Gulf too wide for Harriers

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SINCE the third round of the FA Cup on 8 January, giant- killing feats and Tory scandals have been running neck-and- neck in the Daily Shock stakes. But yesterday football ran out of surprises as what was left of the Premiership representation reasserted their supremacy.

No non-League club had reached the last eight since 1914 and Kidderminster Harriers of the GM Vauxhall Conference, in the fifth round for the first time, never looked like breaking with tradition. West Ham dominated at Aggborough and the striker Lee Chapman scored with a far-post header.

'In the end the gulf between us and the Premiership was just that little bit too much,' Graham Allner, the Kidderminster manager, said.

In front of their biggest crowd for 13 years, First Division Wolves hoped Cyrille Regis, an FA Cup winner with Coventry in 1987, and David Kelly would compensate for the loss of the striker Steve Bull against Ipswich. They obliged nine minutes from time when Regis set up Kelly's powerful shot.

John Wark, the 36-year-old survivor of Ipswich's 1978 Cup- winning side who gave Town the lead, was content with a draw. 'We were lucky,' Wark said. 'Our keeper (Craig Forrest) was outstanding.'

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