Harriers v Newport FA Cup second round

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  • Harriers 4
  • Newport 2
  • Michael Gash fires Harriers ahead in 19th minute
  • Callum Gittings adds a second for home team in the 28th minute
  • Gittings bags a second in the 44th minute
  • Gash bags his second goal as Harriers go 4-0 up in 63rd minute
  • Robbie Willmott pulls one back for Newport in the 79th minute
  • Willmott bags another in the 83rd minute for away side
  • HARRIERS entertain Newport for a place in the third round of the FA Cup at Aggborough this afternoon (3pm ko)
  • Follow the action with The Shuttle's live match updates.

4:57pm

Steve Burr punches the air and acknowledged the fans.It is a special  win for Harriers. Third round here they come! 

4:55pm

That is it! Harriers are through to the third round! It was a superb effort by Steve Burr's boys! 

The draw is at 4pm tomorrow on ITV. Will they get a Premier League big boy? 

4:54pm

90+4 Flynn sees a volley go over the bar. It was a speculative effort.

4:52pm

90+2 Lee Vaughan strides through but his first time attempt flies wide.

4:50pm

Four minutes of added time.

4:50pm

Booking for Storer.

4:43pm

83- Willmott nets with a far post header from Sandell's cross. Could we have a remarkable fight back?

4:42pm

82- Jack Byrne sees a low shot saved by Pidgeley.

4:40pm

79- Newport finally pull a goal back when Robbie Willmott finally scores after Harriers cannot clear. 

4:35pm

74- Another free kick to Harriers but this time Storer's effort takes a wicked deflection and flies behind.

4:33pm

Another change for Harriers as Jack Byrne replaces Gittings who gets a deserved round of applause from the appreciative home fans.

4:31pm

First change for Harriers in the 70th minute as Marvin Johnskn replaces AMS, who has put in a muscular and influential shift on.

4:29pm

If Harriers win this folks, it will be first time they has beaten a Football League side since Preston 20 years ago.

4:28pm

Changes for shell-shocked County. Andy Sandell replaces Crow in the 64th and two minutes later, Michael Flynn comes on for Oshilaja.

4:23pm

62- Free kick to Harriers 25- yards out. 

Goal! The ball is played to Gash, who hammers a low driver under the jumping wall and into the bottom corner!

4:22pm

Over an hour played and Harriers are looking good. Newport are still plugging away without any luck.

4:19pm

So close! AMS picks up a stray pass and sweeps ball to Lolley on right. The winger cuts in menacingly but fires wide.

4:16pm

55- Corner to Newport, Worley sees a header blocked.

Harriers go on the counter but Lolley fires wide.

4:14pm

The attendance is a disappointing 2636, with 537 away fans.

4:14pm

Newport are certainly trying to make up for their disastrous first half with a fair bit off pressure.

4:10pm

50- Close! Robbie Willmott sees a thundering 25-yard effort effort crash off the bar.

4:07pm

Newport win a corner when Gowling blocks Washington's shot. The resulting set piece sees a header fly over the bar.

4:06pm

Newport bring on dangerous winger Christian Jolley for Minshull.

3:52pm

That is the break and Harriers seem to have one foot in the third round of the FA Cup. They have been simply superb so far and Newport are stunned.

A word of caution though, games between these two sides are often dramatic and unpredictable. You would think Kidderminster could not blow a 3-0 lead, and I would back them to progress, but County will come strong in the second half. 

Saying that, Harriees have saved their best performance of the season for their biggest game. 

3:48pm

What a save! Lolley curls in a superb effort from the right but somehow keeper pushes it away.

3:47pm

Superb break away goal by Harriers. The home side survive a Newport attack and Lolley dissects the visiting defence with a brilliant pass. Gittings runs from the centre circle p, takes the all in his stride, and slots the ball past Pidgeley.

3:45pm

43- goal! Gittings! 

3:43pm

40- AMS tries to power past Jackson but the defender does well to get back and win the ball back.

3:42pm

So far, so good. Harriers have looked composed and in control. Every one is playing well but Lee Fowler is doing a good job orchestrating Harriers in midfield.

3:40pm

38- Frustration all round as AMS seems to get the better of  Oshilaja but the whistle blows for a foul.

3:38pm

35- It has not gone well for Newport so far. Tom Naylor puts a ball behind for a GK.

3:35pm

Yellow card for Adededui Oshilaja for a foul on AMS.

3:33pm

Newport win a free-kick in a dangerous position and Robbie Willmott curls a lovely effort just wide of the left post.

