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Match Day
Tuesday, 1 January, 15:00PM - Aggborough Stadium
Att. 2,745 (911)
2
Kidderminster Harriers

Richards 20; Weeks 46


1
Hereford

Roberts 19

Key Moments

The hosts put in arguably their most dominant and controlled showing for many, many weeks. They went behind against the run of play to a close-range James Roberts goal at an indirect free-kick, but were level 19 seconds after the kick-off as Kane Richards Struck.

Harriers then went down to ten men following the dismissal of Ryan Johnson, but went ahead in spectacular style as Declan Weeks fired home. Harriers then dominated the second half before digging in to see the tie out for the final quarter-hour.



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[caption id="attachment_6324" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Kane Richards equalises against Hereford in January 2019. (C) Ade Hoskins[/caption]

HARRIERS got 2019 off to the perfect start with a New Year's Day victory over Hereford.

The hosts put in arguably their most dominant and controlled showing for many, many weeks. They went behind against the run of play to a close-range James Roberts goal at an indirect free-kick, but were level 19 seconds after the kick-off as Kane Richards Struck.

Harriers then went down to ten men following the dismissal of Ryan Johnson, but went ahead in spectacular style as Declan Weeks fired home. Harriers then dominated the second half before digging in to see the tie out for the final quarter-hour.

Harriers had got off to an encouraging start, with Hereford needing to defend well against the likes of Waring and Weeks.

It was Hereford who struck first, though, with 19 minutes on the clock. After the referee had adjudged Lee Vaughan's nudge to Brandon Hall as a back-pass, Roberts did brilliantly at close range to slam the ball into the top corner.

The response was immediate, though, as great skill from Waring played in Chambers - his cross met at the far post as Richards applied the telling touch under the attentions of a defender.

The goal really fired Harriers up, and six minutes later they strode forward with the first of a raft of chances - Chambers twice denied at a free-kick, Weeks firing over, Richards hitting wide and Horsfall seeing his half-volley kept out by a good block.

Past the half-hour, O'Connor and Austin both went close before the sending off - Johnson coming together with Owen-Evans, but recklessly so in the view of the referee who flashed a straight red.

Harriers eased concerns they'd struggle with then men in real style; barely a minute had elapsed after the first goal when Weeks, from 20 yards, struck superbly and first time into the top corner.

The goal moved the home side into the ascendancy and they remained their virtually until the end of the game with some superb football.

Past the hour, Weeks found Vaughan who chested the ball before forcing Yates into a smart parry, Horsfall's shot blocked on the follow-up.

Hereford had opportunities to draw level but never really troubled Brandon Hall. Gowling struck over at a corner and Cullaine-Liburd headed wide with another good opening before, on 76, Roberts shot off target when in a good position.

Greenslade had the game's final attempt with five minutes to go but his arrowed effort was again wayward as Harriers saw off the danger.

Kidderminster Harriers

2
Goals
15
Shots at goal
11
Shots on target
3
Corners
0
Offside
1
Yellow cards
1
Red cards

Hereford

1
Goals
6
Shots at goal
1
Shots on target
2
Corners
1
Offside
1
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Brandon Hall
2
Lee Vaughan
3
Sam Austin
4
Jimmy O'Connor (C)
5
Fraser Horsfall
6
Ryan Johnson
7
Declan Weeks
8
Russ Penn
9
George Waring
10
Ashley Chambers
Phillips 87
11
Kane Richards

Substitutes

12
Joel Taylor
14
Milan Butterfield
15
James Baxendale
16
Aaron Phillips
Chambers 87
17
Jaiden White

Hereford

1
Matt Yates
2
Keiran Thomas
3
Danny Greenslade
4
Calvin Dinsley
Richards 57
5
Jordan Cullinane-Liburd (C)
6
Josh Gowling
7
George Lloyd
Wharton 71
8
Tom Owen-Evans
9
Kyle Finn
O' Sullivan 57
10
James Roberts
11
Mike Symons

Substitutes

12
Harvey Smith
14
Eliot Richards
Dinsley 57
15
Tommy O'Sullivan
Finn 57
16
Theo Wharton
Lloyd 71
20
Martin Horsell

Striker Kane Richards in action against Hereford on Boxing Day

Harriers striker Kane Richards is looking to turn around Harriers’ form as Hereford come to Aggborough.

On Boxing Day, Harriers faced the bulls at Edgar Street, with the home side winning 1-0 thanks to a late penalty.

With festive fixtures coming thick and fast, Harriers travelled to Stockport County on Saturday, but were beaten 1-0 due to, similarly to Boxing Day, a late goal.

However, Richards is keen to ensure that Harriers return to winning ways on New Year’s Day.

“We haven’t had the best run of games recently but we are trying hard,” admitted Richards.

“We felt hard done by with the result on Boxing Day, but we will be on it on New Years Day and will be looking to get the three points.

"...Having that little bit of composure will come with confidence..." Kane Richards

“That’s just our luck at the moment, but we’ve got games coming thick and fast so we’ve just got to dust ourselves down and go again.

“You can’t dwell on the ifs and buts - [against Stockport] we had chances but unfortunately late on in the game, it’s come off one of their boys, then one of ours, and it’s gone in the top corner.

“We’ve got to keep grafting on the training pitch and hopefully the result will come”.

Despite the recent results, Richards said that the performance levels have still been high, and Richards is hopeful that these performances will reward points in upcoming games.

“The performance haven’t been as bad as the results have been suggesting,” said Richards.

“We are conceding such a small amount of chances and I think that’s the most frustrating thing for us at the moment.

“We are controlling most games, so right now, it’s just the final shot or pass that we need to execute.

“The boys know how much we need to be winning games, so we may be snatching at chances and trying to do something that you wouldn’t normally do instead of just executing it how you should, really.

“Having that little bit of composure will come with confidence, so I think that in the next couple of games, if we get one goal, confidence will set in.

“In this league, with three or four wins you can be right back up there”.

Having worked his way into the starting lineup this in recent weeks, Richards praised the hard work that goes on during training throughout the week.

“I’ve been working hard and the Gaffer pushes us all every day, and luckily I’ve got my chance to start,” said Richards.

“I’m trying to notch up a few more goals - I think I probably could have performed better in the last couple of games but it’s tough for all of the boys”.

Harriers will be without Billy Daniels after his knee injury sustained on Boxing Day.

It's hoped Ed Williams and James Baxendale will be able to recover from a mix of injury and illness to feature at Aggborough.

Joel Taylor may be involved after being recalled from his loan spell at Halesowen Town.

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