National League
KidderminsterKidderminster Harriers2WellingWelling United1

Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 Welling United

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Aggborough
Hereford United's 200 protesting fans at Aggborough
Hereford United's 200 protesting fans at Aggborough made for a noisy backdrop to the match

Kidderminster Harriers climbed to within two points of the play-offs with only their second win in five matches.

Harriers led on 14 minutes with a fierce, low 20-yard shot from Jared Hodgkiss, his first goal for the club.

They then scored a freakish second just before the break, claimed by Chey Dunkley, after the ball ricocheted in.

Harry Beautyman fired in a right-foot shot on 53 minutes to pull one back. But Harriers hung on to inflict a first defeat in six games on the Kent side.

Hereford fans stage peaceful Aggborough protest
Bulls fans were handed the stage provided by the presence of the live TV cameras at Aggborough to demonstrate their anger towards former owner Tommy Agombar, who they say still runs the fallen club despite being under an FA ban. They chanted, almost constantly, "We want Tommy Out".Hereford, who remain in danger of being wound up at the Royal Courts of Justice later this month, were expelled from the Conference in June for non-payment of debts and are now struggling in the Southern League.

The downside for hard-up Harriers was attracting a gate of just 1,560 to Aggborough - their second lowest crowd of the Conference campaign to date.

In fact, the hosts were spared from suffering their lowest crowd of the season by the noisy presence of 200 fans from neighbours Hereford United, invited by Harriers to protest at the way their club is being run.

Gary Whild's Harriers are now up a place to ninth in the table, while Welling, for whom top scorer Beautyman has now hit eight goals this season, remain 17th, just a point clear of trouble.

Dunkley's goal was his fourth of the season, further supplementing the Harriers defender's current status as the club's top scorer.

Kidderminster Harriers manager Gary Whild told BBC Sport:

"We were not at our best and we've had a bit of luck, but there's times already this season when we've played better and not got anything.

"We could have done with the third goal to help us relax a bit, but we kept our heads and saw it through.

"Getting the three points was the main thing. It keeps us in there ticking over."

Line-ups

Kidderminster

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 6Dunkley
  • 15Grimes
  • 28Nicholson
  • 4Storer
  • 7Byrne
  • 17VermaSubstituted forGittingsat 62'minutes
  • 8Johnson
  • 9GashSubstituted forBlissettat 67'minutes
  • 10Reid

Substitutes

  • 3Green
  • 11Styche
  • 13Blissett
  • 14Obeng
  • 18Gittings

Welling

  • 1HenlyBooked at 45mins
  • 23Williams
  • 6Bush
  • 3Fyfield
  • 14Jefford
  • 5FaganSubstituted forHudsonat 87'minutes
  • 2FazackerleySubstituted forBasseleat 48'minutes
  • 33Healy
  • 27Day
  • 11Marsh
  • 8Beautyman

Substitutes

  • 13Turner
  • 15Bassele
  • 16Nouble
  • 20Corne
  • 24Hudson
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
1,560

Match Stats

Home TeamKidderminsterAway TeamWelling
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 2, Welling United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kidderminster Harriers 2, Welling United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Beautyman (Welling United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers).

  5. Post update

    Jamie Day (Welling United) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Day (Welling United).

  8. Post update

    Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aristide Bassele (Welling United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Harry Beautyman.

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    Corner, Welling United.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Welling United. Malachi Hudson replaces Zac Fagan.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers).

  14. Post update

    Joe Healy (Welling United) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers).

  16. Post update

    Ben Jefford (Welling United) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers).

  18. Post update

    Aristide Bassele (Welling United) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ben Jefford (Welling United).

  20. Post update

    Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.