Kidderminster Harriers 2-2 Chester

Chester staged a second-half comeback to deny improving Kidderminster Harriers victory at Aggborough.

Harriers led 2-0 at the break after Arthur Gnahoua's opener was quickly followed by Harry White's penalty for a handball decision against Ryan Lloyd.

But Chester top scorer Ross Hannah got one back from the spot on 66 minutes after being fouled by Kelvin Langmead.

Substitute James Alabi then turned inside the box to blast home a stunning 76th-minute right-foot equaliser.

Both sides had chances to win it, as Hannah screwed wide before Tyrone Williams was then denied by a superb low late fingertip save by Chester keeper Tony Thompson.

Harriers, whop have lost just once in five games, remain second from bottom, nine points adrift of safety.

Chester, who move seven points clear of trouble, picked up their fourth point on the road in five days, having previously gone four months without an away league win.

History repeats for Steve Burr

Chester's comeback was the second season running they have come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Aggborough.

Last term's early season encounter marked City boss Steve Burr's first visit back to his old club. The visitors also quickly went two down that day, only to fight back to draw 2-2, despite the setback of Chris Iwelumo missing an early second-half penalty.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

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Burr on Harriers v Chester

"I was looking for us to kick on after winning at Altrincham on Tuesday and I think my lads thought they'd just turn up and put one over them.

"But Kiddy are in good form, playing with a lot of confidence and it took us 45 minutes to get into gear. In the end, we put a lot of determination and effort into a game that looked lost and could have won it, but then so could they, but for a great save by Tony Thompson at the end.

"It was great for James Alabi to score a goal like that right in front of all our away fans. It's been frustrating, as he picked up a groin injury a week after coming and we've been trying to get him out there, but he showed what he's capable of."

Harriers boss Colin Gordon told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"We got very tired and leggy and were unable to keep the tempo going that we had in the first half. That's to be expected in a young team.

"But we kept going and finished the game with corners and shots. It was our intent to go and win, not just sit back and take a 2-2. That shows our intent.

"The referee maybe felt it was harsh with our penalty, although it did come up and hit his hand, so he has evened it up, but two wrongs don't make a right for me. It was a baffling decision. If that's a penalty then there are going to be a thousand a week."

Line-ups

Kidderminster

  • 13Snedker
  • 24Fane
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 29Lowe
  • 4MaxwellBooked at 51mins
  • 11GnahouaSubstituted forPatrickat 74'minutes
  • 34Whitfield
  • 21Williams
  • 17Kinsella
  • 14WhiteSubstituted forGarnettat 86'minutes
  • 5Langmead

Substitutes

  • 9Garnett
  • 10Patrick
  • 18Jones
  • 26Brown
  • 27Francis-Angol

Chester

  • 13Thompson
  • 22Heneghan
  • 6Sharps
  • 10RooneySubstituted forHigginsat 46'minutes
  • 4O'BrienSubstituted forRichardsat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17Astles
  • 26Lloyd
  • 12Hughes
  • 7MahonSubstituted forAlabiat 46'minutes
  • 11Chapell
  • 9Hannah

Substitutes

  • 1Worsnop
  • 2Higgins
  • 3Hunt
  • 15Richards
  • 23Alabi
Referee:
Robert Whitton
Attendance:
2,067

Match Stats

Home TeamKidderminsterAway TeamChester
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 2, Chester FC 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kidderminster Harriers 2, Chester FC 2.

Attempt missed. Omari Patrick (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Tyrone Williams (Kidderminster Harriers) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Ben Whitfield.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Attempt saved. Tyrone Williams (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Booking

Kane Richards (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kane Richards (Chester FC).

Tyrone Williams (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sam Hughes (Chester FC).

Ben Whitfield (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Kelvin Langmead (Kidderminster Harriers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC).

Evan Garnett (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Evan Garnett replaces Harry White.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Kane Richards replaces Danny O'Brien.

Foul by Kelvin Langmead (Kidderminster Harriers).

James Alabi (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Offside, Chester FC. Ben Heneghan tries a through ball, but Ben Heneghan is caught offside.

Foul by Kelvin Langmead (Kidderminster Harriers).

James Alabi (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Kidderminster Harriers 2, Chester FC 2. James Alabi (Chester FC) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

Offside, Chester FC. James Alabi tries a through ball, but James Alabi is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Omari Patrick replaces Arthur Gnahoua.

Attempt missed. Ryan Astles (Chester FC) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt missed. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Harry White (Kidderminster Harriers).

Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by James Alabi (Chester FC).

Keith Lowe (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Kidderminster Harriers 2, Chester FC 1. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Kelvin Langmead (Kidderminster Harriers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Chester FC. Ross Hannah draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt missed. Sam Hughes (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Chester FC.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham34239266224478
2Forest Green34235659322774
3Grimsby321611563283559
4Tranmere341591044341054
5Gateshead33166114449-554
6Wrexham341571258441452
7Dover31157955421352
8Lincoln City351410115446852
9Braintree30148834241050
10Eastleigh32148105045550
11Woking341471356451149
12Macclesfield33152164740747
13Aldershot33126153947-842
14Bromley32125155357-441
15Chester33109144149-839
16Southport33109143345-1239
17Guiseley32911123147-1638
18Barrow32108144158-1738
19Altrincham33810153255-2334
20Halifax3289154766-1933
21Boreham Wood33711152734-732
22Welling3268182545-2026
23Kidderminster3359193453-1924
24Torquay3058173359-2623
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