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Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 Welling United

Hereford United's 200 protesting fans at Aggborough
Hereford United's 200 protesting fans at Aggborough made for a noisy backdrop to the match

Kidderminster Harriers climbed to within two points of the play-offs with only their second win in five matches.

Harriers led on 14 minutes with a fierce, low 20-yard shot from Jared Hodgkiss, his first goal for the club.

They then scored a freakish second just before the break, claimed by Chey Dunkley, after the ball ricocheted in.

Harry Beautyman fired in a right-foot shot on 53 minutes to pull one back. But Harriers hung on to inflict a first defeat in six games on the Kent side.

Hereford fans stage peaceful Aggborough protest
Bulls fans were handed the stage provided by the presence of the live TV cameras at Aggborough to demonstrate their anger towards former owner Tommy Agombar, who they say still runs the fallen club despite being under an FA ban. They chanted, almost constantly, "We want Tommy Out".Hereford, who remain in danger of being wound up at the Royal Courts of Justice later this month, were expelled from the Conference in June for non-payment of debts and are now struggling in the Southern League.

The downside for hard-up Harriers was attracting a gate of just 1,560 to Aggborough - their second lowest crowd of the Conference campaign to date.

In fact, the hosts were spared from suffering their lowest crowd of the season by the noisy presence of 200 fans from neighbours Hereford United, invited by Harriers to protest at the way their club is being run.

Gary Whild's Harriers are now up a place to ninth in the table, while Welling, for whom top scorer Beautyman has now hit eight goals this season, remain 17th, just a point clear of trouble.

Dunkley's goal was his fourth of the season, further supplementing the Harriers defender's current status as the club's top scorer.

Kidderminster Harriers manager Gary Whild told BBC Sport:

"We were not at our best and we've had a bit of luck, but there's times already this season when we've played better and not got anything.

"We could have done with the third goal to help us relax a bit, but we kept our heads and saw it through.

"Getting the three points was the main thing. It keeps us in there ticking over."

Line-ups

Kidderminster

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 6Dunkley
  • 15Grimes
  • 28Nicholson
  • 4Storer
  • 7Byrne
  • 17VermaSubstituted forGittingsat 62'minutes
  • 8Johnson
  • 9GashSubstituted forBlissettat 67'minutes
  • 10Reid

Substitutes

  • 3Green
  • 11Styche
  • 13Blissett
  • 14Obeng
  • 18Gittings

Welling

  • 1HenlyBooked at 45mins
  • 23Williams
  • 6Bush
  • 3Fyfield
  • 14Jefford
  • 5FaganSubstituted forHudsonat 87'minutes
  • 2FazackerleySubstituted forBasseleat 48'minutes
  • 33Healy
  • 27Day
  • 11Marsh
  • 8Beautyman

Substitutes

  • 13Turner
  • 15Bassele
  • 16Nouble
  • 20Corne
  • 24Hudson
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
1,560

Match Stats

Home TeamKidderminsterAway TeamWelling
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 2, Welling United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kidderminster Harriers 2, Welling United 1.

Attempt missed. Harry Beautyman (Welling United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers).

Jamie Day (Welling United) wins a free kick.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Foul by Jamie Day (Welling United).

Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Aristide Bassele (Welling United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Harry Beautyman.

Corner, Welling United.

Hand ball by Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers).

Substitution

Substitution, Welling United. Malachi Hudson replaces Zac Fagan.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers).

Joe Healy (Welling United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers).

Ben Jefford (Welling United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers).

Aristide Bassele (Welling United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ben Jefford (Welling United).

Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Offside, Kidderminster Harriers. Craig Reid tries a through ball, but Craig Reid is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Nicholson.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Attempt missed. Jamie Day (Welling United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Beautyman.

Corner, Welling United.

Attempt saved. Craig Reid (Kidderminster Harriers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Kevin Nicholson with a cross.

Foul by Jamie Day (Welling United).

Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers).

Jamie Day (Welling United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers).

Tyrone Marsh (Welling United) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Nathan Blissett replaces Michael Gash.

Offside, Welling United. Joe Healy tries a through ball, but Joe Healy is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Callum Gittings replaces Aman Verma.

Corner, Welling United.

Foul by Aman Verma (Kidderminster Harriers).

Joe Healy (Welling United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Chris Bush (Welling United).

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

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