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Kidderminster Harriers 1-2 Dartford

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Aggborough
Max Cornhill

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.

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."

Line-ups

Kidderminster

  • 1Lewis
  • 3Demetriou
  • 2Vaughan
  • 30Gowling
  • 7Byrne
  • 4StorerBooked at 77mins
  • 16Jackman
  • 8FowlerSubstituted forMalbonat 68'minutes
  • 22Morgan-SmithSubstituted forCieslewiczat 60'minutes
  • 9Gash
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forAloiat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 27Cieslewicz
  • 23Vaughan
  • 28Aloi
  • 10Malbon
  • 6Dunkley

Dartford

  • 1JulianBooked at 90mins
  • 4Sterling
  • 38McAuley
  • 14Mitchell-King
  • 10Bradbrook
  • 30Woodyard
  • 31Stevenson
  • 20Burns
  • 6Cornhill
  • 39Pugh
  • 40WallBooked at 18minsSubstituted forKamaraat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 19Swallow
  • 27Monger
  • 2Hill
  • 36Kamara
Referee:
Declan Ford
Attendance:
1,580

Match Stats

Home TeamKidderminsterAway TeamDartford
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, Dartford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, Dartford 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Andy Pugh (Dartford).

  4. Post update

    Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  5. Booking

    Alan Julian (Dartford) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers).

  7. Post update

    Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford).

  13. Post update

    Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ishmail Kamara (Dartford).

  15. Post update

    Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers).

  18. Post update

    Andy Pugh (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ishmail Kamara (Dartford).

  20. Post update

    Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.