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Match Day
Saturday, 6 October, 15:00PM - War Memorial Ground
Att. 1527
3
Stourbridge

Anderson 61, 71; Forde 78 (Pen)


2
Kidderminster Harriers

Williams 12; Ironside 53 (Pen)

Key Moments

HARRIERS were rocked by a second half comeback that saw them knocked out of the FA Cup, going down 3-2 at Stourbridge having been 2-0 up.

The Reds were in firm control thanks to goal from Ed Williams and Joe Ironside, but an horrendous last half an hour saw the hosts complete the dream turnaround; Kiaman Anderson grabbing a brace before Aaron Forde's penalty sealed it.



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HARRIERS were rocked by a second half comeback that saw them knocked out of the FA Cup, going down 3-2 at Stourbridge having been 2-0 up.

The Reds were in firm control thanks to goal from Ed Williams and Joe Ironside, but an horrendous last half an hour saw the hosts complete the dream turnaround; Kiaman Anderson grabbing a brace before Aaron Forde's penalty sealed it.

It was a lively enough beginning to the game with both sides getting efforts off through Thompson-Brown and Chambers within the first few minutes.

The former saw a free-kick saved by Hall before, on 12 minutes, Williams was on hand to finish as Chambers turned a cross back in his direction and the team's top scorer nabbed himself another goal.

Harriers kept edging forward and Bradley twice went close before the half-hour, Weeks then going within inches of a second for his team, only to drive a low shot just past the post.

A dominant half should have produced a second goal for Harriers but, after Wren miss-kicked into the path of Ironside, the striker could only turn his shot on the spin off target by a matter of inches.

Eight after the restart Harriers were two to the good after Chambers was fouled by Hayden; Ironside stepping up to send Wren the wrong way and find the net.

Weeks lifted a free-kick over on 66 and, after that, it was virtually one-way traffic in Stourbridge's favour; an hour played when Benbow beat Johnson to the ball before squaring to Anderston to tap home.

Benbow then forced a fine save from Hall before, on 71 minutes, Anderson nabbed his second after a long-range drive squirmed free of the grip of Hall and the ball ran loose.

Harriers just seemed to have no response to the home side's resurgence and, on 77, it was 3-2 - Johnson adjudged to have handled before Aaron Forde tucked home the penalty.

The visitors managed nothing by way of a response to Glassboys' goals and, after seeing out four minutes of added time, the home fans and their players were able to celebrate the win.

Stourbridge

3
Goals
8
Shots at goal
4
Shots on target
0
Corners
1
Offside
3
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Kidderminster Harriers

2
Goals
11
Shots at goal
4
Shots on target
3
Corners
2
Offside
1
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Stourbridge

1
James Wren
2
Aaron Hayden
3
Jordaan Brown
4
Paul McCone (C)
5
Darryl Westlake
6
Aaron Forde
7
Callum Powell
Benbow 56
8
Leon Broadhurst
9
Kaiman Anderson
10
Robbie Thompson-Brown
11
Brad Birch
Christophorou 56

Substitutes

12
Luke Benbow
Powell 56
13
Niall Maher
14
Greg Mills
15
Aris Chtistopherou
Birch 56
16
Stuart Pierpoint
17
Chekaine Steele
18
Jake Maher

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Brandon Hall
2
Lee Vaughan
3
Sam Austin
4
Jimmy O'Connor
5
Kennedy Digie
Richards 78
6
Ryan Johnson
7
Declan Weeks
8
Billy Daniels
9
Dan Bradley
Ironside 42
10
Ashley Chambers
11
Ed Williams

Substitutes

12
Kane Richards
Digie 78
14
Joe Ironside
Bradley 42
15
James Baxendale
16
Jaiden White
17
Joel Taylor
18
Tom Palmer
19
Myles Brooks

HARRIERS look to make progress through to the final Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday when they head to Stourbridge.

Neil MacFarlane’s charges laid down a marker for their intentions in this season’s competition when they rocketed in five goals without replay to beat Atherstone Town in the Third Qualifying Round.

Their reward for that factory was an away draw at Stourbridge – triggering something of a Groundhog Day feeling for Harriers fans. That the same fate that awaited the Reds in the Fourth Qualifying Round of this competition three years ago, not to mention an FA Trophy draw at the very same venue just six weeks later.

Neither afternoon went well for the side then managed by Dave Hockaday, with a 3-0 thumping in the Cup swiftly followed by another elimination in the Trophy.

Fast forward three years, though, and Harriers are at least in much better form. While having dropped into National League North, the men from Aggborough have started the league season in much finer condition.

The Glassboys, perennially fantastic FA Cup performers, are also in decent knock. Garry Hackett’s charges dispatched one of Harriers’ National League North rivals in the previous round after seeing off Leamington 3-2.

Their league form is hardly shabby, either; they’ve lost just once this term and even that was a 6-4 thriller against Coalville Town. Recent league wins include triumphs against Alvechurch and King’s Lynn.

"...we’ll go there and make sure we’re not complacent." Ed Williams

So, both sides have cause for optimism ahead of the meeting at the War Memorial Ground – with Ed Williams telling our YouTube channel that there will be no signs of complacency with the Aggborough dressing room, particularly with previous meetings against Stourbridge in mind.

“We are all looking forward to it,” he said.

“In the past we’ve heard that it’s not a great history [for the team] but we are looking to go there and – it’s going to be a tough challenge – hopefully we can get through to the next round.

“We’ve heard all about the past results, but we’ll go there and make sure we’re not complacent… you see all the time in football that when a team underestimates another, there can be another.

“So, we’re going to go there with the right attitude like we did a couple of weeks ago against Atherstone.”

Harriers will head to Stourbridge with defender Joel Taylor closer to contention.

The defender has missed the last couple of games as he recovered from minor facial surgery but has resumed some training with the group this week. Billy Daniels (ankle) shook off a knock to return to the team against Altrincham last weekend and is now back to full fitness.

Kick-off at Stourbridge is at 3:00pm

WATCH: Ed Williams’ full pre-match video interview, courtesy of our YouTube channel, by clicking the video tab above.

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