With Southend losing at home the previous night, Kidderminster looking beatable and The Glovers now attacking the end which housed the away support, there was no better incentive than to go out and give their host’s a footballing lesson, but the second half started as the first finished, no one was taking the game by the scruff of the neck. Darren Way was harshly booked (like Sodje in the first half) for an innocuous tackle, and from the free kick Collis saved well from Jones. Way himself was then fouled on the edge by Cozic but the free kick offered little.
Then came the turning point from Yeovils’ perspective. Adam Lockwood was replaced by Kevin Amankwaah at right back and straight away he made his presence felt with a powerful run down the right hand side. His low hard cross into the box was turned away for a corner when it could so easily have been turned into his own net by the defender.
Subsequently, on 61 minutes came the first goal of the game, and the first bit of quality from Yeovil. Terry Skiverton intercepted the ball midway inside the Kiddy half and his fine throughball dissected the defence and gave Gall and Aaron DAVIES the chance to jockey for position, Davies took responsibility and carried the ball forward at pace into the box, he drew Danby in goal and calmly slotted the ball into the far corner of the net to put the visitors one up. Surely now the floodgates would open!
Amankwaah, strong again down the right released Gall, but his cross to the far post was easily taken by Danby under no pressure. That signalled the second substitution for Yeovil, and on came the current cult hero Bartosz Tarachulski who replaced Phil Jevons. Jevons worked hard all game but was unfortunate not to get a great deal of service. Jevons needs chances on a plate sometimes…if we knew what was coming he would have got them…hindsight is a wonderful thing!
The faithful trumpeter found some new notes on his well-used instrument and the tempo was rising, Bartosz held the ball up and laid it to Davies, whose clever flick released Kevin Gall. Gall did well to get in front of the defender but rued the chance to finish…if only it fell to Jevo! Then Darren Way, Rooneyesque squirmed his way from the corner flag down the touchline and evaded lunging challenges as he bore down on goal, just as he was about to pull the trigger he was tackled one last time and the defender had the last laugh. Amankwaah, on fire again freed Gall, but his cross to the far post went begging….Jevo?
Rose attacked down the left flank and got in a decent cross, only to be fouled late by Cozic. Booked before you have to say he was lucky….lucky the ref bottled his decision to send him off. Rose was incensed and told the official what he thought.
And then came the killer blow! From nowhere Kidderminster pulled themselves back into the game with a stunning equaliser, the ball was never cleared from the Yeovil box and as it looped back in again, Mark RAWLE, just on as a sub volleyed in and over Collis with just seven minutes left. By now, if the Harriers fans had had a trumpet they would have found an orchestra to go with it as they threw caution to the wind. Untroubled for much of the game, Yeovil’s certain three points looked like going down the plughole. Rawle with the open goal at his mercy blazed over! The match began to take on that of a heavyweight boxing match with both fighters ready to slug it out in the final round before the bell. Amankwaah, again down the right crossed low, and Johnson only needed the slightest of touches to direct the ball goalward…if only it fell to Jevo! Rawle then burst through again and Collis saved…
Stolcers completed the substitution card for Gary Johnson, he replaced Gall with a few minutes to go, immediately Johnson had another opportunity, picking up the loose ball on the edge he had time to pick his spot, he opted for power and drove across the ball and just the wrong side of the post, moments later, surely now it would be - but again, bursting through the right channel he hesitated and as he shot the last defender nicked the ball away to safety and out for a corner. At this point the stewards as usual took up the touchline positions signalling almost, that the end of the game was nigh. Facing the crowd and the clock, one dayglo clad nice man signalled, when requested that time was up, the clock read 90 minutes! Unfortunately one of his colleagues, who looked more like the fat controller acted like a complete plonker, and refused to allow Lee Johnson to get the ball and take the corner. That man probably should not have even have been there, and quite frankly with emotions running high he could have caused a major incident, putting not only himself, but his colleagues and the junior glovers along the front row at huge risk. His decision not to leave the pitchside when asked by his own men was foolhardy and quite bluntly he should be sacked. Credit to the stewards and the Yeovil fans for keeping a lid on it!
Time was nearly out and it was Kidderminster who could have taken the spoils, twice denied by Steve Collis who made two excellent saves, first his tip over from a long range shot, and then from the corner he saved well with his legs to deny the Harriers a last gasp win.
And that’s how it ended, a pulsating finish to a drab game before it. Was it a point gained or two lost? We’ll only know in a week or two! On next is our other conference rivals, Wycombe Wanderers. Gary Johnson and Steve Thompson will have plenty to ponder for that match. I wonder who will be the unfortunate one to miss out as surely Amankwaah proved he is worthy of a start…does he play right back or right wing??…time to earn your money Mr J!
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 5.9 / 10
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