Not only an unchanged starting line-up, but also an unchanged subs bench and an unchanged formation, as
Gary Johnson asked his side to kick off in the manner that they had left off against Histon on Saturday.
Visitors Kidderminster were bound to be fired up to impress new manager Stuart Watkiss and they certainly
gave notice of their battling intentions when they landed two players in the book inside four minutes of
The Glovers came close to an early lead with a great set piece. Just as Kidderminster were bracing themselves
for a 25 yard Lee Johnson special, the midfielder chipped the ball short to Darren Way, who flicked the ball
behind the Harriers wall and straight into the path of Phil Jevons, who didn't quite have enough time to compose
his close range shot to keep it on target.
Possession was almost entirely in the Harriers half, although that didn't stop Yeovil nearly gifting
Kidderminster their first chance. A Scott Guyett header back to Chris Weale didn't quite reach it's intended target
and Simon Russell intercepted, only to find Lee Johnson alert and ready to stop any chance of a shot being fired
in on goal.
Kidderminster's unambitious 4-5-1 formation was not the greatest surprise to the home players, although they
were having trouble getting in behind the crowd of ten man that were permanently behind the ball. Michael Rose
tried his luck from long range, whilst Kevin Gall was a little more productive, forcing keeper Ryan Clarke
into a parried save which Bartosz Tarachulski couldn't convert on the rebound. But mostly it was all about
Yeovil trying their best to unpick the Kidderminster back line, and a series of misplaced attempts to do that
resulting in some impatient noises from some of the less understand home supporters.
Bar the misplaced backpass, Kidderminster hadn't even come within a sniff of Yeovil's goal, but as often
happens in such circumstances, just one move is all it needs to create a goal. Just after the half hour mark,
Jon Beswetherick put in a deep cross to the Harriers sole front man Darryn STAMP, who guided his header
across the face of the Yeovil goal and into the opposite corner.
The clear worry here was that if Kidderminster's tactics were to play negatively and keep players behind the
ball, then at 1-0 up, they would redouble their efforts to defend and block. But fortunately it only took
a matter of five minutes to draw level. A Michael Rose free kick had been punched over his own crossbar by
Clarke as Yeovil went close, but in a moment of long-ball magic, Yeovil drew level.
Colin Miles had been drawing
criticism from home fans for some of his apparently over-ambitious passes over the top of the Harriers midfield, but
when his 60 yard pass found Andy LINDEGAARD, suddenly no-one was complaining as the right wing-back chested
the ball down, beating his marker all ends up, and then rifling a left-foot shot in off the post from 25 yards to
draw Yeovil level. Thankfully it was enough for the Glovers to take in at half time in a frustrating 45 minutes
where they dearly needed to create space in order to carve open the resolute Harriers double-back-line.