Kidderminster v Luton
Howells 70′ (pen), 81′ (pen)
- FT 90 +7
- HT 0-0
Jake Howells' two disputed second-half penalties earned Luton Town their second league win of the season.
Luton would have been ahead if Howells had converted two close-range chances either side of Harriers striker Joe Lolley forcing a save from Mark Tyler.
Howells eventually gave Luton the lead in the 70th minute, after Paul Benson was fouled by keeper Danny Lewis.
His second spot-kick 11 minutes later came following defender Josh Gowling's challenge on Andre Gray.
Luton had proved wasteful after the break as a string of good openings went begging, Luke Guttridge, Benson and Gray all going close.
But it took what looked a soft penalty decision to earn the Hatters their breakthrough on 70 minutes, when Lewis was adjudged to have brought down Benson.
And, when Gray went to ground under the challenge of Gowling, referee Kevin Johnson again gave the penalty, on the say-so of the linesman, and Howells once again converted from the spot.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Kidderminster Harriers left-back Mickey Demetriou told BBC Hereford & Worcester:
"The last time we lost two in a row was a year ago and the lads are very disappointed. We know we can play better.
"It was a couple of sloppy penalty decisions. I can see why the ref has given them but they're still a bit soft.
"The first one Chey Dunkley's touched the ball back and Danny's just stood his ground, so what more can he do? He can't get out of the way it's happened so quick.
"For the second one, the linesman's given it more than the ref. Their striker was bit surprised it was given."
Luton manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"We've done great the last couple of games. We're not the best team, but what we are doing is just getting better and better and gradually we'll keep improving it, working hard and hopefully putting on performances like today.
"It's important that while I build this that I build it in my own time and my own way and gradually add things bit by bit. Once we get the proper foundations all in place we can start growing it. As good as it was today we're only building the foundations."
"I thought he [Paul Benson] was fantastic. His work rate is phenomenal, his touch is great and he's a clever player. For a debut you wouldn't do better."
- 01 Lewis Booked
- 02 L Vaughan
- 03 Demetriou
- 06 Dunkly
- 30 Gowling
- 04 Storer (Byrne - 72' )
- 08 Fowler Booked
- 18 Gittings
- 09 Gash
- 11 Johnson (Jackman - 82' )
- 21 Lolley (Malbon - 72' )
- 23 N Vaughan
- 07 Byrne
- 16 Jackman
- 10 Malbon
- 13 Blissett
- 01 Tyler
- 05 McNulty Booked
- 11 Howells
- 12 Griffiths (Martin - 90' )
- 14 Parry
- 25 Henry
- 30 Lacey
- 04 Smith Booked
- 21 Guttridge
- 26 Benson Booked (Wall - 90' )
- 27 Gray
- 16 Justham
- 18 Martin
- 22 Whalley
- 10 Wall
- 13 Cullen
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +6:20
Danny Jackman takes a shot. Mark Tyler catches the ball.90:00 +4:48 Substitution
Substitution Dave Martin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Griffiths.90:00 +3:34
Corner taken by Danny Jackman. Alex Lacey manages to make a clearance.90:00 +2:46 Substitution
Substitution Paul Benson goes off and Alex Wall comes on.90:00 +1:20
Jonathan Smith takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.90:00 +0:43
Handball decision goes against Danny Jackman. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.90:00 +0:21
The referee blows for offside against Paul Benson. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.90:00 +0:05
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge by Lee Fowler. Scott Griffiths restarts play with the free kick.81:31 Booking
Cheyenne Dunkley fouled by Paul Benson, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Paul Benson a yellow card. Lee Fowler restarts play with the free kick.81:12 Substitution
Substitution Danny Jackman is brought on as a substitute for Marvin Johnson.80:43
Andre Gray provided the assist for the goal.80:43 Goal scored
Goal! - Jake Howells - K'minster 0 - 2 Luton Power penalty scored by Jake Howells. Kidderminster 0-2 Luton.78:49
Andre Gray fouled by Josh Gowling, the ref awards a Penalty.77:51
Marvin Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Lacey. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.75:49
Paul Benson challenges Cheyenne Dunkley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.71:13 Substitution
Substitution Jack Byrne on for Kyle Storer.71:13 Substitution
Substitution Anthony Malbon replaces Joe Lolley.69:25
Assist by Paul Benson.
