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Hereford v Harriers
11:44am Wednesday 26th December 2012 in Conference Premier
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- HARRIERS take on derby rivals Hereford at Edgar Street from 3pm today and to keep up with the action follow our live match blog
- Despite the rain, hard work by Hereford staff ensures game goes ahead
- Josh Gowling recovers from thigh injury to make derby clash
- Jamille Matt scores for Harriers in the sixth minute
- Score: 0-1
It is over! Harriers show some spirit and grit to make sure of a hard fought derby win. That is there seventh straight win and puts them in the play-offs. Well done Harriers!
94- Clancy chases a ball forward but surely it is full-time!
93- Gowling is booked for blocking a player off.
92- Third change for Harriers as Clancy replaces Shakes.
Harriers are really hanging on here as Hereford desperately push forward.
Four minutes of time added on for Harriers to survive!
89- Hereford hit Harriers on the break but a shot from the edge of the box is bravely blocked by a defender.
87- Second Reds change as Malbon is replaced by Ryan Rowe.
Lee Vaughan makes a good challenge to win the ball off Josh O'Keefe.
85- Harriers are offside after Vincent does really well to set Malbonbfree down the left.
84- A very tired Matt is replaced by Blissett. The attendance is 2902 (750).
83- Harriers concede a corner. Malbon intercepts Clucas' delivery at near post.
81-Watkins drives down the right and slots in a probing ball but Smikle steps over it and danger passes.
79- Matt gives the ball away and Evans drives to the edge of the box but he is dispossessed by Vaughan.
Gallinagh is replaced by Phil Marsh after just seven minutes of being on the pitch.
77- Gowling needs some treatment after being clattered. He gets up and trots off.
74- Gallinagh is has had some treatment and is limping off.
72- Dunkley is booked for a challenge on sub Andy Gallinagh, who was driving forward.
71- The rain has stopped again.
First changes for Bulls: O'Keefe for Perry and Gallinagh for defender Townsend., 69 mins.
66- Matt is teed up by Shakes but he runs over the ball and a shooting chance goes begging. Harriers though back on top.
65- Malbon sees a good chance to hit the target go to waste. Harriers were applying pressure and Gowling won the ball on the edge of the box. It fell to the unmarked hitman but he fires a first time effort over the bar!
64- Lee Vaughan is set racing to goal and his shot hits a defender for a corner. Kyle Storer's corner is missed by everyone.
62- Danny Lewis comes out to take a ball but drops the greasy globe under pressure. Harriers keeper takes it desperately at the second attempt.
61-Anthony Malbon races down the left and delivers a nice cross but Hereford clear.
60- Hereford are enjoying a decent spell of pressure but the rain is really coming down now.
57- Watkins races onto Smike's pass and fires in a blistering shot which hits the corner of the upright.
52- Break in play as Joe Heath receives treatment for hosts.
52- The rain has started to come down heavier again.
50-Harriers hit Bulls on the break but Shakes' cross from the right is high and wide.
49- Will Evans see his FK hit Harriers' wall.
48- Kyle Storer is booked for a late challenge on Clucas. Harry Pell is also booked after the players gather for a bout of handbags.
Second half is off!
That is the break! Harriers have looked composed and in control, although they have not created too many clear cut chances to score. Matt's early strike has allowed them to settle down and calmed any derby nerves.
Hereford have had more chances but Danny Lewis is looking in good form.
49-A nice spell of pressure by Harriers. The bright Malbon sees a shot from edge of the area go over the bar.
49-Kyle Perry tries a shot for Hereford mbutnhis low effort from 20 yards skids wide.
46-Four minutes of time added on.
45-Good closing down by Smikle nearly catches out Lewis as he takes a GK but he manages to get it away and avert any danger.
44-Harriers have FK on the right but nothing comes of it.
42-Lewis puts the ball behind as Dunkley directs a good Watkins cross towards his own goal.
41-Bittner now sports a bandage after several minutes if treatment.
Bittner is still receiving treatment so expect a fair bit of time added on here. He must have had a bang on the head. On a different note, Harriees boss Steve Burr is wearing a rather jaunty hat.
36- Harriers win another corner. Storer sends in a ball but the ref blows for a FK as Gowling challenges keeper Bittner. The shot stopper receives treatment in his area.
