Harriers v Hereford

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  • Michael Gash free-kick fires Harriers ahead in the ninth minute
  • Danny Jackman finishes a superb move to fire Harriers 2-0 ahead in the 29th minute
  • Josh O'Keefe gets Herefors back in game with 49th minute effort
  • HARRIERS will be looking to end their three-match losing streak in the Skrill Premier when fierce local rivals Hereford visit Aggborough this afternoon (3pm ko)
  • Follow the Boxing Day action with The Shuttle's live match blog.

4:56pm

It is over! Harriers survive a tense five minutes of time added on to end their three-match losing run.

Kidderminster were great in the first half but second best after the break. It Hereford will fancy their chances in the return game on New Year's Day.

4:54pm

90+5 Callum Gittings makes a good challenge as Eddie Ohiambp drives down the left.

4:53pm

90+4 Free-kick Hereford on their left. Collins gets a head to it but Gash does the same.

4:52pm

90+3 Hereford come forward again but Harriees defend a long throw in.

4:51pm

90+2 Gash clears the ball up the pitch.

4:50pm

Lee Fowler heads away a corner.

4:50pm

Can Harriers hang on? Hereford are laying siege to their goal.

4:49pm

Five minutes of added time!

4:48pm

One minute of normal time left. Can Harriers hang onto a precious win?

4:45pm

86- Phew! O'Keefe gers the ball 15 yards out and fires it wide of left hand post.

4:41pm

82- Kyle Storer drives forward but instead of finding Dance on the right he tries to thread in Gash.

The striker dutifully chases the ball but fouls Hereford's kkeeper in the process and is booked as a result.

4:40pm

81- A wayward pass from Bulls keeper gives Harriers a throw in on halfway line.

4:36pm

78- Harriers are having to defend set pieces but they manage to keep out a corner.

4:35pm

At the moment, Harriers are backing off and allowing Hereford to get control the game.

4:33pm

4:33pm

73- Double change for Harriers as Jack Byrne is replaced by James Dance.

Joe Lolley looks as though he may have a knock is comes off for Lee Fowler.

4:31pm

4:31pm

4:31pm

It looks as though James Dance is about to come on for Kiddy. 

4:30pm

71- Dan Walker and Jon Brown replace Michael Rankine and Frankie Artus respectively for Bulls.

4:27pm

69- Hereford are monopolising the ball now. 

4:26pm

AMS is back on his feet and in action again. 

4:24pm

Luke Graham is lucky to escape with a yellow as he scythes in late on AMS. The striker is still lying on the pitch and needs treatment.

4:22pm

63- It is even stevens at the moment. Lolly leads a break but his pass is wayward and move breaks down.

4:20pm

The defender gingerly gets to his feet and walks off the pitch. He looks okay to continue.

4:18pm

60- Demetriou is caught by an elbow and needs the attention of physio Gavin Crowe.

4:11pm

50- Joe Lolley charges down the left and fires in a shot which Lloyd-Westpn saves.

4:10pm

Oh dear. Harriers cannot defend from set pieces. They fail to clear a corner and after Lewis makes several saves, Josh 'O'Keefe scrambles the ball home.

4:10pm

Oh dear. Harriers cannot defend from set pieces. They fail to clear a corner and after Lewis makes several saves, Josh 'O'Keefe scrambles the ball home.

4:08pm

Goal! O'Keefe! 

4:07pm

48- Save! Rankine hangs in the air and head goalwards but his effort hits keeper Danny Lewis. Good run and cross down the left from Evans.

4:05pm

47- Corner to Bulls.

Dunkely heads Artus' ball away.

4:04pm

We're off again! 

3:49pm

Byrne drives forward, swops passes with AMS, and rolls a shot from the edge of the area wide.

That was the last kick of a very satisfying first half for Harriers. A third goal early on will kill off their local rivals. 

3:47pm

Hereford have had a bit more time in Harriers' half but they have not troubled the home defence.

3:45pm

Two minutes added time.

3:44pm

43- It has gone a bit quiet here. Lolley and AMS have swapped wings.

3:41pm

40- Luke Graham makes a good leap to head ball away from AMS at the far post. 

3:39pm

38- So close! Gash plays a lovely pass to tee up Vaugahan, who races past Bush on the right. The defender plays in a lovely low ball but AMS fires just wide.

3:37pm

36- Gash tees up Lolley in the box but the young striker is held back. Lee Vaughan is then tripped but no penalty is given.

3:33pm

32- Free-kick to Bulls on left. Sharp misses the target from a bush ball. 

