Harriers 3 Hereford Utd 2 Report by Harry Taylor
At Aggborough tonight it was a deceptive score, but not a deceptive performance as Harriers swept past a lacklustre Hereford United in this friendly derby.
In goal for the first time was not Dean Coleman but a new keeper in the shape of ex-Barnsley man Kyle Letheren who was on trial with the Harriers. He did himself no harm in his bid to secure a possible contract with a fine performance for the Harriers.
The outfield players were much changed with an Aaron Farrell and Rob Elvins attack line that may have at first not looked particularly worrying for the returning Keith Lowe and the Hereford back line but they had given them a fair few worries by half time. Adam Bartlett also returned to Aggborough to a warm welcome.
The game kicked off with Hereford having the first chances, the most notable was a long range shot from Akanni-Sunday Wasui that went wide of the mark, then Harriers appeared to get a control on the game and more possession and this paid off when Brian Smikle played a weak shot to Adam Bartlett who dived and toe-poked the ball into his own net for a comical, yet well deserved first goal.
Another ex-Harrier was to blame for the second when Keith Lowe dallied on the ball in the defence and Aaron Farrell snuck in and took the ball from him, advanced on goal, and then slotted it past Adam Bartlett for another goal and the second of the game.
For the rest of the half it was all Harriers with Hereford not looking very dangerous, most of their attacks coming from the Adebayor look alike Leon Constantine. Kidderminster created another chance through Darryl Knights who turned the Hereford defender inside out before hitting a well stuck shot against the outside of the post and away, much to Adam Bartlett’s relief.
As the second half arrived the score was 2-0 to the Harriers.
The second half started as the first ended, with Harriers controlling the game and Hereford getting even less of a sniff as Constantine had now left the pitch for Tomi Ameobi. The first action of any danger was a free kick, awarded by the Howard Webb look alike ref, which Darryl Knights delivered with power but it was cut out by the first defender.
Soon after that the Harriers were three up.
With around seventy minutes on the clock Matthew Barnes-Homer ran forward and, while unmarked, from thirty yards out unleashed a cracker of a shot that was reminiscent of Dean Bennett's against Wolves, this time though Barnes-Homer found the top corner of the net leaving Chris Adamson clutching thin air.
It was at this point that Hereford tried to build a comeback with Frank Pandiani getting the first with a well placed shot that Letheren had little chance of saving and then Tomi Ameobi got a firm head to a cross which flew past the Harriers triallist keeper and into the net and they were on the road to a possible comeback.
It was not to be as Harriers walked away 3-2 winners and could take the performance very positively. Aaron Farrell had a very good game and impressed me where he has not before, Smikle was also good as was Knights.
Personally I thought Letheren looks a better bet than Coleman does, but I would say that. I wait to see how he does against WBA Friday night.
Kyle Letheren, Liam Dolman (Duane Courtney 66), Gavin Caines (Joe Wilcox 56), Tom Sharpe, Lee Baker (Martin Riley 66), David McDermott, Chris McPhee, Brian Smikle, Darryl Knights (Nathan Hayward 76), Rob Elvins (Matthew Barnes-Homer 53), Aaron Farrell.
Adam Bartlett, Ryan Green, Ryan Valentine, Kenny Lunt, Keith Lowe, Darren Denneh, Marc Manga, Jamie Tolley, Sunday Wasui, Leon Constantine, Marc Pugh.
Subs (2nd half): Chris Adamson, Darren Jones, Tony Ameobi, Frank Pandiani, Craig Jones, Sam Gwynne, Matt Done, Mustapha Dumbaye, Danny Thomas, James McQuilkin, Richard Rose.
625 (175 away)