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Kidderminster Harriers 1-1 AFC Telford United

Andy Todd's wonder goal earned the Conference's bottom club Telford a much needed point from a 1-1 derby draw with Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough.

Harriers created plenty of chances, taking the lead on 45 minutes when Aman Verma headed in from close range.

In contrast, Telford created very little until late into the second half when Sean Cooke's header was well saved by Danny Lewis in the home goal.

Todd found the top corner from 20 yards 11 minutes from time to earn a draw.

Liam Watson's Telford remain rooted to the bottom, now three points adrift, while the Harriers, who have won just twice in seven games, are ninth.

Telford are back in action on Tuesday night at home to Forest Green, while the Harriers are due to host Welling United at Aggborough 24 hours later.

Kidderminster Harriers manager Gary Whild told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"In terms of making changes, you don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. It's the first time this season I've seen the players lacking energy and desire, a bit of spark. We can't make wholesale changes and even if we could, I'd be reluctant to.

"The lads have had a lot of praise in recent weeks for their performances, where they were unfortunate not to get the results but, on Saturday, we were nowhere near good enough,

"Opportunities are coming along and we aren't taking them. We got nothing from Wrexham on Tuesday and on Saturday we got a draw - that's why we're ninth instead of top five. I don't think we ever really got started."

AFC Telford United assistant manager Dominic Morley told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"The lads put in a great shift after a very tough week, especially the game in midweek against Chester, but we've played well and deserved to get the point.

"We've had a few problems with training the last few days. We had five or six players out due to sickness and we've had to switch the formation due to injuries and having players missing.

"But to concede and to respond the way we did was fantastic. The all-round performance was brilliant. That's all me and Liam Watson ask for. The more we do that, the more we'll pick up points."

Line-ups

Kidderminster

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 6Dunkley
  • 30GowlingBooked at 87mins
  • 28Nicholson
  • 7ByrneBooked at 32mins
  • 4Storer
  • 17Verma
  • 8JohnsonSubstituted forGittingsat 66'minutes
  • 9GashSubstituted forBlissettat 73'minutes
  • 11StycheSubstituted forReidat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Reid
  • 13Blissett
  • 14Obeng
  • 15Grimes
  • 18Gittings

Telford

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Hedge
  • 4Byrne
  • 5AkriggSubstituted forPlattat 59'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 8BarnettSubstituted forDeaceyat 63'minutes
  • 23Higgins
  • 6GroganBooked at 58mins
  • 20Poku
  • 11Clancy
  • 21Todd
  • 12CookeSubstituted forGrayat 90+3'minutes
  • 9Farrell

Substitutes

  • 10Gray
  • 13Pryce
  • 17Platt
  • 19Deacey
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
2,117

Match Stats

Home TeamKidderminsterAway TeamTelford
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, AFC Telford United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, AFC Telford United 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

  4. Post update

    Offside, AFC Telford United. Tony Gray tries a through ball, but Tony Gray is caught offside.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Telford United. Tony Gray replaces Sean Cooke.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers).

  9. Post update

    Neill Byrne (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Grogan (AFC Telford United) header from the right side of the box misses to the left.

  11. Booking

    Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers).

  13. Post update

    Jordan Deacey (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved. Assisted by Jack Byrne.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Higgins (AFC Telford United).

  17. Post update

    Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United).

  20. Post update

    Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

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