MATCH CENTRE | Kidderminster Harriers

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SETTING THE SCENE

Moors make the long trip to Worcestershire on Saturday to face a Kidderminster side who currently sit one place outside the play-off places.

The game will represent a first game in 12 days for Jason Ainsley’s side following two postponements against Guiseley and Bradford (Park Avenue) in the last week.

Results have gone Moors’ way over the unwanted break, with Stockport County losing at Brackley Town, narrowing the gap between the top three to seven points after Chorley’s win over Harriers last Saturday.

That was Kidderminster’s first defeat since mid-February following a draw at Blyth Spartans and wins against Ashton United and Nuneaton Borough. They lie four points away from the side occupying the final spot in the play-offs, AFC Telford United.

The two sides met as recently as January on a night of high drama and bizarre decisions at The Brewery Field. Goals from Andrew Johnson and Ryan Hall earned Moors the three points, but the game is remembered for the referee’s decision not to award a handball on the line from Lee Vaughan, denying Glen Taylor a clear goal.

That win signalled the start of Spennymoor’s blistering run of form which has given them a serious chance of challenging for the National League North title.

STATS CENTRE

  • Kidderminster have conceded more goals (50) than six of the 14 teams below them, including 19thplace Guiseley, but there total of 56 goals scored is the highest of any side outside the play-off places.
  • After losing just three of their first 15 games in all competitions this season, Harriers have tasted defeat in 11 of there last 22 matches.
  • The last meeting between the two sides at Aggborough was 511 days ago on Saturday 21stOctober 2017, with the game ending 2-2.
  • Spennymoor have conceded just 16 goals away from home this season in the league in 17 games, an average of less than a goal a game (0.94)
  • Moors have collected 10 points from a possible 24 against the top sides currently in the top ten away from home this season.

LAST TIME WE MET

THE OPPOSITION

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It’s been a mixed bag for Kidderminster Harriers so far this season. They began the campaign under the management of Neil MacFarlane, and after a scintillating August and September, in which they remained unbeaten in their first nine, winning five, Harriers were one of the favourites for the title. But, a mid season slump which saw them suffer heavy back to back home defeats to Southport and Chorley signalled a poor run of form over the festive period. Despite a 2-1 win over Hereford on New Year’s Day, Harriers lost five from six between Boxing Day and 12th January, including the 2-1 loss at Moors.

The defeat at The Brewery Field was the first after the sacking of MacFarlane, who was dismissed following a 3-0 defeat at Darlington just three days previous. The man chosen to get Kiddy’s season back on track was a familiar face around Aggborough, Mark Yates. He is no stranger to Aggborough having twice played for the club and managed the team between 2006 and 2009.

The 49-year-old, previously in charge of Cheltenham, Crawley, Macclesfield and Solihull Moors since leaving Kidderminster, stepped in following a brief spell under the guidance of chairman Colin Gordon. His first game in charge saw Harriers win 4-1 at home to Chester, and despite defeats to York and Chorley, results and performances have picked up since.

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LAST FIVE RESULTS

 9/3/19 | NLN | Chorley 3-0 KIDDERMINSTER

2/3/19 | NLN | KIDDERMINSTER 4-1 Nuneaton

26/2/19 | NLN | Ashton United 0-1 KIDDERMINSTER

23/2/19 | NLN | Blyth 3-3 KIDDERMINSTER

16/2/19 | NLN | KIDDERMINSTER 1-2 York

ONE TO WATCH | ASHLEY CHAMBERS

Pacy forward Chambers joined Harriers from Nuneaton Borough on a two year deal ahead of the 2018/19 season.

The 28 year old can name Grimsby Town, York City, Dagenham & Redbridge and Leicester City amongst his former clubs, the latter of which he holds the record for the club’s youngest first team player aged 15 years and 203 days.

Chambers has 11 goals and six assists to his name this season, scoring a hat-trick against former side Nuneaton Borough a fortnight ago.

INFO FOR TRAVELLING MOORS SUPPORTERS

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HOW YOU GET there

BY CAR

  • From Birmingham, Wolverhampton and North (M5) – Exit M5 at junction (signposted A456) and follow towards Kidderminster (approximately 12 miles). At the roundabout on Kidderminster Ring Road, take the first exit (signposted A451 Stourport). At the next roundabout, take the first exit (signposted A448 Bromsgrove), then take the first turning on right (Hoo Road). Aggborough is approximately half a mile along on the left hand side.
  • From Worcester and South (M5) – Exit M5 at junction 6 (signposted A449) and follow towards Kidderminster (approximately 15 miles). At the first roundabout, take the third exit (signposted A449, Kidderminster & Wolverhampton), then take the first turning on left before railway bridge. Go down Hoo Road, over the railway bridge, and Aggborough Stadium is on the right hand side.
  • From South-East (M40 & M42) – Leave M5 at junction 4 (signposted A491 Stourbridge). After approximately 5 miles, turn left onto the A456 and follow towards Kidderminster. At the roundabout on Kidderminster Ring Road, take the first exit (signposted A451 Stourport). At next roundabout, take the first exit (signposted A448 Bromsgrove), then take the first turning on right (Hoo Road). Aggborough Stadium is approximately half a mile along on the left hand side.

BY RAIL
Kidderminster Station (0.5 miles from Aggborough Stadium). Walk down Comberton Hill towards the town centre and take the left turning just before Motorway Tyres near the bottom of the hill. Walk up Hoo Road for approximately half a mile to Aggborough Stadium.

Distances from Kidderminster

  • Wolverhampton – 17 miles
  • Birmingham – 19 miles
  • Birmingham International Airport – 29 miles
  • Worcester – 16 miles
  • Stourbridge – 7 miles

WHERE TO GO:

For the vast majority of matches at Aggborough, away fans will be seated in the East Stand, an all-seated stand that runs the length of the pitch, offering fantastic views of the pitch.

Where a large travelling contingent is expected, away supporters will also then be housed in the South Stand terrace, which is behind the goal to the right hand side of the tunnel as you enter the pitch.

Visiting Aggborough to support Harriers? Head to the North Stand terrace or the seated EBC Main Stand or East Stand.

HOW MUCH:

As stated above, away fans will most times be housed in the East Stand seating only. In accordance with league rules this means you’d pay:

  • £15 – for adults
  • £9 – for Over 60s
  • £3- for anyone under the age of 16.
  • FREE for youngsters aged five and under.

In the event that away fans are given the choice of either seating or standing, the price for seating increases to £17 and £12 respectively with U16s at £5, those under 5 still being free.

FOOD AND DRINK

There are refreshment facilities within easy reach for away fans at Aggborough wherever they’re housed, so make sure you sample some of the legendary Aggborough Soup or maybe the Cottage Pie. We strongly recommend leaving plenty of room before tucking in!

PROGRAMMES

Programmes at Aggborough are £3 and are packed with details covering both teams plus plenty of other great content.

PARKING

Car Parking is available at either end of the stadium, at the South Stand Car Park (£5.00 per car, £10.00 per mini bus and £15 per coach), and Stadium Close Car Park (£3 a match day). No other parking around the area of the stadium is permitted.

SMOKING

In compliance with national law, Aggborough Stadium is a fully non-smoking venue within all enclosed and semi-enclosed areas. This includes the use of e-cigarettes.