Saturday, January 02, 2021

Hereford continue unbeaten run with point at Aggborough

Hereford are now unbeaten in six games in all competitions after drawing 1-1 at Kidderminster today.

Both sides netted penalties, with Lenell John-Lewis' second half spotkick cancelling out Ashley Hemmings' first half goal for Harriers.

John-Lewis was expected to again miss out for Hereford due to a hamstring injury, but was a surprise inclusion in Josh Gowling's side. Yan Klukowski also returned to the team, while there was ala starting place for James McQuilkin, who opened the scoring for the Bulls in a 3-1 win over Harriers on Boxing Day.

Like they did at Edgar Street, Kidderminster started the better of the two teams and Ethan Freemantle forced a save from Brandon Hall. He then headed over from the resulting corner.

The home side were then awarded a penalty in the 13th minute after Klukowski brought down Sam Austin and Hemmings converted.

Hemmings almost doubled Harrier's lead 10 minutes later but his curling effort produced a fine save from Hall. And then Hall denied Alex Prosser.

I the half-hour mark, Tom Owen-Evans had a goal disallowed for Hereford after John-Lewis was deemed to have committed a foul in the build-up, while Hemmings fired wide at the other end. 

Kidderminster had further chances before the half was up and Hereford were probably fortunate that they were only one goal behind.

Klukowski was booked for the penalty that led to Kidderminster's goal and was replaced by Giles Coke at half time.

Hereford started to get back into the game and looked a far bigger threat than they did in the first half. In the 54th minute, Chris Camwell had a shot saved before a McQuilkin free kick led to John-Lewis firing wide.

Moments later, Kyle Finn was denied as Hereford piled on the pressure. Hemmings did have a chance at the other end in the 61st minute but Hall came rushing out to thwart him. Five minutes later, the Bulls were awarded a penalty after Lewis Montrose was deemed to have handled the ball and John-Lewis duly stepped up to convert it.

Kidderminster duly made a double change as manager Russ Penn tried to change things, but it was Hereford who were at this stage the better side. McQuilkin saw an effort saved in the 72nd minute while John-Lewis had an effort on goal seven minutes from time. Camwell then almost put Hereford ahead in the 88th minute but there were little clear-chut chances and the match finished 1-1.

Gowling will be pleased with how his side got back into the game, and after a poor first half, were much better in the second. Four points from six against a a good Kidderminster side is an excellent return and it's pleasing that Hereford are looking much more competitive than they did a month or so ago.

Next up is another tough fixture when the Bulls make the long trip to Spennymoor for a rearranged game on Tuesday.

Kidderminster: Simpson, Penny, Richards, Maxwell, Lowe, Montrose, Austin, Hemmings (Martin 78), Prosser (Cowley 70), Freemantle (Sterling 70), Moyo. Subs not used: Palmer, Arthur. 

Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss, Haines, Grimes, Camwell, Owen-Evans, Finn, John-Lewis, McQuilkin, Lloyd, Klukowski (Coke 46). Subs not used: White, Forsyth, Dy Jones, Mooney.