National League
CambridgeCambridge United5KidderminsterKidderminster Harriers1
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.

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 forHughesat 51'minutes
  • 24ArnoldBooked at 75mins
  • 7DonaldsonSubstituted forPughat 85'minutes
  • 19Sam-Yorke
  • 25BirdSubstituted forAustinat 75'minutes

Substitutes

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

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cambridge United 5, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).

  4. Post update

    Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  5. 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.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Adrian Cieslewicz (Kidderminster Harriers).

  7. Post update

    Mitch Austin (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Andy Pugh replaces Ryan Donaldson.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United).

  15. Post update

    Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers).

  19. Post update

    Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

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