Kidderminster Harriers 3(2) v (0)2 Hereford United

Friendly - Aggborough - 21 July 2009

Attendance: 625

Individual Stats
Kidderminster v Hereford
Kyle Letheren[1/25]Adam Bartlett
Liam Dolman[2]Ryan Green
Lee Baker[3]Ryan Valentine
Tom Sharpe[4]Kenny Lunt
Gavin Caines[5]Keith Lowe
Chris McPhee[6]Darren Dennehy
David McDermott[7]Mark Manga
Darryl Knights[8]Jamie Tolley
Aaron Farrell[9]Sunday Wasui
Rob Elvins[10]Leon Constantine
Brian Smikle[11]Marc Pugh
Martin Riley[12]Richard Rose
Dean Coleman[13/33]Chris Adamson
Joe Wilcox[14]Darren Jones
Duane Courtney[15]Tomi Ameobi
Joe Wilcox[16]Frank Pandiani
Nathan Hayward[17]Craig Jones
Matt Barnes-Homer[18]Sam Gwynne
-[19]Matt Done
-[20]Mustapha Dumbaye
-[34]Danny Thomas
-[35]James McQuilkin
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster Hereford
15Brian Smikle 83Frank Pandiani 
36Aaron Farrell 86Tomi Ameobi 
71Matt Barnes-Homer    
Kidderminster Hereford
54Barnes-HomerElvins 46RoseDennehy 
57WilcoxCaines 46D. JonesLowe 
67RileyDolman 46AmeobiWasui 
67CourtneyBaker 46PandianiConstantine 
77HaywardKnights 57AdamsonBartlett 
    80C. JonesGreen 
Kidderminster Hereford
Referee: Marvin Amphlett (Worcestershire)
Match Report by St@tto

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.