LiveHarriers v Cheltenham

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Summary

  • Harriers 3
  • Cheltenham 0
  • Nathan Blissett fires Harriers ahead in the sixth minute
  • Jack Byrne doubles home side's lead in the 37th minute
  • Craig Reid sweeps home third in the 41st
  • FOLLOW the action as Harriers end their pre-season programme with a friendly clash against Cheltenham Town on Saturday (3pm ko) with The Shuttle's live updates.

4:53pm

That is it! It has been a great way for Harriers to wrap up a testing pre-season programme. Kidderminster were very good in the first half, looked very sharp against a Robins side which appeared off the pace.

But there were a host of postives including Blissett's form, Obeng's  eye-catching contributions and the back four looking very solid.

Hopefully this performance augurs well for the 2014-15 Vanaram Conference Premier. We will see at Lincoln City next week!

4:49pm

We are into time added on, the second half has been a non-event compared to a lively first.

4:45pm

Another Chelt change as Bobby Dale replaces Gornell in the 87th minute.

4:42pm

More changes for both sides. Jas Singh is on for Lewis in Kiddy's goal and for the away team, Jack Deaman replaces Steve Elliott.

4:39pm

Callum Gittings is replaced by Jamie Grimes in the 80th minute.

4:36pm

77- Jake Green replaces Kyle Storer. Callum Gittings will now play in central midfield with Green on the right.

4:34pm

75- It has been a quiet second half but Callum Gittings sees a well hit effort fly just side. The referee signals for a corner. Kyle Storer's effort is cleared.

4:27pm

66- Danny Lewis saves from Terry Gornell.

4:27pm

66- Reece Styche and Michael Gash on for Nathan Blissett and Craig. Reid.

4:26pm

The away side make three changes. Andy Howarth replaces Sterling-James, Joe Hanks is on for Asa Hall and Koby Arthur is on for Richards.

4:22pm

63- Chance for Cheltenham. Troy Brown gets underneath a cross from Gornell and header over.

4:20pm

60- Jack Byrne blocks a shot from Asa Hall and Omari Sterling-James hammers an effort over the bar.

4:14pm

55 Reece Hales replaces Ahmed Obeng.

4:08pm

Change at half-time for away side. Craig Braham-Barrett replaces Paul Black.

4:03pm

We are off again! 

3:50pm

That is the break. Harriers have been very good and Cheltenham not great. Fans have been worried about Kiddy's lack of creativity but they have carved open a Robins defence which has been leaky to say the least.

3:48pm

Chance! Nicholson tests Carson with a well hit free-kick.

3:47pm

Two goals in three minutes puts Kiddy firmly in charge. 

First, Obeng accepted Blissett's knock down in the 37th minute and finds Byrne, who side foots home.

Lee Vaughan then fouls Obeng on the right Wong the concedes a free-kick. It was a needless challenge which Harriers punished well. Nicholson sends in a low free-kick which Reid sweeps home to make it 3-0.

3:42pm

Goal! Reid! Harriers 3-0 up! 

3:40pm

Goal! Byrne! 

3:39pm

37- Cheltenham forward Terry Gornell has a shot from distance but it's wide!

3:35pm

33- Cheltenham are on top now and Matt Richards delivers a great cross to the right post but Chey Dunkley just gets a head to it before Asa Hall can make contact.

3:30pm

29- Cheltenham finally have a shot when Steve Taylor fires in a low 25-yard effort which Lewis scrambles to reach but in the end saves well.

3:25pm

23- Mark Yates has a word with his players from the technical area, he's not very happy with his team's performance.

3:19pm

Disallowed goal!Blissett rises to meet a ball from deep and heads it into the back of the net but whistle blows for offside.

3:17pm

16- Save! Blissett spins onto a loose ball 25-yards out and hammers in a dipping shot which Carson tips over the bar.

3:15pm

12- Corner to Harriers, who continue to be on top. Reid's delivery reaches the box but is headed away.

3:13pm

Good goal by big Nathan Blissett. The power house hitman bull dozes his way through a crowd and fires in a shot which takes a deflection and beats keeper Trevor Carson.

3:07pm

6- Goal! Blissett!

3:06pm

4- Free-kick to Harriers. Josh Gowling stretches and forces a corner. 

Reid's corner is headed away.

3:02pm

27 seconds into the game and Craig Reid gets into the box and fires in a shot but Trevor Carson punches away.

3:01pm

We are off! 

2:49pm

Lee Vaughan starts for Cheltenham. The powerful right back has already proving to be a big hit for the Robins in pre-season. A popular figure for Kidderminster over four years, he could not resist the chance to play in the SkyBet League Two.

Also returning to Aggborough is Town boss Mark Yates, who guided Kiddy to the FA Vase final in the 2006-07 season. 

2:36pm

Kevin Nicholson starts again for Harriers. The former Torquay man is still looking for a new club and this is his second consecutive start for Harriers. 

Otherwise, Nathan Blissett starts up front with Craig Reid, while Ahmed Obeng starting as an understudy for the injured Marvin Johnson.

Kyle Storer returns to action after missing out at against Shrewsbury, while Chey Dunkley also starts after his mid week substitute appearance.

2:29pm

Cheltenham: Carson, Vaughan, Brown, Elliott, Richards, Harrison, Gornell, Hall, Black, Sterling-James.

Subs: Bedwell, Braham-Barrett, Deanman, Hanks, Dale, Howarth.

2:27pm

Harriers: Lewis, Hodgkiss, Gowling, Dunkley, Nicholson, Byrne, Gittings, Obeng, Blissett, Reid, Storer.

Subs: Singh, Grimes, Green, Gash, Hales, Styche.

2:18pm

 

 

No team new yet but Kevin Nicholson, who played against Shrewsbury, has confirmed via Twitter he is present at Aggborough. 

1:57pm

Good afternoon, I have arrived at Aggborough. It is a cool afternoon and we'd had a bit of rain but the clouds seem to have parted and the sun is out.

7:37pm

Good evening folks, I will be back from 2pm with build-up to Kidderminster's final friendly tomorrow.

It looks as though Aman Verma and Marvin Johnson will miss out because of injury but after being rested against Shrewsbury in mid-week, Chey Dunkley and Kyle Storer will return to the fray.

Lee Vaughan returns to his old stomping ground after swapping Harriers for the Robins but Asa Hall is a doubt because of an Achilles problem.

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