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Report: Kidderminster Harriers 4-0 Spennymoor Town

  • Dominant Harriers take lead through full back Penny’s prodded finish
  • Eve makes multiple saves before Sterling hits long range strike
  • Austin and Freemantle add late goals to inflict heaviest defeat since November 2017

Attendance: 1420 (30 away fans)

Kidderminster Harriers 4

Penny 14

Sterling 58

Austin 81

Freemantle 90

Spennymoor Town 0

Moors suffered their heaviest defeat in four years on an afternoon to forget at Kidderminster.

Spennymoor had no answer to Harriers and drop two places to fifth in the division.

Tommy Miller gave new loan signing Jorge Sikora his debut in a defence also featuring John Lufudu from the start for the first time since September.

Harriers, evidently buoyed after four points from their last two games, began with a spark and looked threatening from the first minute.

The pace and trickery of Ashley Hemmings and Omari Sterling caused issues in the opening ten minutes, with Dale Eve being forced to collect a number of low efforts.

Eve was soon in the thick of the action again as Kidderminster took a deserved lead after fourteen minutes.

After Jason Kennedy failed to clear a long ball, full back Alex Penny snuck in between Joe Tait and Eve to prod a low shot into a vacated net.

Moors’ keeper remained down in the aftermath but was fit to continue after receiving treatment from Andy Oates, and he was required immediately from the restart when he collected Sam Austin’s goal bound strike.

Hemmings was next to try his luck but the winger lacked composure after playing a neat one-two with Amari Morgan-Smith, blasting wide of the post.

Moors created little in the first half, with Glen Taylor’s shot zipping over the bar and Rob Ramshaw trickling a shot wide of the post.

Tommy Miller cut a frustrated figure as Moors went in one goal behind at the break after a half dominated by Kidderminster, and the one way tide failed to cease in the early stages of the second period.

Morgan-Smith rounded Eve after a slide pass from Austin but hit the side netting before Hemmings was denied thanks to an excellent reflex saved from Moors’ keeper.

However, a long range strike from Sterling beat him soon after and doubled Harriers’ lead two minutes before the hour mark.

Austin saw an effort hit straight at Eve shortly after, before the game entered a scrappy lull for the first occasion, allowing Moors to make a collection of rare journeys upfield.

One of those almost led to a goal, with half time substitute Ryan Hall scooping a shot which rattled the post before bouncing kindly for Harriers goalkeeper Luke Simpson.

Moments later however, two became three for the home side. Austin had time to set himself on the edge of the area before curling a shot past Eve.

Brad Abbott tested Luke Simpson’s reflexes late on with a driven shot on the angle, with Harriers’ keeper up to the task.

Moors received one final blow in stoppage time when Luke Freemantle meandered into the area before slotting past Eve.

Kidderminster: Simpson, Penny, Richards, Cameron, Austin (C) (White), Carrington, Morgan-Smith (Freemantle), Hemmings (Clayton-Phillips), Sterling, Bajrami, Bonds.

Subs not used: Lowe, Martin.

Spennymoor Town: Eve, Lufudu, Kennedy (Hall 45), Tait, Sikora, McLean, Chandler, Moke, Abbott, Taylor (C), Ramshaw.

Subs not used: Flatters, Petterson, Anderson, Mulhern.

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