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Full-time: Kidderminster Harriers 2 Hereford United 1
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Hereford: 4-4-2: Lloyd-Weston; Collins, McDonald, Graham, Bush; Evans , Lathrope, O’Keefe, Artus (Brown 71); Rankine (Walker 71), Sharp. Subs not used: Edwards, Gwynne, Odhiambo.
Kidderminster: 4-4-2: Lewis; L Vaughan, Dunkley, Storer, Demertiou; Byrne (Fowler 73), Gittings, Jackman; Morgan-Smith, Gash, Lolley (Dance 73). Subs: Malbon, Grimes, N Vaughan.
Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside).
Attendance: 3,420 (including 831 from Hereford).
Goals: Gash, 9 min, 1-0; Jackman, 29 min, 2-0; O’Keefe, 49 min, 2-1.
Yellow-cards: Hereford – Graham, foul, 66 min; Kidderminster – Vaughan, 4 min, foul; Gash, foul, 82 min;
Into injury time and Hereford win a corner but the ball is cleared.
O’Keefe then misses a great chance to level it after a fine run by Bush.
Brown blasts wide from a good chance as United push Harriers back.
But the Bulls are looking threatening and only a fine Lewis save denies Bush.
Hereford win a couple of corners on the right but the ball is cleared.
Hereford win a corner on 72 minutes, just after making two substitutions.
But Graham’s foul concedes a free-kick.
Harriers win a corner on 57 minutes. Storer takes the kick and has the ball returned to him to shoot wide.
Kidderminster storm back and Lloyd-Weston dives to save a Lolley shot.
Then Sharp goes racing down the right and his cross is headed by Evans with lewis pulling off a fine block.
From the corner, there is a big scramble which ends with O’Keefe prodding the ball home.
Hereford win their first corner 90 seconds into the second half.
Artus swings in the corner, the ball is cleared but then returned for Rankine to shoot high and wide.
At the other end, Byrne prods wide in the last action of the half.
Rankine then heads a Bush cross wide as the half moves into stoppage time.
Hereford rally briefly with O’Keefe failing to control a fine Artus pass in the area before Artus then blast over from long range.
Then only Graham’s excellent headed clearance prevents Morgan-Smith from heading in a Vaughan cross.
With Hereford being more or less over-run every time Kidderminster attack, Morgan-Smith shoots over from a good chance.
Hereford finally muster a shot on 33 minutes but Sharp’s effort was not worth waiting for.
Not unexpectedly, Kidderminster extend their lead on 29 minutes.
A speedy break down the left ends with Jackman blasting past the helpless Lloyd-Weston.
Gittings tries his luck on 27 minutes but the shot goes high over.
Lloyd-Weston then pulls off a blinding save to deny Jackman as Harriers go all out for a second goal.
Lloyd-Weston easily fields a long-range effort from Storer after a brief spell of Hereford pressure.
With Kidderminster continuing to look dangerous, Johnson draws a fine stop from Lloyd-Weston after tricking his way past McDonald.
Hereford are lucky to escape conceding a penalty five minutes later whan Bush barges Vaughan over in the area.
Artus concedes a free-kick on the edge of the area and it brings the first goal.
Gash avoids the Hereford wall and drives the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.,
Morgan-Smith drills a shot wide of Lloyd-Weston’s right-hand post from a promising position.
The first action of note, after a very scrappy start, is a booking for Vaughan for a late foul on Artus.
HEREFORD are able to name an unchanged team for the visit to their nearest rivals.
After the win over leaders Cambridge last Saturday, the Bulls will be hoping to repeat last season’s success at Aggbrorough.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Lloyd-Weston; Collins, McDonald, Graham, Bush; Evans, Lathrope, O’Keefe, Artus; Rankine, Sharp. Subs not used: Edwards, Gwynne, Walker, Odhiambo, Brown.
Kidderminster: 4-4-2: Lewis; L Vaughan, Dunkley, Storer, Demertiou; Byrne, Gittings, Jackman; Morgan-Smith, Gash, Lolley. Subs: Fowler, Malbon, Grimes, Dance, N Vaughan.
Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside).
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