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Match Report


Posted Tue 18 Aug 15 at 22:29 PM

Wrexham travelled to old foes Kidderminster Harriers and extended their winning run to three games, as over 1,000 travelling fans roared the lads onto victory - #TeamWrexham 

Defender Manny Smith set us in our way in the first half as he connected with Sean Newton’s free kick to head us in front. 

The big man was then involved with home striker Reece Styche, who saw red early in the second half and moments later the boot of Sean Newton extended our advantage 

Then in the fifth minute added time a long clearance was tapped on and Adam Smith coolly chipped the advancing keeper to wrap up the points. 

The early pressure went the way of the visitors and a rising shot on five minutes from Wes York whistled only just over the Harriers crossbar, before a free kick ended with Manny Smith heading narrowly wide a few minutes later. 

The side benefitted from the referee allowing playing to continue on 11 minutes, with Adriano Moke left lying on the ground and Aman Verma running at Jamal Fyfield, just getting by the defender, but his shot from the edge of the box was pulled wide of the far post and carried out for a goal kick. 

There was a booking for Moke on 14 minutes, after he pulled down Tahvon Campbell, out wide and close to the Wrexham right hand corner flag. 

Adam Dawson delivered in the set piece and the ball bounced kindly for Jordan Tunnicliffe six yards out, but with the goal at his mercy he fired well wide. Although much to the disappointment of the travelling support and Wrexham players, the referee awarded a corner. 

On 20 minutes, the Reds took the lead when Sean Newton’s free kick from out wide on the right was met by the head of Manny Smith, as he jumped with keeper 

Two minutes later Newton was away down the left wing and from the bye line hammered in a hard low cross that evaded everyone in the six yard box and appeared on the other side. 

Vose won a corner on 28 minutes, when he ran from the halfway line and beat three players before claiming the flag – an effort that won applause from the massed ranks of Wrexham supporters. 

On 33 minutes, a Wrexham corner saw the ball played back out to Robbie Evans, who from 25 yards hammered a shot goalwards, but it was headed away by James Gray, who had been looking to divert the effort passed Snedker. 

Reece Styche got the better of Fyfield on 38 minutes and the defender’s reaction earned his a caution from Mr Holmes. 

This lead to some harriers’ pressure and a couple of testing crosses in to the Wrexham box, before centre half Tunnicliffe headed over Cameron Belford’s cross bar. 

Harriers got a shot on target in the final minute of the first half, when Verma cut in from the right worked a space and fired at Belford from the edge of the box – the keeper getting his body behind the effort and holding on. 

On a fashion note, as the second half got underway and darkness fell on Aggborough, the new yellow kit looked even more impressive! 

Vose whipped a free kick in from the far touch line 

On 49 minutes, Styche and Manny Smith had a coming together as the ball ran out of play – the pair getting yellow carded. 

The Kidderminster man decided to continue the debate two minutes later, catching Smith with an arm t the face and earning himself a second yellow in the process. 

His team were made to pay dearly, as from a free kick 20 yards out on 55 minutes, Jennings being  tripped, up stepped Sean Newton and left footed from the right of the box he fired a curling direct inside the far post, as Snedker dived full length in a vain attempt to grab the ball. 

This was right in front of the Wrexham fans and how they celebrated with their heroes as we extended our lead. 

Just after the hour, the quick thinking Gray nearly grabbed a third, when he latched onto a poor back pass and tipped the ball over the advancing Snedker, but too much top spin on the effort and the keeper was able to recover his ground and clear. 

The referee was at it again on 66 minutes when Snedker palmed the ball away from Javan Vidal’s shot and he pointed for a goal kick! 

There was a booking for Maxwell a minute later when he felled Jennings in the middle of the park. Just before Adam Smith was sent on for Wes York. 

A Kidderminster corner was aimed deep and behind the back post Verma headed back across goal forcing Belford to tip his effort away. 

Harriers’ sub Andre Wright gave his team a glimmer of hope when heading home at the back post from a free kick, the ball hitting the post before rolling along the line and finally over it. 

Adam Smith’s response was immediate as he cut into the home box and from in between two defenders sent off a shot that the keeper was glad to hold onto. 

Gray was withdrawn on 83 minutes as Kayden Jackson came off the bench. 

As the click approached Maxwell managed to slip through the Wrexham back line but Belford was off his line to deny the midfielder. 

To be fair to the Harriers, their 10-men more than gave it a go 

Then in the fifth minute added time a long clearance was tapped on and Adam Smith coolly chipped the advancing keeper to wrap up the points. 

Kidderminster: Snedker, Hodgkiss (Reid 90), Rowe-Turner, Maxwell, Clarke, Verma (Wright 72), Tunnicliffe, Styche, Campbell (Singh 56), Fox, Dawson. 
Subs: Palmer, Green. 

Wrexham: Belford, Vidal, M Smith, Fyfield, Newton; Moke, Evans, Jennings; York (A Smith 72), Gray (Jackson 83), Vose. 
Subs: Hudson, Royle, Fowler. 

Referee: Adrian Jackson (West Yorks) 
Attendance: 2,620 
Away: 1,031 

Sending Off -
Kidderminster: Styche (51, foul) 

Bookings - 
Kidderminster: Styche (49, ungentlemanly), Maxwell (67, foul) 
Wrexham:  Moke (14, foul), Fyfield (38, foul), Smith (49, ungentlemanly), Jennings (79, foul) 

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