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Posted Wed 26 Dec 12 at 16:45 PM

REPORT: HEREFORD 0-1 HARRIERS

Jamille Matt’s sixth-minute goal was enough to hand Harriers a seventh straight Blue Square Bet Premier win in the keenly-contested Boxing Day derby against rivals Hereford United.

 It was Hereford with the first chance of the afternoon with just a couple of minutes on the clock as Will Evans drove over the bar from distance as the Bulls moved forward with purpose. 

The first goal of the day wouldn’t be too far in coming but this would arrive up at the other end as Harriers forced their first corner; taken by Storer and put into the path of Jamille Matt who, in the process of being pulled to the ground, forced it into the back of the net for his seventh of the campaign.

That came on six minutes and a mere four later the scores were almost level as United looked to respond quickly; a fine attacking  move seeing former Harrier Brian Smikle played in, his rising shot tipped over the bar well by goalkeeper Danny Lewis.

Anthony Malbon and Lee Vaughan had attempts for Harriers as the half wore on but despite the early goal it was in fairness Martin Foyle’s men who played the better of the early stages, Malbon later trying his luck after 23 minutes as he made a neat run into the box and curled one over.

There was a lengthy delay near the end of the half as Bulls ‘keeper James Bittner received treatment and immediately after things got back underway Hereford almost netted as Marley Watkins drilled in a cross that was deflected off Chey Dunkley and only kept out of the net for an own goal but an outstanding stop by Lewis.

In the prolonged spell of added time as a result of the stoppage, Malbon dipped another effort just off target as the half ended with things relatively even.

The second period was greeted by an almighty downpour to add to an already sodden pitch but it took eleven minutes of the half for the first attempt as Smikle set up fellow Bulls winger Watkins to strode forward before curling a great effort off the angle of bar and post.

There was a scare apiece for goalkeepers after the hour mark as Malbon’s cross almost caught out Bittner at one end before Smikle’s shot was spilled by Lewis up at the other. A few minutes later a crazy spell inside the Bulls area almost resulted in a second but Malbon’s shot was angled over.

The heavy shower eventually stopped and what had developed into a hugely scrappy affair never really threatened to yield a wealth of further goals as both sides defended well. The first change for Harriers came as late as the 83rd minute as Nathan Blissett replaced Jamille Matt.

Inside the final three minutes Harriers were almost caught cold as they lost the ball on the Hereford by-line – the Bulls charging forward with gusto and the shot eventually coming in from Smikle, denied by a fine defensive block.

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