Kidderminster Harriers moved level on points with Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Wrexham as they hung on to beat struggling Ebbsfleet at Aggborough.

Fleet took an early lead when home keeper Danny Lewis could not keep out Adedamola Shitta's shot, only for James Vincent to level within a minute.

Top scorer Anthony Malbon put Harriers ahead just past the hour, before Callum Gittings sealed victory.

  • Harriers have now clocked up seven straight league wins for the second time this season.
  • The best winning sequence they have clocked up since returning to the Conference was eight wins on the spin under Mark Yates six years ago (Dec 2006-Feb 2007).
  • The best run in the Harriers' promotion season from the Conference to the Football League in 1999-2000 was six straight wins

But Nathan Elder's penalty two minutes into injury time pulled one back.

The Harriers had a further three minutes of injury time to negotiate before they could claim their 16th win in 18 league matches.

But, with leaders Wrexham dropping two points in their 1-1 home draw with Alfreton, Steve Burr's in-form side are now second on goal difference.

Top scorer Malbon's second-half strike was his seventh goal in six games.

Ebbsfleet had earlier disputed Vincent's equaliser, claiming that keeper Preston Edwards had been fouled.

Harriers were without on-loan Macclesfield striker Amari Morgan-Smith, who had been due to complete his month's stay after Saturday's match, but went back to his parent club as the agreement allows for an immediate recall once the first 28 days have elapsed.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Kidderminster Harriers manager Steve Burr told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"We were a bit slow to start, but conceding a goal kick-started us a bit and fortunately we went straight back up and got the equaliser.

"In the second half I thought we created a lot more chances and looked more of a threat. Malbs took his goal well and Callum gave us a bit of a cushion but they had a penalty at the end there and we were a bit disappointed with the decision."

"I know how organised Liam Daish has his sides and we knew how difficult it would be because they're fighting at the wrong end of the table - we expected nothing different."

Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish told BBC Radio Kent:

"I'm repeating myself a bit but the lads had a good go and a big decision went against us.

Fleet boss feels 'hard done-by'

"It was deemed no foul on Preston Edwards for their equaliser. That puts them back in the game when I thought we were pretty much on top.

"We had some great chances - Tobi Alabi had a good chance before we scored - but that was a massive decision away from home, especially with the form they are in. They don't need decisions like that.

"Although we came in 1-1, it gave them an incentive and they realised they got away with that. Kidderminster came out again stronger physically than us and we couldn't cope with that."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Kidderminster

  • 01 Lewis
  • 02 L Vaughan
  • 03 Demetriou
  • 22 Dunkly
  • 30 Gowling
  • 04 Storer
  • 08 Vincent
  • 21 Briggs Booked (Gittings - 76' )
  • 10 Malbon (Devaney - 90' )
  • 11 Johnson
  • 27 Pearson (Rowe - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 23 N Vaughan
  • 06 Williams
  • 18 Gittings
  • 26 Devaney
  • 09 Rowe

Ebbsfleet United

  • 01 Edwards
  • 06 Lorraine
  • 17 Gwillim
  • 21 Saville
  • 14 Howe
  • 15 Barrett
  • 23 Carew Booked
  • 25 Shitta (Bellamy - 81' )
  • 07 Marum (Azeez - 82' )
  • 20 Scott
  • 26 Alabi (Elder - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Menz
  • 16 Bellamy
  • 18 Azeez
  • 05 Walsh
  • 09 Elder
Ref: Huxtable
Att: 2,048

Match Stats

Shots

18 9

On target

8 3

Corners

7 4

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:03

Marvin Johnson is penalised for a handball. Gareth Gwillim restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:39 Substitution

Substitution Martin Devaney is brought on as a substitute for Anthony Malbon.

90:00 +1:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathan Elder - K'minster 3 - 2 Ebbsfleet Penalty taken right-footed by Nathan Elder and scored. Kidderminster 3-2 Ebbsfleet United.

90:00 +0:41

Unfair challenge on Nathan Elder by Josh Gowling results in a Penalty.

89:56

Corner taken by Ashley Carew from the left by-line, clearance by Cheyenne Dunkley.

89:40

Nathan Elder takes a shot. Daniel Lewis makes a save.

87:22

Ryan Rowe provided the assist for the goal.

87:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Callum Gittings - K'minster 3 - 1 Ebbsfleet Callum Gittings gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kidderminster 3-1 Ebbsfleet United.

87:08

Unfair challenge on James Vincent by Lanre Azeez results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mickey Demetriou.

85:53

Ryan Rowe produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.

82:56

Kyle Storer fouled by Lanre Azeez, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mickey Demetriou.

81:53 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Rowe is brought on as a substitute for Greg Pearson.

81:53 Substitution

Substitution Lanre Azeez on for Liam Enver-Marum.

80:03 Substitution

Substitution Liam Bellamy on for Adedamola Shitta.

76:44

Lee Vaughan takes a shot. Preston Edwards makes a save.

75:17

Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.

