|Kyle Letheren||[1/25]||Adam Bartlett|
|Liam Dolman||||Ryan Green|
|Lee Baker||||Ryan Valentine|
|Tom Sharpe||||Kenny Lunt|
|Gavin Caines||||Keith Lowe|
|Chris McPhee||||Darren Dennehy|
|David McDermott||||Mark Manga|
|Darryl Knights||||Jamie Tolley|
|Aaron Farrell||||Sunday Wasui|
|Rob Elvins||||Leon Constantine|
|Brian Smikle||||Marc Pugh|
|Martin Riley||||Richard Rose|
|Dean Coleman||[13/33]||Chris Adamson|
|Joe Wilcox||||Darren Jones|
|Duane Courtney||||Tomi Ameobi|
|Joe Wilcox||||Frank Pandiani|
|Nathan Hayward||||Craig Jones|
|Matt Barnes-Homer||||Sam Gwynne|
|Fouls Conceded||Offside||Corners||Shots On||Shots off|
|15||Brian Smikle||83||Frank Pandiani|
|36||Aaron Farrell||86||Tomi Ameobi|
|Referee: Marvin Amphlett (Worcestershire)|
Harriers maintained their unbeaten pre-season record with a victory over a very disappointing Hereford United team that was far more comfortable than the close scoreline suggests.
One new trialist was introduced for Harriers, former Swansea City and Barnsley goalkeeper Kyle Letheren, the son of former Leeds and Swansea goalkeeper Glan Letheren and a former Welsh Under-21 international. Hereford, meanwhile, included former Harriers Adam Bartlett, Keith Lowe and Marc Pugh.
The visitors could have taken an early lead when Pugh tried to bamboozle Harriers full back Liam Dolman with some fancy footwork; he did manage to get a cross in, however, that Letheren missed but Sunday Wasui headed against the bar under pressure form Gavin Caines. Harriers took the lead after 14 minutes, Brian Smikle's shot taking a deflection to deceive Bartlett.
On the half-hour Dolman crossed deep from the right wing to the far post where Aaron Farrell brought it down well and tucked his shot past Bartlett, it didn't have enough power, however, and United managed to clear it off the line. Farrell didn't have to wait long for his goal, though, dispossessing his marker on the edge of the penalty area before despatching his shot past Bartlett. Bartlett was left grasping at thin air again shortly before the break when Darryl Knights' 18-yard effort beat him only to come back off the post.
Matt Barnes-Homer stretched Harriers' lead further after 70 minutes with a dipping shot from 25-yards out that gave Hereford's sub keeper Chris Adamson no chance. Soon afterwards Smikle came close to adding a fourth but Adamson parried his shot and his defenders managed to hack it away for a corner.
Substitute Frank Pandiani grabbed a consolation goal for United ten minutes from the end and five minutes later Tomi Ameobi set up the prospect of a thrilling finale when he headed in from Matt Done's left-wing cross. The visitors were unable to build upon that prospect and Harriers held on to win.
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