Dartford claimed their first league win in three months as Kidderminster Harriers slumped to a first defeat under new manager Andy Thorn.

Harriers trailed inside three minutes when Max Cornhill headed home Alex Woodyard's cross from close range.

Andy Pugh made it two, netting after Harriers goalkeeper Danny Lewis could only parry Alex Wall's low shot.

Michael Gash bundled home from close range but the closest Harriers came to an equaliser was when he hit the bar.

Dartford's miserable run

Dartford's last league win was a 4-3 victory against Hyde on 19 October. They have picked up just one point in 12 matches since then.

With one eye seemingly on this Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Sunderland, Harriers could have been four down at the break against the relegation-threatened Darts.

Wall also hit the post before Lewis did well to deny Darts skipper Elliot Bradbrook on a heavy, rain-lashed, badly-scarred pitch.

After Gash had turned in Lee Vaughan's cross to finally get Harriers on the scoresheet with his 11th goal of the season, he then powered an acrobatic right-foot volley against the bar.

But, despite Jim Stevenson's speculative 35-yard lob dropping just over, it was the 14 soaking wet visiting fans on the away terrace who went home happy after their side's first league victory since beating Hyde on 19 October.

In their first game since the six-figure departure of Joe Lolley to Huddersfield Town, to add to the Harriers' frustration, skipper Kyle Storer played through a second-half ankle injury and could be a doubt for Saturday's Cup tie at the Stadium of Light.

Both new signings Adrian Cieslewicz and Santiago Aloi made their debut as second-half substitutes for Harriers, who remain sixth, a point outside the Conference Premier play-off zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Kidderminster Harriers manager Andy Thorn told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"I've seen it so many times. If you take your eye off the ball things like that can happen. Everyone's disappointed as we know we're better than that.

"Once we got the boys in at half-time and had a few words, I thought we we had a chance, and could have nicked something.

"I was pleased with the way we came back second half and got on the front foot. Another day something might have dropped for us.

"It's going to be a massive day for us on Saturday and I'm sure we'll do ourselves justice, but this was one that got away from us."

Dartford boss Tony Burman told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"In the first half, I thought we played really well. It could have been three or four.

"We broke up Kidderminster's attacking play, broke on the counter attack and it worked for us today. I'm absolutely delighted for the players and supporters.

"It's a massive lift. We've been through a devastating run of results. I thought we thoroughly deserved to win.

"It's never ending and it's ruthless but we'll enjoy nights like tonight. I don't think we're a poor side but hopefully we can build on tonight's performance."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Kidderminster Harriers

  • 01 Lewis
  • 03 Demetriou
  • 02 Vaughan
  • 30 Gowling
  • 07 Byrne
  • 04 Storer Booked
  • 16 Jackman
  • 08 Fowler (Malbon - 68' )
  • 22 Morgan-Smith (Cieslewicz - 60' )
  • 09 Gash
  • 11 Johnson (Aloi - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 27 Cieslewicz
  • 23 Vaughan
  • 28 Aloi
  • 10 Malbon
  • 06 Dunkley

Dartford

  • 01 Julian Booked
  • 04 Sterling
  • 38 McAuley
  • 14 Mitchell-King
  • 10 Bradbrook
  • 30 Woodyard
  • 31 Stevenson
  • 20 Burns
  • 06 Cornhill
  • 39 Pugh
  • 40 Wall Booked (Kamara - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 19 Swallow
  • 27 Monger
  • 02 Hill
  • 36 Kamara
Ref: Declan Ford
Att: 1,580

Match Stats

Shots

14 12

On target

3 5

Corners

0 0

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, Dartford 2.

90:00 +6:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, Dartford 2.

90:00 +4:43

Foul by Andy Pugh (Dartford).

90:00 +4:43

Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

90:00 +3:48 Booking

Booking Alan Julian (Dartford) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:16

Foul by Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers).

90:00 +3:16

Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.

90:00 +2:07

Attempt missed. Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Jackman with a cross.

90:00 +1:42

Attempt missed. Jim Stevenson (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +0:06

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

89:55

Attempt blocked. Anthony Malbon (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Jackman with a cross.

