Venue: Aggborough Date: 21-11-23 Harriers 1 Hartlepool Utd 1 Att: 2163 (away fans: 132)

21-11-23. Kidderminster Harriers 1 Hartlepool Utd 1. Match report

A point. At last.

Report: Cal’s Spongebag

The Harriers halted their run of four consecutive losses and secured a point against a lively Hartlepool team tonight.

On Monday, Richard Lane announced a ‘dynamic partnership’ with Roxel. Fans may wonder whether there is still a dynamic partnership between Richard and Russ Penn. Whether Richard gave Russ a rocket or not is unclear, but Penn certainly gave his squad a wake up call by making five changes. In what appeared to be a 4-4-2 line up, Ashley Hemmings returned to partner Amari Morgan-Smith, also coming into the team were Reiss McNally, Jack Lambert, Kai Lissimore and Ryan McLean.

Hartlepool dominated possession with crisp passing and in the seventh minute, after a period of pressure, a cross from Tom Crawford, was turned into his own net by Reiss McNally. It dribbled past Dibble.

Ten minutes later, McNally had a chance to make amends when he missed a clear header from six yards. It was mostly Hartlepool, though, and Dibble was lucky to see a lob go past his post.

On thirty minutes things changed. Jack Lambert had a shot pushed away by Joel Dixon. From the resultant corner, Morgan-Smith ran onto Lambert’s kick and, hardly challenged, headed the ball into the net to great excitement from the Aggborough faithful. Confidence started to appear from Harriers and Ryan McLean had a one on one with Dixon which the keeper smothered.

HT: 1 – 1

Sammy Robinson, who was having an outstanding match, was replaced by Caleb Richards at half-time – an apparent injury which does not appear too serious.

The game opened up more in the second half with the away side having the majority of the play and more chances. The ball passed Dibble’s post on the correct side a couple of times and he also made a number of solid saves, most notably a spread-eagled point blank stop from ex-Harrier Mani Dieseruvwe. On one occasion a cross seemed to glance the goal frame.

At many times Harriers appeared to fall into a 4-5-1 set up but they were not without chances, most notably when an excellent move down the right from Bailey Hobson released Ryan McLean. His excellent cross found Ashley Hemmings who couldn’t find a way past the Hartlepool keeper.

Morgan-Smith had a good chance but his headed effort was ill-directed. When the final whistle blew, Harriers would have been relieved as it was a match which they could very easily have lost by a couple of goals.

In his program notes Russ Penn said ‘the golden rule is to make sure you take a point and move on’. Let’s hope we do.

FT: 1 – 1

Goals for Harriers: Morgan-Smith 31

Goals for Hartlepool Utd: McNally (og) 7

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Robinson 46 
McNallyOwn Goal  
Lissimore 90 
Lambert 70 
Richards 46 
Brown 90 
Tollitt 70 
Hartlepool UtdGoalsSubsTimeCards
Paterson 63 
Crawford 89 
Ferguson 63
Grey 89 
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