Kidderminster Harriers brought pretty much a first choice team to Victoria Road
last night and looked every inch the professional outfit in seeing off a
makeshift Daggers side.
On a damp, occasionally very damp, and windy night
Garry Hill fielded a team that as predicted was fairly recognisable, but by no
means a first team. Wearing 2 to 11 (and with Goth in his 18 shirt) and no shirt
names it was pretty clear that the Daggers were taking the LDV less than
seriously with the real business of the FA Cup just 4 days away.
back from loan, and Ashley Vickers, back from suspension both made a welcome
return. The Daggers lined up 3-5-2 with Cole, Smith and Vickers the back line
and Mark Rooney and Paul Mayo as wing backs. Central midfield was Mark Janney,
Steve Perkins (right) and Danny Shipp with Junior and Gary Fletcher up front. On the
bench were a loan signing from Charlton Athletic, Yohance Lewis and Daggers PASE player Jamie Murat.
Kidderminster Harriers meanwhile lined up with the team that played
their last Division 3 game minus Scott Stamps with former Dagger loanee Drew
Broughton wearing 9.
The game was pretty even for the opening 15 minutes with
the Harriers looking the more dangerous, Hinton and Shilton both having chances
before John Melligan, on loan to the Harriers from Wolves, popped up to apply a
simple finish to a great passing move in the 20th minute.
For the next ten
minutes Harriers continued to threaten crisply passing the ball around and
pulling the Daggers all over the place. Shilton forced a good save out of Paul
Gothard (left) and the Hinton headed the resulting corner just over. Goth again saved
from Drew Broughton.
The Daggers first effort of note came when Danny Shipp's
shot from distance was deflected forcing Stuart Brock to save and it briefly
looked like they were starting to get to grips with the visitors until Sam
Shilton made it 2-0 on 39 minutes.
Again it was a passing move with Adie Smith providing the killer pass which
resulted in a race between Paul Gothard coming off his line and Shilton. Shilton
won it easily and lobbed the ball into the empty net with Goth stranded.
half time approaching Gary Fletcher picked up a knock resulting in him being
replaced by Steve West at half time. Steve Perkins also left the field at the
break, replaced by Jamie Murat. With Kiddy making two changes as well, it left a
feeling that this was a glorified friendly fixture.
The game was ended as a contest after only three minutes gone of the second half.
Substitute Dean Bennett was found in acres of space by Shilton's cross with the
bench yelling for Ashley Vickers to pick him up for at least 10 seconds before
that. His first shot was bravely blocked by Goth but the rebound was dispatched
With the Harriers over the horizon they relaxed slightly the Daggers started to find a bit more space.
Danny Shipp was the first to test the largely redundant Brock when he came close with a header after 62 minutes. A minute later
Junior McDougald (left) ran through but his well struck shot went into the side netting.
Cole limped off shortly after this replaced by Yohance Lewis who proceeded to
look very lively, Steve West dropping back into defence as a result of the
was Lewis that provided the pass for the Daggers consolation goal picking out
Mark Janney's run. Janners (right) fired in a screamer from the edge of the area to make
If the Daggers had thoughts of the great comebacks in last season's LDV these
were quashed by the Harriers who could easily have grabbed a couple more as they
had several good chances late on, Drewe Broughton brilliantly tackled by Paul
Mayo when he looked certain to score on one occasion. The last chance of the
game fell to Shilton who slotted the ball away but was ruled offside.
LDV is history for the season and will not be mourned by many based on the crowd
of just 742 on what was admittedly a wicked night.
Other Conference sides
didn't fare much better, only Stevenage Borough beating Football League
opposition with a 2-1 win over Swansea City at Broadhall Lane. Doncaster and
Leigh both went through in all Conference games and Hereford were beaten by a
last minute equaliser and a golden goal penalty 3-4 at home to Northampton.
sees leaders Yeovil Town travel to York Street, Boston, to take on the cheats.
Good luck Yeovil.