89:20

Foul by Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford).

89:20

Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

87:15

Foul by Ishmail Kamara (Dartford).

87:15

Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

86:39

Attempt missed. Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

85:14

Foul by Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers).

85:14

Andy Pugh (Dartford) wins a free kick.

84:31

Foul by Ishmail Kamara (Dartford).

84:31

Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

82:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Santiago Aloi replaces Marvin Johnson.

81:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dartford. Ishmail Kamara replaces Alex Wall.

79:44

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

77:13

Foul by Andy Pugh (Dartford).

77:13

Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

76:08 Booking

Booking Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:28

Foul by Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers).

74:28

Jim Stevenson (Dartford) wins a free kick.

71:18

Foul by Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford).

71:18

Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

70:27

Offside, Kidderminster Harriers. Anthony Malbon tries a through ball, but Anthony Malbon is caught offside.

69:41

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

67:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Anthony Malbon replaces Lee Fowler.

67:00

Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Kyle Storer with a cross.

66:32

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

64:48

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Kidderminster Harriers).

64:48

Max Cornhill (Dartford) wins a free kick.

63:17

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers).

63:17

Tyrone Sterling (Dartford) wins a free kick.

61:51

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

59:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Adrian Cieslewicz replaces Amari Morgan-Smith.

58:02

Foul by Alex Wall (Dartford).

58:02

Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

57:08

Offside, Dartford. Elliot Bradbrook tries a through ball, but Elliot Bradbrook is caught offside.

56:50

Attempt saved. Alex Woodyard (Dartford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

54:48

Foul by Lee Fowler (Kidderminster Harriers).

54:48

Alex Wall (Dartford) wins a free kick.

54:25

Foul by Alex Wall (Dartford).

54:25

Lee Fowler (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

53:46

Attempt missed. Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

53:30

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

52:46

Attempt missed. Jim Stevenson (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

51:15

Attempt missed. Mickey Demetriou (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Fowler.

50:52

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

50:24

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

48:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Kidderminster Harriers 1, Dartford 2. Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) with an attempt from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Vaughan with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Kidderminster Harriers 0, Dartford 2.

45:00 +4:32 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Kidderminster Harriers 0, Dartford 2.

45:00 +4:04

Attempt missed. Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

45:00 +2:29

Hand ball by Rory McAuley (Dartford).

43:50

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

43:38

Attempt blocked. Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42:47

Attempt saved. Lee Fowler (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

41:00

Attempt saved. Alex Woodyard (Dartford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

39:23

Alex Wall (Dartford) hits the woodwork with a left footed shot from outside the box.

38:40

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Dartford).

38:40

Lee Fowler (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

38:10

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

31:41

Attempt missed. Alex Wall (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

31:00

Attempt missed. Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

25:53

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

25:39

Attempt blocked. Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:27

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

24:15

Attempt saved. Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

22:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Kidderminster Harriers 0, Dartford 2. Andy Pugh (Dartford) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Wall.

22:44

Attempt saved. Alex Wall (Dartford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

21:41

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

21:05

Foul by Lee Burns (Dartford).

21:05

Danny Jackman (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

19:41

Foul by Lee Fowler (Kidderminster Harriers).

19:41

Lee Burns (Dartford) wins a free kick.

17:31 Booking

Booking Alex Wall (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

16:47

Foul by Alex Wall (Dartford).

16:47

Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

16:00

Attempt missed. Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

14:36

Corner, Dartford.

13:06

Foul by Alex Wall (Dartford).

13:06

Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

12:11

Foul by Max Cornhill (Dartford).

12:11

Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

11:31

Foul by Andy Pugh (Dartford).

11:31

Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

10:13

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Kidderminster Harriers).

10:13

Lee Burns (Dartford) wins a free kick.

9:08

Attempt missed. Jim Stevenson (Dartford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

6:38

Attempt missed. Max Cornhill (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

4:14

Attempt missed. Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

2:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Kidderminster Harriers 0, Dartford 1. Max Cornhill (Dartford) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Alex Woodyard with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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