Kidderminster 2-0 Barrow

Jamille Matt

Promotion-chasing Kidderminster Harriers climbed back into the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off zone with a deserved win over Barrow at Aggborough.

Ryan Rowe hit the opener, finding the top right corner with a 20-yard strike - his ninth league goal of the season.

Barrow were denied a second-half equaliser when Sean McConville's left-footed shot was cleared off the goal-line by Josh Gowling.

But Jamille Matt headed the Harriers' second just seven minutes from time.

That made it seven goals in five league games for the sought-after striker as the home side took advantage of Luton Town's FA Cup distraction to climb back up to fifth.

Steve Burr's men might have won by more, Matt wasting a great one-on-one chance before the break, as well as being a denied close-range second goal late on.

Harriers boss Burr was presented with his award as Blue Square Bet Premier manager of the month for December before the game, his in-form side having won all last month's five league games - but the infamous curse on this occasion proved a fallacy.

Barrow remain bottom after failing to build on their 1-0 New Year's Day win at Gateshead.

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Kidderminster Harriers manager Steve Burr told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

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Burr hails importance of victory

"We were happy with the performance but not the result against Hereford on New Year's Day. Today, we're pleased with the result but not the performance.

"Barrow are better than their league position shows and had their chances and it proves how competitive this league is.

"I'm delighted for Ryan Rowe. It was a great strike and gave us a great start. And Jamille Matt's got on a cross to head home and he'll get the headlines again."

Barrow boss Dave Bayliss told BBC Sport:

"You have to make your own luck. Sean McConville thought the ball had crossed the line for what would have been an equaliser.

"But there's no point feeling sorry for ourselves. The harder you work the more likely you are to get something.

"We just have to stick together and cut out the mistakes."

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