Kiddy Held On Keates' Debut

Last updated : 11 February 2004 By Footymad

A worrying lack of firepower means Kidderminster are still searching for their first win of 2004.

There was no shortage of spirit and determination from Jan Molby's men but it was the same old story as they failed to find their finishing touch in front of goal.

A point at least edged them a little further away from the relegation zone but three points from a possible 18 means they remain in deep trouble.

Cheltenham were in similar difficulties at the turn of the year, but they now enjoy a relatively healthy mid-table position after picking up another point on the back of two wins.

The two teams produced a high tempo game with plenty of thrills but neither had the cutting edge to conjure a goal.

Newcomer Dean Keates, signed from Molby's former club Hull City, produced an eye-catching debut with some excellent touches and link play in midfield.

Another surprise newcomer - former Harrier Ian Foster, signed on loan from Chester City - also showed up well for an hour, but faded and was eventually substituted.

Kidderminster's best chances came in the first half when Cheltenham's defence had to work hard to keep them out.

Adam Murray had a glorious opening in the 12th minute, but failed to get a touch as he ran into the box unmarked.

Soon after Craig Hinton should have done better when he stole in and headed a Murray free-kick over the top.

Keates tried his luck from 25 yards and visiting keeper Shane Higgs was grateful to grab the ball at the second attempt.

Then Michael Duff saved the visitors with a fine block as Dean Bennett let fly with a power drive.

Paul Brayson was Cheltenham's best striker in the opening half, in the 11th minute he hooked a volley just too high and then brought a fine save from Stuart Brock with a smart shot on the turn on the stroke of half-time.

Kidderminster enjoyed the lion's share of play in the second half, but only seriously tested Higgs on one occasion, substitute Jesper Christiansen firing in low from 18 yards.