National League
TorquayTorquay United3KidderminsterKidderminster Harriers2
By Brent PilnickBBC South West Sport at Plainmoor
Nathan Blissett, who left Harriers for Bristol Rovers in November 2014, was loaned out to Torquay in January
Blissett, who left Harriers for Bristol Rovers in November 2014, was loaned out to Torquay in January

Torquay United, 22nd in the National League, edged a thrilling relegation battle with bottom club Kidderminster.

Nathan Smith's overhead kick hit the bar and bounced in off luckless keeper Dean Snedker's back to give the Gulls an early lead before Nathan Blissett's towering header doubled the advantage.

Kelvin Langmead then headed in before Arthur Gnahoua shot home the equaliser.

But Smith poked in an 82nd-minute winner after a goalmouth scramble to earn Torquay's fourth successive win.

It leaves the Gulls four points from safety with a game in hand, but Colin Gordon's Harriers are now 11 points off 20th-placed Boreham Wood with nine games left.

Former Harriers striker Blissett's goal was his fourth in six games since arriving on loan from Bristol Rovers.

Line-ups

Torquay

  • 21Lavercombe
  • 29Berry
  • 5MacDonald
  • 16Richards
  • 3Butler
  • 18Smith
  • 4Rees
  • 10Racchi
  • 14AjalaSubstituted forWrightat 67'minutes
  • 17Blissett
  • 12HarradSubstituted forChaneyat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fisher
  • 19Chaney
  • 22Gerring
  • 23Hancox
  • 28Wright

Kidderminster

  • 13Snedker
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 5Langmead
  • 24Fane
  • 17Kinsella
  • 29Lowe
  • 21WilliamsSubstituted forFrancis-Angolat 46'minutesSubstituted forPatrickat 89'minutes
  • 4Maxwell
  • 34Whitfield
  • 11Gnahoua
  • 9Garnett

Substitutes

  • 10Patrick
  • 18Jones
  • 26Brown
  • 27Francis-Angol
  • 36McQuilkin
Referee:
Adam Bromley

Match Stats

Home TeamTorquayAway TeamKidderminster
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Torquay United 3, Kidderminster Harriers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Torquay United 3, Kidderminster Harriers 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Torquay United. Courtney Richards tries a through ball, but Courtney Richards is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Kinsella (Kidderminster Harriers).

  5. Post update

    Courtney Richards (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ousmane Fane (Kidderminster Harriers).

  7. Post update

    Sam Chaney (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andre Wright (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Omari Patrick replaces Zaine Francis-Angol.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Sam Chaney replaces Shaun Harrad.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andre Wright (Torquay United).

  12. Post update

    Zaine Francis-Angol (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Torquay United 3, Kidderminster Harriers 2. Nathan Smith (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Butler.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Torquay United.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Torquay United.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Arthur Gnahoua (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Keith Lowe (Kidderminster Harriers).

  18. Post update

    Shaun Harrad (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Kinsella (Kidderminster Harriers).

  20. Post update

    Andre Wright (Torquay United) wins a free kick.