Kidderminster Harriers recorded a fortuitous victory over former rivals Rushden and Diamonds at Aggborough this evening, despite disorganised and poor defending at times coupled with a sharp looking Rushden side. Dave Hankin returned to the side following an impressive display against Southport but again failed to impress on home soil. The away side boasted the likes of Tim Sills formerly of Torquay United who is a proven striker in this league.
After a quiet opening quarter of an hour the Harriers opened the scoring following a corner from the left from Matty Blair which missed the players in the box. Hankin then picked the ball up and ran into the area only to be taken down by Michael Corcoran. The referee subsequently gave a penalty which was hit into the left hand side of the goal by Chris McPhee, banishing memories of his penalty miss against Rushden last season.
Following the Harriers taking the lead Rushden nearly earned themselves an equaliser after Rene Howe received the ball on the left hand side then ran into the box and slotted a ball across the face of goal to Sills who should've buried the ball into the net but he sidefooted his effort onto the top of the bar and over.
Howe was providing the Harriers with no end of problems and he nearly got a goal for himself just after when again he received the ball on the left and, with nobody closing him down, cut into the area and hit a shot straight at Danny Lewis who tipped it over the bar. The resulting corner came to nothing.
The next and last major event of the half was a somewhat arguable booking for Jamie Day in the respect that it could've been a red after he steamed in on Dave Hankin possibly with both feet and walked away with a yellow from the more than lenient referee.