Match preview Vs Hereford FCVenue: AggboroughDate: 01-01-19Kick off: 15:00hrs

31-12-18 - Preview - Kidderminster Harriers Vs Hereford FC

So far Christmas has been a bad time to be a Harriers fan with just one point so far at home to a relegation threatened Curzon Ashton just before the festivities started. Then again at another side on the brink we lost out by the single late goal on Boxing Day. Two days ago we lost out to another late goal at Stockport County but they’re not threatened with relegation. If we keep on losing games we might be heading that way soon though.

The game on Boxing Day was at Hereford FC and tomorrow, at Aggborough, we’ll have the chance to put wrongs right, or will we?

Joel Taylor
Joel Taylor
Back to help us win the game

In the first game Ryan Johnson gave a way a stupid, soft penalty (more stupid than soft really) that gave the Bulls the easy winner. Although we were the dominant side throughout, and may have had loads more possession than them, we did nothing with it. We didn’t do much with our possession against Curzon or at Stockport either and therein lies the problem. What has gone wrong with our strikers and the supply to them?

Ed Williams, who didn’t play at Stockport, seems to be trying too hard and running into blind alleys. Dan Bradley is being played out of position (aren’t they all) and wanders around trying to work out where he fits in while Ashley Chambers has been losing confidence game after game until at Stockport he was almost invisible. We throw on George Waring with thirty minutes to spare and he gets no service.

The service is normally supplied by our defensive pairing of Lee Vaughan and Sam Austin and with both there’s no end product with any intended crosses either going out or not getting delivered in the first place. In the second half at Stockport Austin was played in his natural position of winger but still there was no end product from him. The fans are beginning to despair.

It now seems that the manager, Neil MacFarlane, has also noticed the problem at the back and has recalled Joel Taylor from his loan at Halesowen Town. Does that mean Austin will be playing in his correct position tomorrow? 

As expected Billy Daniels hasn’t recovered from the grievous bodily harm inflicted on him by Tom Owen-Evans at Edgar Street and will be out for a few weeks more. On Saturday Williams was out with a turned ankle so he could be doubtful for tomorrow. James Baxendale played forty five minutes at Edgeley Park although he was unwell while Johnson played the full ninety under the influence of Night Nurse. Both should be ok for tomorrow but expect more to have fallen foul of the bug.

No doubt if we are short on numbers we’ll be able to throw even more sixteen year old academy kids onto the bench while poor old Ed Wagner trains by himself on the side of the pitch. That was sad to see on Saturday and you have to feel sorry for the poor bloke. Shades of Liam Truslove come to mind.

Hereford will be on a high tomorrow following the first win against us then a 2-0 victory at home to Chester FC on Saturday. Add in previous recent wins and they have now won five games in six while we have only won one and drawn one in six.

They should be at full strength for the return game but hopefully they’ll have got the bug in their camp too.

There was talk at Stockport of a new defender coming in soon and the name of Josh Heaton was mentioned. He was with Darlington last season but joined St Mirren for a small fee last June. He has failed to settle there and is being allowed to leave but the cost of settlement could be a problem for us. There was also talk of another Darlington defender, Ben O’Hanlon, coming here but that seems to have died down. Maybe this Heaton rumour has more legs.

So what can we expect tomorrow? It’s a given that we’re going to be facing a Hereford side that will be buoyed by the wins against us and Chester. Will they be more up for the game than we are? Will we be able to put out a bench of first team players or will it be populated with kids while older players stay at home at deaths door.

Whatever we get we have to be better than we have for the past two months and go into the New Year with a great big win under our belts.

Photo © KHFC


Teams:

Harriers from:

Hall, Palmer, Phillips, Horsfall, Taylor, O’Connor, Penn, Vaughan, Johnson, Wagner, Baxendale, Weeks, Stratford, Taylor-Randle, Austin, Bradley, Chambers, K Richards, Williams, Waring.

Hereford FC from:

Horsell, Yates, Greenslade, Cullinane-Liburd, Thomas, Gowling, Wassall, Dielna, H Smith, Dinsley, E Richards, O’Sullivan, Murphy, Owen-Evans, Hockey, Finn, Wharton, Roberts. Lloyd, Franklin, L Smith, Symons.

