National League
KidderminsterKidderminster Harriers1CheltenhamCheltenham Town2

Kidderminster Harriers 1-2 Cheltenham Town

Aaron Downes
Defender Aaron Downes has now scored five goals this season

Cheltenham Town moved seven points clear at the top of the National League table thanks to a hard-fought win over bottom-of-the-table Kidderminster.

Danny Wright's strike, his 10th goal of the season, put the Robins ahead.

Kyle Howkins levelled the scores before half-time, scrambling the ball home after a corner.

But Cheltenham ensured a fifth consecutive win in all competitions in the second period when captain Aaron Downes headed in a Jack Munns corner.

Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"To be fair to Kidderminster they didn't play like a bottom of the league team, they made it a proper derby and we had to fight for everything we got.

"We had to be sure that we were going to win the game and the only way we could do it, was the way we played in the second half.

"We needed a lot more energy, a lot more thought, a lot more blocking things, a lot more winning headers and once we did that and kept it up front a little bit more then they couldn't get in."

Line-ups

Kidderminster

  • 13Snedker
  • 24Young
  • 3Rowe-TurnerSubstituted forNgwatalaat 76'minutes
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 5Langmead
  • 40Howkins
  • 27Francis-Angol
  • 4MaxwellBooked at 15mins
  • 34Whitfield
  • 9Barnes-HomerSubstituted forSinghat 72'minutes
  • 10Patrick

Substitutes

  • 7Singh
  • 18Jones
  • 26Brown
  • 36McQuilkin
  • 38Ngwatala

Cheltenham

  • 1Phillips
  • 2Barthram
  • 5Downes
  • 6Parslow
  • 3McLennan
  • 29JenningsSubstituted forDaytonat 79'minutes
  • 4Storer
  • 7PellBooked at 82mins
  • 11MunnsSubstituted forHallat 86'minutes
  • 9WrightBooked at 35mins
  • 30NovakovichSubstituted forWatersat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Waters
  • 12Kitscha
  • 14Hall
  • 18Rowe
  • 27Dayton
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
3,238

Match Stats

Home TeamKidderminsterAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away10
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, Cheltenham Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, Cheltenham Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Cheltenham Town. Billy Waters tries a through ball, but Billy Waters is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town).

  5. Post update

    Jared Hodgkiss (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Asa Hall replaces Jack Munns.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town).

  9. Post update

    Jared Hodgkiss (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  10. Booking

    Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town).

  12. Post update

    Elton Ngwatala (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Dayton replaces Ryan Jennings.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Elton Ngwatala replaces Lathanial Rowe-Turner.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ben Whitfield (Kidderminster Harriers).

  17. Post update

    Danny Parslow (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Gurjit Singh replaces Matthew Barnes-Homer.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Kidderminster Harriers 1, Cheltenham Town 2. Aaron Downes (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town.

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