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Match Preview and Guide | Kidderminster Harriers (H)

William Bewsey
11:04am, Fri 1st Mar 2024
Woking vs Kidderminster Harriers
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 5th March 2024
19:45 Kick-Off

Woking kick off March with a six pointer against a rejuvenated Kidderminster Harriers.

Following last Tuesday’s late, late drama against Gateshead, Michael Doyle will be hoping for back-to-back wins for the first time under his leadership, as the Cards look to extend their unbeaten home run to four games.

With Jermaine Anderson suspended following his sending off for two bookings, there is an opening in the Woking midfield for Saturday, and substitutes Dennon Lewis, Ricky Korboa and Jayden Luker all impressed off the bench; Korboa netting the winner against the Heed.

Opposition Watch
When Phil Brown arrived in Worcestershire, no one really gave his side a chance at survival. Ahead of hosting Aldershot in his first league game, Kiddy were seven points adrift of safety with 20 points from 28 games.

Eight games later, and six wins, a draw and their only defeat coming at home to Gateshead means Harriers now have 39 points from 36 games, leaving them just a point off exiting the drop zone for the first time since September.

On Tuesday night, they also had a crucial win against a playoff contender, a 1-0 away win at Solihull Moors, however, much like the Cards, they had a player sent off late on for two bookings. Krystian Pearce will miss the game through suspension, which means Harriers will have to find a new partner for star centre back Alex Penny.

Phil Brown has also brought in several players to help the cause, most notably veteran forward Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Last at Jamshedpur FC in India, he featured for two minutes off the bench for his first appearance since April 2023 on Tuesday night.

Last Time Out
With this being the reverse fixture of the opening day of the season, the Cards and the Harriers played out an eventful 0-0 draw at Aggborough back at the start of August.

The last meeting before that was a 1-1 draw between the sides in March 2016 at the Laithwaite as despite Kiddy’s relegation that season, Woking picked up just a single point from the two games.

Overall, in 40 matches between the sides, Woking have won 13, Kiddy have won 16, and there have been 11 draws.

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Match Report | Cards leave it late against Kiddy

William Bewsey
9:42pm, Tue 5th Mar 2024
Woking 2-1 Kidderminster Harriers
Vanarama National League
5th March 2024

Michael Doyle made two changes to the side who dramatically beat Gateshead last Tuesday. Illness to Timi Odusina meant that Scott Cuthbert replaced him in the side, whilst Jermaine Anderson, suspended following his red card against the Heed, was replaced by Tunji Akinola in the midfield.

Woking kicked off the game towards the KRE, and their first sight of goal came inside the first two minutes, when Will Jaaskelainen’s long kick bounced into the path of Lewis Walker, but he couldn’t quite connect and his shot rolled into the hands of Christian Dibble.

Just six minutes in, a shot from Charley Kendall was spilled by Dibble, and substitute Ricky Korboa tapped in, but was immediately flagged offside. Just a minute later, and Jaaskelainen was forced into a superb save to deny Caleb Richards’ strike from nestling into the back of the net.

But after a scramble inside the box on 11 minutes, Woking failed to clear their lines. The ball fell to Jack Lambert, whose strike looped over Jaaskelainen and found the top corner.

Not too much happened for the rest of the first half, with Harriers defending well whilst looking dangerous when they advanced forwards. A couple of interceptions apiece were required to prevent cutbacks, but both keepers didn’t have much to do. Woking, however, had work to do to get back into the game and to break down a stubborn Kiddy defence.

Half-time: Woking 0-1 Kidderminster Harriers

With ten minutes gone in the second half, Michael Doyle turned to his bench, and brought Luton loanee Jayden Luker on for Tunji Akinola.

A big chance for Kiddy to double their lead went begging on the hour mark when a cross from the right was met by Richards, but he couldn’t convert from just outside the six yard box. Good work from Luker down the left hand side with 66 minutes gone ended in a low cross from Casey being well cleared by the Harriers’ backline.

After great work from Wilkinson down the byline to keep the ball in with 70 minutes gone, he found Luker on the edge of the box. His shot flew towards Dibble’s top corner, forcing the keeper to make a brilliant outstretched save to his top left.

Jaaskelainen was forced into a good low save to deny Lambert from a free kick minutes later, before a surprise Woking equaliser on 75 minutes. Curtis Edwards’ low drive from a free kick was spilled by Dibble and into the middle of the net, giving the Cards a huge lift.

Another Luker strike from outside the box with 81 minutes gone tested Dibble as the Cards ramped up the pressure. Good work from Oyeleke in the midfield found Kendall on the edge of the box, but his shot landed into the midriff of Dibble.

Woking were awarded a penalty on 88 minutes when Korboa took the ball past his defender, before being shoved to the ground as he aimed to pull the trigger. Kendall’s penalty was clawed away by Dibble… but only onto the head of the striker as he bundled the ball into the back of the net to send the Laithwaite wild.

A huge three points for the Cards ahead of two big trips up North, and more resolve shown from this team at home.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Dan Moss, Josh Casey, Luke Wilkinson, Lewis Walker (Korboa 5’), Manny Oyeleke, Scott Cuthbert, Tunji Akinola (Luker 56’), Curtis Edwards, Charley Kendall (Kelly-Evans 92’), Max Dyche

Unused subs: Osew, Ince

Bookings: Dyche 39’, Korboa 48’, Edwards 62’, Moss 77’

Goals: Edwards 75’, Kendall 89’

Kidderminster Harriers: Christian Dibble, Caleb Richards, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Reiss McNally, Amari Morgan-Smith, Ashley Hemmings, Jack Lambert (Griffiths 80’), Zak Brown, Cole Kpekawa, Sam Bellis (Omotayo 68’), Shane Byrne (Emmanuel-Thomas 90’)

Unused subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Hesketh, Emmanuel-Thomas

Bookings: Lambert 70’
Goals: Lambert 12’

Attendance: 2310

Man of the Match: Curtis Edwards found a way through, and from that moment on he never looked back.
Kidderminster Harriers LINEUP
21Christian Dibble
4Nathaniel Knight-Percival
3Caleb Richards
6Reiss McNally
22Cole Kpekawa
14Zak Brown
23Shane Byrne ('90)
10Ashley Hemmings
11Jack Lambert ('81)
9Amari Morgan-Smith
19Sam Bellis ('68)
12Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain
24Regan Griffiths ('81)
26Owen Hesketh
27Gold Omotayo ('68)
30Jay Emmanuel-Thomas ('90)

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