National League
KidderminsterKidderminster Harriers2CambridgeCambridge United0
By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Aggborough
Michael Gash

Kidderminster Harriers hit two second-half goals to end Cambridge United's automatic promotion hopes and kept their own play-off bid afloat.

Amari'i Bell's first goal for Harriers and Michael Gash's 25-yard screamer ensured that Luton Town will take this year's Conference Premier title.

Young Birmingham City loan man Bell's 15-yard left-foot snapshot ricocheted in to earn Harriers a 67th-minute lead.

Gash then powered home a stunning right-foot volley 10 minutes later.

It also extended the Harriers' run of just one defeat in 10 games since Gary Whild took charge in early March, following Andy Thorn's sacking after the 5-1 defeat at Cambridge.

Whild's men are now five points adrift of the play-offs with just three games left.

Richard Money's Cambridge, who ended run of four straight wins, had only one worthwhile effort - a Tom Champion shot early in the second half which brought a flying save from keeper Danny Lewis.

Harriers coach Tim Flowers told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"The lads were terrific and acquitted themselves really well. Nathan Blissett and Michael Gash were outstanding. I thought the two of them were a menace.

"The three points are massive. Cambridge are the form team in the division and they've been on fire.

"We're very much under the radar. We go to Hyde before having Nuneaton here in a derby. And they are two absolutely critical games.

"If we could go to Halifax on the last day with something to play for and a chance of getting into the shake-up then that's our aim."

Line-ups

Kidderminster

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Vaughan
  • 3Demetriou
  • 25O'Keefe
  • 6DunkleyBooked at 68mins
  • 15Grimes
  • 7Byrne
  • 26Bell
  • 13BlissettSubstituted forVaughanat 75'minutes
  • 9GashSubstituted forWrightat 90+4'minutes
  • 18GittingsSubstituted forVermaat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Wright
  • 17Verma
  • 22Morgan-Smith
  • 23Vaughan
  • 27Cieslewicz

Cambridge

  • 13Norris
  • 2Roberts
  • 3Taylor
  • 8ChampionSubstituted forBerryat 60'minutes
  • 4Coulson
  • 6Miller
  • 17Hughes
  • 7Donaldson
  • 39Barnes-HomerSubstituted forPughat 64'minutes
  • 19Sam-YorkeSubstituted forDunkat 46'minutes
  • 22Chadwick

Substitutes

  • 11Dunk
  • 14Tait
  • 15Pugh
  • 18Berry
  • 23Chambers
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
1,938

Match Stats

Home TeamKidderminsterAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home6
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 2, Cambridge United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kidderminster Harriers 2, Cambridge United 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Nick Wright replaces Michael Gash.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United).

  5. Post update

    Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Josh O'Keefe (Kidderminster Harriers).

  7. Post update

    Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers).

  9. Post update

    Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Kidderminster Harriers. Nathan Vaughan tries a through ball, but Nathan Vaughan is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andy Pugh (Cambridge United).

  12. Post update

    Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Aman Verma replaces Callum Gittings.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Kidderminster Harriers 2, Cambridge United 0. Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Nathan Vaughan replaces Nathan Blissett.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers).

  18. Post update

    Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh O'Keefe (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  20. Booking

    Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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