Goal! - Jake Howells - K'minster 0 - 1 Luton Jake Howells scores a placed penalty. Kidderminster 0-1 Luton.69:06 Booking
Daniel Lewis concedes a Penalty for a foul on Paul Benson. Daniel Lewis is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.66:58
Steve McNulty challenges Callum Gittings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve McNulty is given a yellow card. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.66:55 Booking
Michael Gash takes a shot.65:36
Jake Howells has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.65:19
Cheyenne Dunkley challenges Luke Guttridge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ronnie Henry takes the free kick.63:33
Paul Benson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Gowling. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.61:30
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mickey Demetriou by Paul Benson. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.60:51
Luke Guttridge takes a shot. Daniel Lewis catches the ball.57:23
Joe Lolley takes a shot. Clearance made by Alex Lacey.56:34
Lee Vaughan fouled by Paul Benson, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Vaughan restarts play with the free kick.54:21
Luke Guttridge takes a shot. Cheyenne Dunkley gets a block in. Corner taken by Jake Howells. Daniel Lewis catches the ball. Daniel Lewis fouled by Steve McNulty, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.53:02
Kyle Storer takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.51:44
The official flags Mickey Demetriou offside. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.49:26
Corner taken by Jake Howells. Joe Lolley makes a clearance.48:44
Lee Vaughan takes a shot. Mark Tyler catches the ball.48:09
Corner from the right by-line taken by Kyle Storer. Clearance by Alex Lacey.46:30
Paul Benson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Vaughan. Daniel Lewis takes the free kick.45:01
The second half begins.45:00 +2:14 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.45:00 +1:23
The referee gives a free kick against Paul Benson for handball. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.44:34
Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley on Paul Benson, free kick awarded. The ball is crossed by Jake Howells. Andy Parry takes a shot. Daniel Lewis catches the ball.43:33
Unfair challenge on Lee Fowler by Luke Guttridge results in a free kick. Daniel Lewis takes the free kick.42:01
Luke Guttridge takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.41:36
Cheyenne Dunkley fouled by Ronnie Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.38:47
Shot by Jake Howells went wide of the left-hand upright.37:59
Joe Lolley takes a shot. Diving save by Mark Tyler.Corner taken by Kyle Storer from the right by-line. Luke Guttridge makes a clearance.36:09
The referee blows for offside against Marvin Johnson. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.30:21
Corner taken by Jonathan Smith.28:04
Foul by Jake Howells on Callum Gittings, free kick awarded. Mickey Demetriou takes the free kick.27:34 Booking
Unfair challenge on Marvin Johnson by Jonathan Smith results in a free kick. Jonathan Smith receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Lewis takes the free kick.22:57
Andy Parry takes a shot.21:28
Luke Guttridge takes a shot. Daniel Lewis safely holds on.18:54 Booking
Lee Fowler concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Howells. Caution for Lee Fowler. Free kick crossed by Luke Guttridge. Daniel Lewis catches the ball.17:27
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge by Lee Vaughan. Luke Guttridge crosses the ball in from the free kick. Clearance made by Josh Gowling.16:47
Lee Vaughan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Griffiths. Luke Guttridge restarts play with the free kick.13:20
Corner taken by Jonathan Smith from the right by-line.11:56
Ronnie Henry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mickey Demetriou. Free kick taken by Kyle Storer.7:22
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Smith by Kyle Storer. Ronnie Henry takes the free kick.5:01
Corner taken by Kyle Storer. Mark Tyler punches the ball.3:13
Jonathan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Lolley. Srike on goal from Kyle Storer hits the wall from the free kick.0:00
The game kicks-off.
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