34- Harriers are neat on the ball and looking dangerous but Hereford have just edged the game in terms of chances. The Bulls look a threat in the air. Matt's goal remains the difference.
33-Harriers are neat in the build-up play but a Briggs shot hits Shakes in the mid-riff.
30- Harriers concede a FK 30 yards out but Watkins' delivery is Hugh and wide.
28-Kyle Store plays a cross field ball to Lee Vaughan on the right but it is not quite right and The right back handles it as a good chance for a break goes to waste.
25- Briggs tackles Smikle in the box with a form but clean tackle. Hereford are aapplying the pressure but the away side eventually clear the danger.
24- Malbon tries a shot from distance but it flies over the bar.
24-Hereford's big and little strike partnership of Perry and Smikle combine. The big man holds it up and Smikle fires in a weak shot which Lewis takes well.
23- A nice move ends with Briggs seeing a shot taken easily by keeper. Lovely play by Demetriou and Malbon in the build-up though.
22- Ricky Shakes blocks Clucas to concede a corner. He plays it short to Clucas but Harriers defend his clipped cross well.
Luton are beating Woking 1-0, so Harriers drop to fifth in the table.
19- Lee Vaughan drives forward and his shot seems to take a deflection off a home player but the referee blows for a GK to Bulls.
17- Two corners in a row for Harriers. The second is headed over by Chey Dunkley. Storer's pacy delivery hit him and he could not direct it on target.
As things stand, Harriers are up to fourth in the table.
15- Harriers fans chant 'Steve Burr give us a wave'. They are understandably very happy at the moment.
Keith Briggs heads the first corner behind, from the second, which is another excellent delivery, Harriers eventually clear after some heads tennis.
10- Keith Briggs concedes a FK 20-yards out. The ball is played short to Will Evans but his shot deflects off Anthony Malbon for a Hereford corner.
10- Danny Lewis tips over Smikle's shot after Watkins and Clucas create the opening.
7 - Hereford try to reply and Matt Clucas fires. Volley into the ground and wide.
Herefordf failed to deal with a Storer Corner and Matt manages to squeeze a shot past the keeper at the near post.
Goal to Harriers! Matt scores! Harriers 1-0 up on sixth minute.
5 - Matt is tackled by Sam for a Harriers FK. Demetriou's ball is not cleared and after the ball is put in again, Sam heads over for a corner.
3 - Hereford win a corner off Dunkley. Watkins swings in a good delivery but Luke Graham heads it wide.
2- Will Evans has the first shot of the game from 20-yards which sails over the bar.
This is the first time these fierce derby rivals have met in the league in six seasons. Harriers won the last encounter 1-0 thanks to Michael Blackwood's strike.
Harriers have brought a sizeable travelling army and they are in great voice ahead of the kick-off.
Harriers have won the last six games while in contrast, The Bulls have struggled form and been inconsistent.
The rain has calmed down and as the players warm-up the ball is moving okay, so we're all set for a tasty derby.
Hereford hand a start to ex-Harriers winger Brian Smikle, who is making his first start since the FA Cup game against Cheltenham.
Hereford: Bittner, Heath, Pell, Townsend, Graham, Watkins, Stam, Evans, Clucas, Smikle, Perry.
Subs: Gallinagh, Marsh, McQuilkin, Hackney, O'Keefe.
Referee: Brett Huxtable.
Harriers receive an injury boost ahead of the game as Josh Gowling has been passed fit after picking up a thigh knock on Saturday.
That means there are no changed from the side which defeated Dartford 5-1.
Harriers: Lewis, Vaughan, Demetriou, Demetriou, Storer, Vincent, Malbon, Shakes, Matt, Briggs, Dunkley, Gowling.
Subs: Williams, Rowe, Blissett, Vaughan, Clancy.
The rain has eased off, so it does seem all systems go for kick-off. Let's hope so, because this has the makings of an exciting game.
Well folks, it is really raining but there has been no word on the game being off. The pitch has drained pretty well and there is no standing water on the surface but is still hammering it down!
Good afternoon folks. Harriers tackle their fierce derby rivals for the first time in six seasons today. We will have team news before the kick-off.
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