3:32pm

What a brilliant start by Kidderminster. That goal was down to the tenaciousness of Lolley, who never gave up and kept winning the ball. The striker curls in a lovely effort which Pidgeley did brilliantly to beat away but it falls to Gittings who drives home an effort which with the help of a deflection flies into the back of the net. 

3:30pm

Goal! Gittings! 

3:29pm

27- Another miss by Newport player. This time Lee Minshull heads a goal-kick to Danny Crow. The striker strides to the edge of the box but fires over!

3:27pm

24- Keeper Lenny Pidgeley prevents a second Harriers goal. Good play by Fowler and AMS allow Gittings to get into the box but his low shot is smothered by County's keeper.

3:26pm

Newport continue to make more chances than the home side but miss them. That headed effort should have at least been on target.

3:25pm

What a miss! Adam Chapman heads over from a cross from the left.

3:22pm

Lovely goal! Storer finds Gash on the edge of the box, who fools two defenders with a nice touch and then curls a lovely effort with the outside of right foot into the back of net. 

3:21pm

Goal! Gash!

3:20pm

18- Another chance for Newport! Jackson does well down the right wing and delivers a low ball but Tom Naylor fires it wide of near post.

3:19pm

16- First attempt on target for Harriers with some nice build up play. Gittings plays AMS down the left and crosses. Lolley's header is at keeper though.

3:17pm

14- Lee Vaughan nips the ball off Gowling when the defender had the situation under control. He then runs at his own goal under pressure from Crow but lucidly nothing comes from the situation.

3:16pm

13- Danny Lewis takes a regulation back header from Crow.retry quiet at the moment.

3:15pm

So far it was been cagey. Both teams have attacked but are clearly wary offline forward top early and being caught out. 

3:14pm

11- Lee Fowler wins the ball and sets Gittings driving forward across the half way line. He passes to Gash, who tries to beat several defenders and loses put on edge of box. 

3:12pm

10- Joe Lolley does well to break down the right and deliver a cross but with Gash going in for it, Harry Worley heads it away.

3:10pm

8- Gash gets a telling off for a foul on Ryan Jackson.

3:09pm

6- Jackman releases AMS down the left. The striker gers into the box but goes for goal and sees his effort blocked by Andrew Hughes.

3:07pm

4- Chey Dunkley is caught out by a bounce and allows Connor Washington, who then gets the better of two defenders and fires in a hot which looks destined for the back of the net but rolls just wide. What a let off! 

3:06pm

3- First effort falls to County's Danny Crow, who chests ball down in box and tries an overhead kick, which loops onto top of netting.

3:05pm

The crowd is probably not quite as big as Harriees anticipated. Newport have brought a big following and I imagine it would be over 3,000.

3:03pm

First observation: the FA Cup ball is pink

3:02pm

We're off! 

3:00pm

A great reaction as the ground gives former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela a minute's applause. 

3:00pm

A great reaction as the ground gives former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela a minute's applause. 

2:51pm

Can Skrill Premier Kidderminster beat League Two high flyers Newport and book their place in the FA Cup third round? Stay right here to find out! 

2:49pm

Aggborough is starting to fill up nicely and already there is an air of expectation around it.

It's no surprise as the last few encounters between Harriers and Newport have been pure box office.

Kidderminster have beaten County four times in a row but the Welsh side have always pushed them very close.

2:46pm

County boss Justin Edinburgh, who turned down the chance to talk to Portsmouth about the chance to manage them, makes one change from the side which defeated Chesterfield 3-2.

Lee Minshull replaces Christian Jolley.

Newport are doing well in League Two and are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions.

2:37pm

So, Harriers make a host of changes from the side which lost to Bradford PA in the FA Trophy.

Kyle Storer, Lee Fowler, Danny Jackman, Josh Gowling and Amari Morgan-Smith all return to the fray.

 

2:30pm

Newport: Pidgeley, Hughes, Chapman, Minshull, Crow, Willmott, Washington, Jackson, Naylor, Oshilaja, Worley.

Subs: Stephens, Pipe, Sandell, Jones, Flynn, Jolley, Barker.

Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

2:28pm

Harriers: Lewis, Vaughan, Storer, Dunkley, Fowler, Gash, Jackman, Gittings, Lolley, Morgan-Smith, Gowling. 

Subs: Demetriou, Byrne, Malbon, Johnson, Blissett, Dance, N Vaughan.

2:02pm

I have arrived at Aggborough! Judging by all the jam packed car 

parks around the town centre, the ground is going to be heaving at 3pm.

12:40pm

Good afternoon Harriers fans! I will be back from 2pm with team news and more build-up to day's big game. 

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