75:17 Substitution

Substitution Callum Gittings on for Keith Briggs.

75:17

The official flags Liam Enver-Marum offside.

73:32

Corner taken right-footed by Kyle Storer to the near post, Anthony Malbon has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

71:38

Nathan Elder has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

70:34

Anthony Malbon takes a shot. Save by Preston Edwards. Lee Vaughan takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

70:04

Keith Briggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Carew. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

66:04

Josh Scott takes a shot.

65:04 Booking

Booking Keith Briggs goes into the book.

64:39

Centre by Lee Vaughan, Joe Howe makes a clearance.

63:14 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Elder joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tobi Alabi.

61:54

The referee blows for offside against Marvin Johnson. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

61:34

Unfair challenge on Kyle Storer by Josh Scott results in a free kick. Keith Briggs restarts play with the free kick.

60:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Malbon - K'minster 2 - 1 Ebbsfleet Anthony Malbon grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Kidderminster 2-1 Ebbsfleet United.

58:37

Marvin Johnson is caught offside. Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

57:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Vaughan on Josh Scott. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Carew, Keith Briggs makes a clearance.

55:36

Lee Vaughan challenges Josh Scott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ashley Carew.

54:10

Corner taken right-footed by Kyle Storer from the right by-line, Keith Briggs has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

52:16

Kyle Storer has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

51:33

The referee blows for offside. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

50:41

A cross is delivered by Gareth Gwillim.

47:46

Gareth Gwillim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Greg Pearson. Kyle Storer takes the direct free kick.

46:45

The ball is sent over by Marvin Johnson, Preston Edwards makes a save.

45:52

Anthony Malbon produces a cross, Greg Pearson takes a shot.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:33

The ball is crossed by Joe Howe.

45:00 +0:49

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

44:19

Kyle Storer decides to take a short corner, Anthony Malbon takes a shot. Neil Barrett gets a block in. Kyle Storer takes the outswinging corner, Josh Scott fouled by Cheyenne Dunkley, the ref awards a free kick. Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

43:48

Greg Pearson takes a shot. Brilliant save by Preston Edwards.

42:44

Ashley Carew takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Mickey Demetriou.

41:59

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Gwillim played to the near post, Cheyenne Dunkley makes a clearance.

40:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tobi Alabi by Lee Vaughan. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Carew, save made by Daniel Lewis.

35:55

Shot on goal comes in from Kyle Storer from the free kick.

35:55 Booking

Booking Ashley Carew booked.

35:53

Foul by Ashley Carew on Kyle Storer, free kick awarded.

35:24

Foul by Josh Scott on Kyle Storer, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.

34:22

Adedamola Shitta has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

33:45

Ashley Carew takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Mickey Demetriou.

32:34

Adedamola Shitta concedes a free kick for a foul on James Vincent. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.

31:24

A cross is delivered by Tobi Alabi.

30:48

Lee Vaughan concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Barrett. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

28:51

Keith Briggs challenges Neil Barrett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Lorraine takes the free kick.

26:55

Anthony Malbon takes a shot. Save made by Preston Edwards.

25:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Vaughan on Ashley Carew. Ashley Carew takes the direct free kick.

24:53

Gareth Gwillim challenges Kyle Storer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Vaughan takes the free kick.

22:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Scott by Cheyenne Dunkley. Ashley Carew has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Daniel Lewis.

22:09

Shot by Josh Scott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

20:06

Josh Gowling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Lorraine. Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

19:43

Corner taken short by Kyle Storer.

19:37

Anthony Malbon produces a cross, Paul Lorraine manages to make a clearance.

18:41

Corner taken by Kyle Storer from the right by-line played to the near post, Neil Barrett makes a clearance.

18:34

The ball is sent over by Greg Pearson, Tobi Alabi makes a clearance.

17:45

James Vincent takes a shot. Preston Edwards makes a save.

15:49

Corner taken by Kyle Storer from the right by-line played to the near post, Effort on goal by Cheyenne Dunkley from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

13:49

Assist on the goal came from Marvin Johnson.

13:49 Goal scored

Goal! - James Vincent - K'minster 1 - 1 Ebbsfleet Goal scored by James Vincent from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kidderminster 1-1 Ebbsfleet United.

13:43

The ball is crossed by Marvin Johnson,

12:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Adedamola Shitta - K'minster 0 - 1 Ebbsfleet Adedamola Shitta finds the net with a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kidderminster 0-1 Ebbsfleet United.

10:44

Neil Barrett takes a shot. Save by Daniel Lewis.

8:18

Effort from the edge of the area by Anthony Malbon goes wide of the left-hand post.

7:25

Liam Enver-Marum crosses the ball, save made by Daniel Lewis.

5:22

Anthony Malbon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

4:35

Tobi Alabi has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

4:12

A cross is delivered by Marvin Johnson.

2:49

Unfair challenge on Neil Barrett by James Vincent results in a free kick. Paul Lorraine takes the free kick.

1:57

Tobi Alabi challenges Josh Gowling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Gowling takes the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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