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City well beaten by high-flying Harriers

By Dan Simmonite | 22nd January 2022
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Aggborough Stadium
Saturday 22nd Jan - 15:00

City fell into the bottom half after a defeat to high-flying Kidderminster Harriers this afternoon at Aggborough.

Managed by former City captain Russ Penn and bolstered by former Minstermen Luke Simpson and Amari Morgan-Smith, the Harriers took control on home turf and cruised to a 3-0 win.

City were without midfielders Akil Wright and Paddy McLaughlin, which meant Michael Woods was given the nod in a midfield three on his return from injury.

The home side started the game well and looked dangerous from the wide areas with two early free kicks by Ashley Hemmings curled to the back post which caused problems for the City defence.

Hemmings continued to wreak havoc with balls into the box, and the Harriers had a chance to break the deadlock on 7 minutes, Alex Penny coming in from deep to head the winger’s corner just over the crossbar.

Remy Longdon made his first appearance for John Askey’s side after signing permanently from Lincoln City the day before and could have opened the scoring after the ball dropped to him inside the box, but the forward dragged his first-time strike inches wide.

Kidderminster then managed to break the deadlock 18 minutes in, former Minsterman Amari Morgan-Smith latching onto a ball over the top and rounding Pete Jameson before slotting into the bottom corner.

The Harriers pushed on and looked for a second with Morgan-Smith going close again by lifting one just wide at the front post following a cross.

However, it was his teammate Omari Sterling who gave his side a two-goal cushion in spectacular fashion – driving a 30-yard free kick up and over the wall and into the back of the net just before half time.

Maxim Kouogun was taken off at half time in favour of Matty Brown at the back, but chances for few and far between for City with the best effort coming on 56 minutes when Jack McKay skinned a defender on the byline and played to Dyson whose curling effort on goal was blocked.

Jameson then made a great save from a heavily deflected free kick to keep City in the game.

But Kiddy put the final nail in the coffin minutes later through captain Sam Austin who was played through by Hemmings and made no mistake with his finish into the bottom corner.

It looked like Kidderminster substitute Jaiden White had added a fourth to add insult to injury in the last minute of injury time, but to the relief of the City faithful he was called offside after slotting into the bottom corner.

The final whistle spelled the first defeat for City since the start of December and saw the club drop into the bottom half with three games in hand over top team Brackley Town.

City have a chance to bounce back on Tuesday night at home to Bradford (Park Avenue) – 7:45pm kick-off at the LNER Community Stadium.


York City: Jameson; Duckworth, Kouogun (Brown 45), Newton ©, Barrow; Dyson, Woods (Willoughby 69), Hancox; Longdon, Donaldson, McKay

Unused subs: Campbell, Haase, James


Kidderminster Harriers: Simpson, Penny, Richards, Auston © (Dinanga 77), Carrington, Morgan-Smith (White 82), Hemmings, Sterling, Bajrami, Redmond (Martin 64), Preston

Unused subs: Lowe, Foulkes

Goals: Morgan-Smith 18, Sterling 41, Austin 75


Referee: Dale Baines

Attendance:  2,444 (263 away fans)


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