Referee: Mr Steven Copeland. The Wirral


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Previous games against Hereford FC
 
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
26-12-2018 A Vanarama North 1 – 0   3210 (518)
Previous games as Hereford Utd
28-01-2014 A Skrill Premier 1 – 1 Gowling 2014 (340)
26-12-2013 H Skrill Premier 2 – 1 Gash, Jackman 3420 (321)
01-01-2013 H Blue Square Premier 0 – 1   3674 (586)
26-12-2012 A Blue Square Premier 0 – 1 Matt 2902 (755)
25-03-2006 A Nationwide Premier 0 – 1 Blackwood 4223 (398)
29-10-2005 H Nationwide Premier 1 – 1 Atieno 3241 (1031)
03-01-2000 H Nationwide Conference 1 – 1 Foster 4606
27-12-1999 A Nationwide Conference 1 – 1 Hadley 4447
02-01-1999 A Nationwide Conference 1 – 3 Taylor 2, May 2658
26-12-1998 H Nationwide Conference 1 – 0 Thomas 3188
14-12-1998 H Bob Lord Trophy 2nd rd 1 – 2 Arnold 645
01-01-1998 H Vauxhall Conference 1 – 4 Thomas 4693
26-12-1997 A Vauxhall Conference 1 – 0   4671
20-12-1989 H Welsh FA Cup 4th rd 1 – 3 Forsyth 1166
19-04-1989 A Welsh FA Cup SF 2nd leg 0 – 0   2936
06-03-1989 H Welsh FA Cup SF 1st leg 1 – 0 Dearlove 2703
30-11-1987 A Welsh FA Cup 3rd rd 0 – 3 Jones 3 944
22-04-1986 A Welsh FA Cup SF 2nd leg 3 – 1 Tuohy 3257
07-04-1986 H Welsh FA Cup SF 1st leg 4 – 1 Casey 2, Davies 2 2368
12-11-1973 H Border Counties League 2 – 2 Bingham, Ball  
19-02-1973 H Border Counties League 0 – 1   792
29-11-1972 A Border Counties League 2 – 3 P Wassall 2, McGee 746
02-10-1972 H Worcester Senior Cup Final 2nd leg 3 – 3 Jones, Lynch, B Wassall 1340
13-09-1972 A Worcester Senior Cup Final 1st leg 0 – 1 P Wassall 3158
29-11-1971 H Border Counties League 2 – 0 McKay, B Wassall 1101
18-11-1971 A Border Counties League 1 – 1 B Wassall 2677
03-05-1971 H Worcester Senior Cup Final 2nd leg 2 – 2 P Wassall, B Wassall 2024
26-04-1971 A Worcester Senior Cup Final 1st leg 0 – 1 Watson 2720
07-11-1970 A FA Cup 4th qual rd 5 – 0   6687
14-10-1970 A Border Counties League 2 – 2 Round, Chester 3480
05-10-1970 H Border Counties League 3 – 0 P Wassall, B Wassall, Henderson 1900
01-10-1969 H Border Counties League 3 – 1 P Wassall, B Wassall, Henderson 2200
17-09-1969 A Border Counties League 2 – 0   2917
28-02-1968 H Worcester Senior Cup 2nd rd replay 3 – 1 Gilbert, P Wassall, Marshall 1569
15-11-1967 A Worcester Senior Cup 2nd rd 0 – 0   2971
19-10-1966 H FA Cup 4th qual rd replay 2 – 4 Henderson, Holbutt 4994
15-10-1966 A FA Cup 4th qual rd 1 – 1 Salisbury 7046
03-04-1965 H Worcester Senior Cup SF replay 4 – 1 Gilbert 3, Buxton 2430
24-02-1965 A Worcester Senior Cup SF 0 – 0   3341
17-09-1958 A Southern League North West 1 – 0   2896
26-08-1958 H Southern League North West 1 – 3 Mitchell 1203
08-02-1958 H Southern League 0 – 1   1100
28-09-1957 A Southern League 5 – 0   4987
