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Cambridge United 5-1 Kidderminster Harriers

Ryan Bird

Cambridge United came from a goal down to thrash Kidderminster Harriers.

Anthony Malbon blasted Harriers ahead before Josh Coulson's shot deflected in off Josh O'Keefe to make it 1-1.

Delano Sam-Yorke turned the game after the break, first setting up Ryan Bird to tap in and then lobbing over Harriers keeper Nathan Vaughan.

Luke Berry's penalty, after Cheyenne Dunkley brought down Nathan Arnold, made it 4-1 before Andy Pugh fired in a fifth from the edge of the area.

Victory saw the U's end a five-game winless run while Andy Thorn's Harriers have now won just one of their last seven league games.

Cambridge are 14 points behind leaders Luton, but with a game in hand, while the Harriers are four points adrift of the play-off zone with 13 games to go.

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Cambridge United boss Richard Money

U's manager Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"We said before the game that there are certain periods of the season that test you and that's where we've been this month. It's not as though we haven't been winning football games, we just haven't been winning league games.

"The game was a test for us too, losing a goal. I thought the crowd were terrific, I think they all understood that we were scratching a little bit in that first period but they stuck with us and the team rewarded them.

"It's a step in the right direction and certainly every win helps confidence and we need to go on a run from here and end the season strongly."

Harriers manager Andy Thorn told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"We controlled the game. It's probably the best we've been. So many chances. We looked a threat every time we went forward.

"But we made individual errors. They didn't even have to work for their goals. They were sloppy ones to give away.

"If you gift teams goals, that's what happens. We were appalling in our defending and got punished."

Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 13Norris
  • 6Miller
  • 14Tait
  • 4Coulson
  • 3Taylor
  • 18Berry
  • 8ChampionSubstituted forL Hughesat 51'minutes
  • 24ArnoldBooked at 75mins
  • 7DonaldsonSubstituted forPughat 85'minutes
  • 19Sam-Yorke
  • 25BirdSubstituted forAustinat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Austin
  • 15Pugh
  • 29Gillies
  • 1Sullivan
  • 17L Hughes

Kidderminster

  • 23Vaughan
  • 6Dunkley
  • 2Vaughan
  • 30Gowling
  • 4Storer
  • 16Jackman
  • 27CieslewiczBooked at 37mins
  • 25O'KeefeSubstituted forGittingsat 81'minutes
  • 7ByrneSubstituted forRoweat 59'minutes
  • 10Malbon
  • 22Morgan-Smith

Substitutes

  • 28Aloi
  • 3Demetriou
  • 19Rowe
  • 1Lewis
  • 18Gittings
Referee:
Justin Amey
Attendance:
2,528

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamKidderminster
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home5
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Cambridge United 5, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cambridge United 5, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).

Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 5, Kidderminster Harriers 1. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mitch Austin with a cross.

Foul by Adrian Cieslewicz (Kidderminster Harriers).

Mitch Austin (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Rowe (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Rowe (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

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

Attempt saved. Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Andy Pugh replaces Ryan Donaldson.

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United).

Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Callum Gittings replaces Josh O'Keefe.

Foul by Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers).

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 4, Kidderminster Harriers 1. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Cambridge United. Nathan Arnold draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Mitch Austin replaces Ryan Bird.

Booking

Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

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

Attempt missed. Ryan Bird (Cambridge United) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Hughes with a cross.

Attempt saved. Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Corner, Cambridge United.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Ryan Rowe replaces Jack Byrne.

Foul by Danny Jackman (Kidderminster Harriers).

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

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

Attempt saved. Adrian Cieslewicz (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 3, Kidderminster Harriers 1. Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Hughes.

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

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 2, Kidderminster Harriers 1. Ryan Bird (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Delano Sam-Yorke.

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