Nationwide League Division 3
26th December 2000

Kidderminster H


Mansfield Town

Durnin 3
Attendance: 3,842

Martin Shaw at Aggborough

Another disappointing away day for the Stags as they lost their fifth consecutive game away from Field Mill. The key points of the game was some terrible Stags defending down the Kidderminster right-wing and inability to pick up attackers in the box from crosses.  Stags made one change from the side that had been held by Carlisle, as Michael Boulding replaced Danny Bacon in attack. Kidderminster included in their side former Stags striker Stewart `Turbo` Hadley, who returned to the Harriers side due to injury to fellow striker Ian Foster. There was a good following from Mansfield with about 300 fans making the journey from East to West Midlands.

Mansfield made a quite appalling start and had already been guilty of giving the ball away on a number of occasions before the home side took the lead on 3 minutes. A cross came in, unchallenged, from the aptly named Ducros on the right-wing and found the unmarked John Durnin at the far post. Durnin had all the time in the world to place his header back into the far corner of the net giving Mimms no chance.  Stags continued to play poorly, but gradually worked their way back into the game. Possession was fairly evenly spread between the 2 sides but it was Kiddie who were passing ball around neatly and looking more likely to score. Several times Pemberton gave the ball away unnecessarily and was easily beaten down the right wing, and it seemed that Hicks was at often fault with poor marking in the box.

Stags had a half-chance for Hassell who show straight at the keeper, while Boulding had the best chance but his powerful shot was well saved. But Stags never got a grip of the midfield and it seemed that loose balls always fell for the home side. Kidderminster had a great chance to extend their lead just before half time. Another cross from the right wing found Durnin again unmarked 6 yards from goal, but when it seemed easier to score, he volleyed his shot onto the outside of the post.

Half Time 1-0

Stags needed a lift from somewhere but it never came, and despite having an even share of possession, like in the first half, Mansfield in truth never looked like equalising. Again it was the home side that created the better chances. The best chance was another free header from 6 yards, this time from a left-wing cross, but Durnin headed well-wide.

So Mansfield slipped to yet another away defeat, this time by 1-0: the first 1-0 defeat away from home this season. Despite an equal share of possession, Stags were well beaten and should have lost by more than one goal. Kidderminster played very neat football and out-passed the Stags, who themselves have been praised for neat football this season, but certainly not today. After the failure to beat Carlisle at Field Mill, it is now quite vital that Stags pick up at least 6 points from the 3 consecutive home games coming up against Barnet, Cheltenham and Plymouth.

Man of the Match - Adam Barrett


Line Up Rating Remarks
Mimms 7 Good handling throughout
Robinson 6  
Barrett 7 Two great saving tackles and generally the pick of the defence
Hicks 5 Failed to pick up attackers in the box
Pemberton 4 Appalling first half; slightly better in the second half
Williams 5  
Blake 6  
Hassell 5  
Clarke 6 One or two sparks of his best form when going forward, but not enough
Boulding 6 Some good running, but didn't create enough dangerous attacks
Greenacre 6 Not given enough good service, and struggled against a fine defender in Hinton
Disley 6 for Blake, 75 minutes
Corden 6 for Pemberton, 75 minutes
Bacon 6 for Boulding, 80 minutes
Not Used:  Lindley, Asher