09-02-1957 H Southern League 3 – 0 Coulson, McCabe, OG 860
29-09-1956 A Southern League 1 – 0   3432
03-09-1956 H Southern League Cup 1st rd 2nd leg 1 – 7 Basterfield  
29-08-1956 A Southern League Cup 1st rd 1st leg 5 – 1 Knight 3155
25-02-1956 H Southern League 2 – 2 Haycox, Hardiman 1085
15-10-1955 A Southern League 0 – 1 Cocum 3540
04-05-1955 H Worcester Senior Cup Final 0 – 1    
29-01-1955 A Southern League 3 – 0   2861
20-09-1954 H Southern League 3 – 2 Hitchens 2, Hardiman  
02-09-1954 A Southern League Cup Final 2nd leg 1 – 1 Lesz 3345
26-08-1954 H Southern League Cup Final 1st leg 2 – 1 Treherne, Lesz 3066
26-04-1954 H Southern League 3 – 0 McCabe 2, Treherne  
06-04-1954 A Southern League 0 – 1 Lesz 2289
03-03-1954 H Hereford Senior Cup SF 3 – 0 Hardiman 2, Millington 826
10-02-1954 H Southern League Cup 2nd rd replay 2 – 3 Hitchens 2  
07-01-1954 A Southern League Cup 2nd rd 2 – 2 Heron, Millington 2099
14-02-1953 A Southern League 6 – 3 Danby, Paxton, Muir 2822
01-11-1952 H Southern League 0 – 2    
16-02-1952 A Southern League 3 – 0   4791
03-11-1951 H Southern League 0 – 2   3800
05-04-1951 A Southern League 3 – 1 Tatum 3331
20-01-1951 H Southern League 1 – 1 Raine  
30-09-1950 H FA Cup 1st qual rd 0 – 1   4726
14-01-1950 A Southern League 4 – 2 Galley, Jowett 4235
24-12-1949 H Southern League 3 – 0 Haycox 3  
26-12-1948 A Southern League 2 – 2 Jones, Haycox 6180
25-12-1948 H Southern League 2 – 4 Setchell 2 2596
27-11-1948 H FA Cup 1st rd 0 – 3   9155
10-04-1948 A B’ham & District League 2 – 3 Jowett 2, Setchell  
14-02-1948 A B’ham & District League Cup 2nd rd 1 – 3 Welham, Pears 2  
27-09-1947 H B’ham & District League 3 – 3 Salter, Salters 2319
28-08-1939 A Southern League 2 – 1 Archibald 3853
29-04-1939 A B’ham & District League Cup 0 – 1 ?  
08-04-1939 H B’ham & District League Cup 2 – 1 ?  
03-12-1938 A Keys Cup 2 – 4 ?  
23-11-1938 H Keys Cup 4 – 0 ?  
04-05-1938 H B’ham & District League Cup 2 – 1 ? 2543
15-01-1938 A B’ham & District League 1 – 1 ?  
08-12-1937 H B’ham Senior Cup 5 – 2 ?  
20-11-1937 A B’ham Senior Cup 0 – 0    
04-09-1937 H B’ham & District League 1 – 0 ?  
27-02-1937 A B’ham & District League 0 – 2 ?  
01-08-1936 H B’ham & District League 1 – 3 ?  
07-12-1935 H B’ham & District League 3 – 0 ?  
26-04-1935 H B’ham & District League 3 – 1 ?  
10-12-1932 H B’ham & District League 4 – 6 ?  
07-04-1932 A B’ham & District League 2 – 1 ?  
13-12-1930 A B’ham & District League 0 – 0    
01-09-1930 H B’ham & District League 4 – 1 ?  
12-01-1929 A B’ham Senior Cup 3 – 1 ?  
22-12-1928 A B’ham & District League 6 – 3 ?  
15-12-1928 H B’ham & District League 2 – 2 ?  
14-01-1928 A B’ham Senior Cup 2 – 1 ?  
18-09-1926 H FA Cup 4 – 2 ?  
09-09-1925 H B’ham Senior Cup 4 – 3 ?  
06-09-1924 H FA Cup 7 – 2 ?