National League
KidderminsterKidderminster Harriers2ChesterChester2
By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Aggborough

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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 2, Chester FC 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

  8. Booking

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kane Richards (Chester FC).

  10. Post update

    Tyrone Williams (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sam Hughes (Chester FC).

  12. Post update

    Ben Whitfield (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC).

  16. Post update

    Evan Garnett (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Evan Garnett replaces Harry White.

  18. Substitution

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kelvin Langmead (Kidderminster Harriers).

  20. Post update

    James Alabi (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Top Stories