Rochdale 0 Kidderminster Harriers 1

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Last updated : 15 November 2003

Rochdale slipped to another home loss, this time going down to a 1-0 defeat against struggling Kidderminster Harriers.

Dale are now on the slippery slope towards the bottom of the table, but for the first half hour the home side looked as if they were going to get things right this time.

Everything was right except their shooting and half a dozen early chances were wasted before fortune was waiting for them with a nasty blow in the shape of a shot from Matthew Gadsby who finished off some good work by John Williams by putting a right footer into the net.

Try as they would Rochdale could not get near to scoring after this and it was the lively Harriers who produced most of the chances though Kidderminster goalkeeper Stuart Brock had to make smart saves from Patrick McCourt and Gareth Griffiths to keep his side in front.

Their was more misfortune to come for Rochdale just after the interval when substitute defender Michael Simpkins was taken off injured and Rochdale, having used three subs already were down to ten men.

Past experience this season has shown that Rochdale have done better when depleted but not this time.

A ragged performance became even more so and Rochdale finally perished without much of a hope.

Now and again the home side posed a bit of a threat with teenager McCourt trying to wiggle his way through a packed defence but nothing materialised from that or for that matter from anything else.

There was nearly a goal at the other end when substitute Bo Henriksen hit the crossbar with a shot after the home defence had been left stranded up field.

Kidderminster were well worth their win. They came back strongly after a bad start with Andy White and Dean Bennett causing plenty of problems. When White was substituted Henriksen came on to continue with the perpetual threat to the home defence.

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