3:30pm

A brilliant team goal. Gash, Byrne and Gittings all produce lovely passes as Jackman bursts into the box and rams a left-footed effort into the back of the net.

3:28pm

Goal! Jackman! 

3:28pm

Goal! Jackman! 

3:27pm

26- More lovely play by Harriers which sees Lolley, Gittings and Jackman combine. Gittings fires a decent hit over the bar.

3:25pm

24- Save! Harriers are all over Herefors and Jackman flights in a ball which Lolley hits first time but Lloyd-Weston makes a brilliant first time stop.

3:24pm

24- Gittings has a shot which Sharp seems to block with his hand. But the referee ignores Harriers' plea for a penalty as it was more ball to hand.

3:23pm

20- Lovely pass by Gash sees AMS steam in. The striker hold up ball well and eventually it falls to Lolley, who curls it goalwards but it deflects wide.

3:21pm

20- Joe Lolley switches play to the left, Morgan-Smith passes to Storer, who sees his low 20-yard effort roll into the awaiting arms of the Bulls' keeper.

3:19pm

18- Steve Burr has a word with Lolley, clearly telling him to have a go at Bush.

3:17pm

17- Lolley wins a free kicks on left after being fouled by the clumsy Bush, who is playing out if position at RB.

The set piece is headed away.

3:16pm

15- Great control by Lolley in the box, who turns away from his marker but fires a shot at keeper Daniel Lloyd-Weston, who makes a  decent save.

3:15pm

13- Harriees have a claim for a penalty. Lee Vaugham sets the better of Chris Bush but goes down too easily in the box under pressure from the defender. The referee and linesman ignore it though.

3:13pm

11- Harriers have worked very hard to disrupted Hereford. Gash is putting in a good shift tackling back.

3:10pm

Great free-kick by Gash as he fires an effort around the wall into the   Right corner.

3:09pm

Goal! Gash! 

3:09pm

7- Jack Byrne drives forward and is tackled 20-yards out by Artus to earn a free-kick.

3:07pm

6- Michael Gash wins the ball and Lolley tries to break free but he is tackled by Rod McDonald.

3:06pm

6- Amari Morgan-Smith drives a low effort from edge of the box wide.

3:05pm

5- Apart from that booking, very little has happened. There is a lot of hustle and bustle but very little else.

3:04pm

Lee Vaughan is booked for a foul on Frankie Artus.

3:03pm

3- Joe Lolley tries to drive through and the ball goes loose but Luke Graham clears the danger.

3:00pm

It looks as though Mickey Demetriou is playing at centre back. That means Jackman is left-back, and Storer is in midfield.

2:55pm

The home supporters in North Stand are waving flags and are clearly up for the game. 

2:52pm

Both sets of fans have started to fill out the ground at the last minute and there is a good atmosphere ahead of this derby. Hereford seem to have brought 300 fans or so.

2:51pm

Harriers have slipped to seventh in the table after Nuneaton drew with Tamworth 1-1. Victory today would propel Kiddy back into top five.

2:48pm

Interesting in Harriers' midfield, as Jack Byrne replaces Lee Fowler. On the basis of performances, Byrne has not been the same player because of injuries and absences.

This is his big chance to prove himself and show he is capable of doing the business for Harriers once again.

2:44pm

The Bulls are unchanged from the side which defeated leaders Cambridge United 1-0 last week. 

Hereford have won two of the last three Skrill Prem games, which is in contrast to Harriers, who have lost the last three games.

2:37pm

Hereford: Lloyd-Weston, Collins, Bish, Graham, McDonald, O'Keefe, Lathrope, Artus, Rankine, Sharp, Evans.

Subs: Walker, Brown, Gwynne, Edwards.

Referee: Peter Barnes (Merseyside)

2:34pm

At a guess it looks as though Kyle Storer will drop into defence from midfield to fit into central defence.

Lee Fowler is on the bench as Callum Gittings returns to the line-up as does Amari Morgan-Smith.

2:32pm

Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Dunkley, Byrne, Gash, Jackman, Gittings, Lolley, Morgan-Smith.

Subs: Fowler, Malbon, Grimes, Dance, N Vaughan.

 

2:16pm

Josh Gowling will miss the game because of his one-match suspension after picking up five yellow cards.

That means a reshuffle at the back with Jamie Grimes a contender to replace him at the heart of central defence.

2:12pm

Right, it is still quiet at Aggborough at the moment.

1:00pm

Festive greetings to you all! After the excesses of Christmas Day, Harriers fans will be hoping to wash down all that turkey with a satisfying victory over their local rivals and three much-needed points.

I will be back about 2pm with all the build-up and team news ahead of the 3pm kick-off.

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