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Hereford United 1-1 Kidderminster Harriers

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Edgar Street
Josh Gowling

Josh Gowling headed Kidderminster Harriers' equaliser as they survived to claim a draw at crisis club Hereford.

After a first half dominated by the Bulls, the home side went in front on 61 minutes when Josh O'Keefe looped home an angled header from 12 yards.

But Harriers took just four minutes to level through Gowling.

Captain Kyle Storer crossed from the right for centre-half Gowling to steal in at the far post and stoop to head in from six yards.

Financially-challenged Hereford extended their unbeaten home run to five games, but could have claimed all three points against a Harriers side labouring after their FA Cup adventure came to an end at Sunderland on Saturday.

Hereford should have been in front at half-time after a first 45 minutes in which Harriers failed to muster a shot at goal - and the Bulls missed a string of chances.

O'Keefe shot narrowly wide, Dan Walker had a well-struck shot blocked, Michael Rankine headed just over and Frankie Artus blazed their best chance too high.

But the deadlock was finally broken when, after Michael Gash had headed Rod McDonald's cross clear, O'Keefe neatly steered his header back across goal and just inside the unmarked far post for his third goal of the season.

Gowling then levelled against his old club and, after visiting keeper Danny Lewis had saved from Artus and Rankine had blasted a chance over late on, Harriers hung on for a point.


Kidderminster Harriers manager Andy Thorn told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"It wasn't the prettiest game, and a few of ours looked a bit leggy, but we've added a bit of steel to our side and it was our back five and the two in midfield that got us the result.

"Hereford have got a really good home record. This a difficult place to come. They turn you round and pin you in and you've got to be strong and win plenty of second balls.

"It's difficult to get the ball down and play. There's not a lot of space in the middle. In fact, about the 85th minute, I thought the ball was going to get stretchered off the way it was being treated.

"It's effective it was what they do, fair play to them. But we stood up to it. We've tried to put a bit of resilience into our and, over the course of the season, these are valuable points."


Hereford United

  • 21Lloyd-Weston
  • 12Collins
  • 3Bush
  • 5McDonald
  • 6Graham
  • 8O'Keefe
  • 16Artus
  • 17Brown
  • 15Rankine
  • 9WalkerSubstituted forEdgeat 46'minutes
  • 10SharpSubstituted forLeadbitterat 70'minutesBooked at 75mins


  • 30Williams
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 7Purdie
  • 22Edge
  • 11Smith


  • 1Lewis
  • 2VaughanBooked at 86mins
  • 30Gowling
  • 3Demetriou
  • 7Byrne
  • 4Storer
  • 27Cieslewicz
  • 16Jackman
  • 26DyerSubstituted forGittingsat 66'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 9Gash
  • 24LadapoSubstituted forMorgan-Smithat 54'minutes


  • 22Morgan-Smith
  • 6Dunkley
  • 23Vaughan
  • 18Gittings
  • 28Aloi
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Hereford United 1, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hereford United 1, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hereford United.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers).

  5. Post update

    Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Chris Bush (Hereford United).

  7. Post update

    Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

  9. Post update

    Adrian Cieslewicz (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  11. Booking

    Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers).

  13. Post update

    Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

  15. Post update

    Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  16. Booking

    Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers).

  18. Post update

    Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers).

  20. Post update

    Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.