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- Harriers 3
- Lincoln 0
- Chey Dunkley heads Harriers into the lead in the 24th minute
- Dunkley makes it 2-0 in the 62nd minute
- Marvin Johnson makes it 3-0 in the 84th minute
- HARRIERS commence their home fixtures in the 2014-15 Vanarama Conference against Alfreton Town on Tuesday evening (7.45pm ko). To keep up with the action, follow The Shuttle's live match updates.
That is it! Harriers deservedly record a fine home win after completely controlling the game. There will be tougher opponents than Alfreton this season but the second alf performance will be a big boost of confidence for Gary Whild's players.
We have had a number of changes for both sides. Marvin Johnson and Byrne were replaced by Gittings and Styche.
For Alfreton, Nathan Hicks and Julian McDonald were on for Clayton and Howell.
A cross from the right by Hodgkiss is headed home by Johnson to seal an industrious evening for the winger.
Goal! Johnson! Harriers 3-0 up.
83- Great shot by Aman Verma! The midfielder is out on the left and smashes in a dipping left-footed effort that the keeper tips over!
81- Dan Bradley runs through and thinks he has won a corner but the flag goes up for a goal-kick.
79- Alfreton have finally woke up and win their first corner. But the danger is cleared easily.
76- Harriers' first change. Michael Gash replaces the rampaging Nathan Blissett.
74- Lee Stevenson replaces Dan Gray for Alfreton.
70- Good work by Verma and Blissett forces a corner. Storer delivers from the left but it's too long and Dunkley can't complete his hat-trick.
Harriers' popular defender makes it 2-0 in the 62nd minute. Heading home at the far post from a Nicholson ball.
Goal! Dunkley! Harriers 2-0 up!
60- Chance! Reid sees his shot saved by keeper Harris-Stewart.
57- Harriers win a corner. Clayton heads behind at near post for a second corner.
Nicholson's flies across goal and just needs a touch but it is cleared behind for a third. This time Alfreton finally clear.
56- Delay as Luke Graham needs treatment after being fouled by Blissett. The former Hereford man is okay to continue.
53- Harriers are playing the ball in the air a lot. The initial action of a defender is to play it forward as quick as they can. It is not pretty but it is effective.
51- Nothing much has happened in the second half. Harriers are seeing more of the ball but have not really tested Alfreton.
Second half is under way.
The players are back out on the pitch. Kidderminster have been good value for their lead but can they add a second?
That is the break. Harriers thoroughly deserve their lead but a second goal would be nice. Alfreton have had two shots, both of target, so are not exactly causing any problems but it's always nice to have a cushion.
44- Blissett continues to put a shift in. This time he defends from the front and blocks a long ball from Chris Smith.
41- Blissett does well to hold off Lathaniel Rowe-Turner and back heel the ball into path of Johnson but it was too long for the wideman.
39- Nathan Bissett, who has put himself about and won most balls in the air, races onto a pass from Kyle Storer but is off side.
37- Another free-kick by Storer and Aman Verma heads wide.
34- A long throw in from Kevin Nicholson is cleared but Jack Byrne tries an overhead kick which flies wide.
33- Nothing has really happened since the goal. Alfreton have tried to come forward but have not troubled Kidderminster.
27- Goal was thoroughly deserved, Harriers had been dominating the game.
Chey Dunkley scores Harriers' first goal of the season. He meets Storer's corner with a powerful header which flies into the back of the net.
24- Goal! Dunkey!
22- Josh Gowling gets a elbow in the head from Paul Clayton while they vie in the air.
18- Chey Dunkley has a powerful header which is cleared off the line. Harriers go very close to breaking the deadlock.
18- Chance! Johnson plays in a lovely pass, which Reid slots just wide.
16- Good pressing by Craig Reid forces Harriers' first corner of the game.
Kevin Nicholson's corner is headed away and falls to Marvin Johnson 20-yards out and he volleys over the bar.
12- Ex-Harriers midfielder Dan Bradley goes for goal and his decent long range effort is wide.
11- Nearly a moment for Harriers. Storer picks out Johnson on the left but the winger can't quite keep the ball in play.
9- Thr game has been scrappy so far and every time Josh Gowling has the ball he tries to play it long to the forwards.
3- Harriers passing the ball around nicely. Kyle Storer sees a free-kick cleared away.
1) Jack Byrne has a sight of goal and curls a decent effort just wide.
Alfreton make two changes from the side which lost to Woking. In come Jordan Keane and Jake Sheridan, with Tom Shaw and Lee Stevenson on the bench.
Two changes for Harriers. Marvin Johnson and Jack Byrne in for Ahmed Obeng and Callum Gittings. Otherwise, Kiddy are unchanged.
Alfreton: Harris-Stewart, Gray, Rowe-Turner, Graham, Smith, Keane, Wood, Howell, Clayton, Sheridan, Bradley.
Subs: Stevenson, Shaw, Hicks, McFadzean, McDonald.
Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire)
Harriers: Lewis, Hodgkiss, Storer, Dunkley, Byrne, Johnson, Reid, Blissett, Verma, Nicholson, Gowling.
Subs: Gash, Styche, Grimes, Gittings, Singh.
I have arrived at Aggborough. Harriers players are warming up as we speak.
Big game tonight, nerves starting to kick in. All being well a home debut. Not had one of those for a while!!— @kevnicho3 12 August 2014
Gary Whild admits he wants Kidderminster to try and avenge their two Conference defeats to Alfreton when they tackle them at Aggborough tonight.
He said: “You don’t like to be beaten twice and they were two key games for us.
“At their place, second game in, we were coming off the back of a good win on the Saturday and, here at Aggborough, three points would have been a big thing for us to get on the day when they beat us.
“From that point of view we want to try and put that right on Tuesday.”
He added: “It was a decent start on Saturday, not just with the result but also the performance, especially in the second half when we did enough to win the game."
Hi folks, I will be back from 7pm with all the team news and build-up to Harriers' first home game of the season.
Gary Whild will be keen for his side to build on a useful point at Lincoln on Saturday against the visitors from Derbyshire.
Jack Byrne could be back after missing out on Saturday because of injury, while Marvin Johnson and Michael Gash made strong claims to start after eye-catching substitute displays at Sincil Bank.
Alfreton boss Nicky Law won't be in the technical area as he has been hit with a six-game stadium ban for an incident last season. That means Russ O'Neill, and newly-appointed coach Ronnie Glavin will be in charge of Alfreton.
Harriers' rivals suffered a 3-1 loss at home to Woking on Saturday and last season recorded a league double over Kidderminster.