the club in controversial circumstances, completing a loan move to Blue Square Premier rivals Oxford United and club captain Stuart Whitehead also left the Worcestershire club. Since January, though, Yates has continued to strengthen his squad with loan signings in an attempt to push Kidderminster into the top ten.

The Harriers? recent performances have been incredibly variable. After drawing at home to Altricham Yates described his men as ?poor from the warm-up? and this obviously acted as motivation for the team to put six goals past Halifax at The Shay just three days later. Last time out, the Harriers beat promotion-chasing Burton 4-1 at home and were deemed ?unplayable? by Mark Yates. What Kidderminster will show us at Kingfield on Saturday, though, is anyone?s guess!

HARRIERS IN
Chris MacKenzie, Shrewsbury Town (free)
Luke Jones, Shrewsbury Town (undisclosed)
Matthew Bailey, Wolves (loan)
Darryl Knights, Yeovil (loan)
Jake Moult, Plymouth Argyle (loan)
Michael Wylde, Cheltenham Town (loan)
Dean Bennett, (loan extension)
Alex Jeannin, Oxford United (loan)

HARRIERS OUT
Scott Bevan, Shrewsbury Town (undisclosed)
James Constable, Shrewsbury Town (undisclosed)
Justin Richards, Oxford United (loan)
Michael Blackwood, Oxford United (loan)
Jonathan Munday, Worcester City (loan)
Stuart Whitehead, AFC Telford (mutual consent)

WOKING TEAM NEWS
Should Play ? Gasson, Bunce, Pattison, Sole, Morgan, Marum, Ruby, Batt,
Could Play ? Gindre, Worner, Gray, Quamina, Lorraine, Lambu, Green
Doubtful ? Hutchinson, Norville

FIRST TIME ROUND

Kidderminster 1-1 Woking (17th November 2007)

The Cards grabbed a last gasp equaliser at Aggborough in a thrilling midday kick-off televised by Setanta. Former Woking favourite Justin Richards had put the Harriers in front in the 37th minute from the penalty spot following a Tom Hutchinson error.

Giuseppe Sole equalised with just three minutes left on the clock, though, as he latched on to a long ball from Jay Gasson and calmly placed a low left-footed shot past Scott Bevan and into the back of the net.

This was only the second goal Woking had scored in six games and lifted the Cards to 18th in the table and above York City. As for Mark Yates?s men, this result increased their total points to 28 from 19 league games.

Woking: Ross Worner, Paul Lorraine, Tom Hutchinson, Jay Gasson, Matt Pattison, Goma Lambu (Jerome Maledon, 56) Bradley Quamina (Giuseppe Sole, 77), Kevin James, Joe Gatting (Liam Marum, 56), Marvin Morgan


CLASSIC ENCOUNTER

Kidderminster 0-1 Woking (9th April 2007)

Woking pulled 7 points clear of the relegation zone with the second win in four days for the new management team of Graham Baker and Neil Smith. Liam Marum, one of two changes from the Grays game on Easter Saturday, scored for the Cards five minutes before the break.

The Cards won a free-kick after the young striker had been fouled. The set play was passed to Goma out wide on the wing and his cross fell to Marum in the middle. With bodies around him, Liam?s shot evaded everyone and nestled into the corner, giving Bevan no chance.

Although the Kidderminster players pushed hard during the second half, Woking, taking the lead from the captain Neil Smith, defended valiantly and held on till the final whistle.

This sparked scenes of jubilation and relief from the travelling Woking fans, players and management alike and was the springboard for a final push up the table for the Cards.

Woking: Gindre, Gier, MacDonald, Hutchinson, Green, Lambu, Murray, Smith, Bunce (Selley), McAllister (Webb), Marum (Pearce)


FORM GUIDE (last five games)

Woking: DLWLD

Ebbsfleet: 1-1 DREW
Stevenage Borough: 0-2 LOST
York City: 3-2 WON
Oxford United: 2-1 LOST
Droylsden: 1-1 DREW

Kidderminster: DWDLD

Altrincham: 1-1 DREW
Halifax: 6-1 WON
Histon: 1-1 DREW
Weymouth: 2-1 LOST
Burton: 4-1 WON

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee ? K G Yeo
Assistants ? G Atkins & L Wood
Fourth Official ? N Lugg

TICKET INFO
Tickets for this final game of the season are free for all Under 16?s. Vouchers can be collected from the Club Shop and presented on the gate. Otherwise, normal match prices apply:
Terracing ? Adults ?12 OAPs ?10
Leslie Gosden Stand ? Adults ?15 OAP?s ?11

DON'T FORGET THE END OF SEASON PARTY AT 7.30PM!



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