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First-half report

3 November 2012

Croft the tormentor

Lee Croft led the Kidderminster Harriers' defence a merry during the goalless opening half of Latics' FA Cup with Budweiser, first-round tie at Aggborough.

The winger (pictured) tormented the home defence and was instrumental in most of the attacking moves as Latics did everything but find the net.

Matt Derbyshire had a goal ruled out for offside and home keeper Nathan Vaughan made a couple of important saves as Latics carved out 10 scoring chances.

Kidderminster also went close a couple of times in what was proving to be a rip-roaring cup tie.

Latics were unlucky not to take a fifth-minute lead when Jose Baxter's header from a Croft corner was brilliantly kept out by keeper Nathan Vaughan diving low to his left.

Jonathan Grounds then let fly from 30 yard but couldn't hit the target.

Kidderminster's first goal attempt in the 12th minute saw a header from striker Nathan Blissett which was cleared off the line.

Baxter had another strike which this time was deflected for a corner while Derbyshire had two shots but both cleared the crossbar in a lively opening to the game.

There was another chance for Baxter as he weaved his way through the Kidderminster defence before seeing Vaughan make a good save low to his left to keep out his shot.

Latics had the ball in the net in the 26th minute, but Derbyshire's near-post effort from a Croft cross was ruled out as the striker had strayed offside.

Kidderminster came within a whisker of snatching the lead against the run of play when a 30-yard drive from Keith Briggs whistled past the upright.

And the home side finished the half strongly as they had two shouts for penalties - both for handball - waved aside by referee David Webb.

Half-time: Kidderminster 0, Latics 0.







 

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