Leaders Kidderminster Harriers grabbed two late goals to boost their hopes of automatic promotion and inflict a fifth successive defeat on Southport.

Harriers needed all three points with their main rivals having games in hand.

Michael Gash put them in front from close range, but Danny Hattersley fired home superbly to bring Southport level.

With time running out, Anthony Malbon found the bottom corner from long range for his 14th of the season and sub Ryan Rowe added a third in the 90th minute.

Kidderminster's 23rd win from their last 30 league games puts them three points clear of Mansfield and five ahead of Wrexham in the race for the one automatic promotion place.

However, they have now played 40 games - three more than the Stags, whose home match against Macclesfield was postponed because of the snow, and two more than Wrexham.

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Harriers boss Steve Burr told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"We were just pleased to get it played, given what the weather is like back in the Midlands. And, in very difficult conditions in the wind, it was a hard-earned three points.

"Southport had a lot of possession in the first half and we scored a bit against the run of play.

"We then had chances to increase our lead before they equalised with a great goal, but a great strike by Malbs got us back in front and Ryan Rowe cemented it for us.

"That's five in four games now for Michael Gash and to have all three strikers score makes it even better."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Southport

  • 26 Smith
  • 03 Lever
  • 06 Grand
  • 09 Owens
  • 05 Parry
  • 07 Whalley (Clancy - 82' )
  • 08 Ledsham (Almond - 46' )
  • 15 Chalmers
  • 16 Moogan (Kay - 79' )
  • 22 Poku
  • 19 Hattersley

Substitutes

  • 13 Hibbert
  • 14 Byrne
  • 10 Clancy
  • 21 Kay
  • 11 Almond

Kidderminster

  • 01 Lewis
  • 02 L Vaughan
  • 03 Demetriou
  • 22 Dunkly Booked
  • 30 Gowling Booked
  • 04 Storer Booked
  • 16 Jackman (Rowe - 86' )
  • 21 Briggs (Vincent - 66' )
  • 26 Devaney (Pilkington - 66' )
  • 10 Malbon
  • 20 Gash

Substitutes

  • 23 N Vaughan
  • 08 Vincent
  • 14 Pilkington
  • 18 Gittings
  • 09 Rowe
Ref: Handley
Att: 946

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

5 11

Corners

7 8

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:51

Danny Hattersley takes a shot. Save by Daniel Lewis.

90:00 +2:18

Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Chalmers from the left by-line to the near post, Anthony Malbon makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:38

Foul by James Vincent on Sean Clancy, free kick awarded. Aaron Chalmers takes the direct free kick.

89:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Rowe - Southport 1 - 3 K'minster Ryan Rowe finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Southport 1-3 Kidderminster.

88:02

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Almond, James Vincent manages to make a clearance.

85:44

Assist on the goal came from Michael Gash.

85:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Malbon - Southport 1 - 2 K'minster Anthony Malbon finds the net with a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southport 1-2 Kidderminster.

84:52

Direct free kick taken by Mickey Demetriou.

84:52 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Rowe replaces Danny Jackman.

84:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Godfrey Poku on Kyle Storer.

84:38

A cross is delivered by Lee Vaughan, save by Ben Smith.

83:47

Foul by Aaron Chalmers on Danny Pilkington, free kick awarded. Danny Pilkington takes the direct free kick.

81:04 Substitution

Substitution Sean Clancy comes on in place of Shaun Whalley.

80:08

The referee blows for offside against Michael Gash. Free kick taken by Ben Smith.

79:43

Shaun Whalley produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.

78:42

Shaun Whalley restarts play with the free kick.

78:42 Substitution

Substitution Scott Kay joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alan Moogan.

78:42 Booking

Booking Josh Gowling shown a yellow card.

78:33

Chris Almond fouled by Josh Gowling, the ref awards a free kick.

76:55

Anthony Malbon takes a shot. Save by Ben Smith.

74:26

James Vincent takes a shot. Simon Grand gets a block in.

74:15

The ball is sent over by Danny Pilkington, Aaron Chalmers manages to make a clearance.

73:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Whalley on Danny Pilkington. Danny Jackman takes the free kick.

73:24

Shaun Whalley concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Storer. Kyle Storer takes the direct free kick.

72:40

Danny Hattersley fouled by Lee Vaughan, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Grand restarts play with the free kick.

70:17

Corner from right by-line taken by Danny Jackman.

69:43

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman to the near post, clearance made by Alan Moogan.

69:25

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman from the right by-line to the near post, Godfrey Poku makes a clearance.

69:11

Danny Pilkington takes a shot. Save by Ben Smith.

67:10

Danny Jackman decides to take a short corner.

66:48

Danny Jackman takes a short corner.

65:26

Ben Smith takes the direct free kick.

65:26 Substitution

Substitution Danny Pilkington joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martin Devaney.

65:26 Substitution

Substitution Keith Briggs leaves the field to be replaced by James Vincent.

65:26

Foul by Lee Vaughan on Godfrey Poku, free kick awarded.

64:27

Danny Hattersley concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheyenne Dunkley. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.

61:16

The official flags Michael Gash offside. Ben Smith takes the indirect free kick.

59:11

Shaun Whalley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Jackman. Daniel Lewis takes the direct free kick.

58:49

Chris Almond takes a shot.

57:32

Assist by Andy Owens.

57:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Hattersley - Southport 1 - 1 K'minster Danny Hattersley fires in a goal from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Southport 1-1 Kidderminster.

55:40

Mickey Demetriou sends in a cross, Andy Parry manages to make a clearance.

52:00

Anthony Malbon sends in a cross.

50:23

Michael Gash is ruled offside. Ben Smith takes the free kick.

49:32

A cross is delivered by Anthony Malbon, Aaron Chalmers manages to make a clearance.

48:02

Andy Owens takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

47:33

Anthony Malbon is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Smith.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Karl Ledsham goes off and Chris Almond comes on.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:58

Corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham.

45:00 +0:37

Mickey Demetriou crosses the ball, Simon Grand makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:16

Godfrey Poku challenges Keith Briggs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kyle Storer takes the direct free kick.

44:18

Karl Ledsham takes a shot. Save made by Daniel Lewis.

42:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Gash - Southport 0 - 1 K'minster Michael Gash fires in a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southport 0-1 Kidderminster.

42:24

Lee Vaughan takes a shot. Save by Ben Smith.

39:51

Direct free kick taken by Karl Ledsham.

39:51 Booking

Booking The referee shows Cheyenne Dunkley a yellow card.

39:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheyenne Dunkley on Danny Hattersley.

39:07

Foul by Andy Owens on Cheyenne Dunkley, free kick awarded. Mickey Demetriou restarts play with the free kick.

36:50

Unfair challenge on Lee Vaughan by Alan Moogan results in a free kick. Daniel Lewis takes the direct free kick.

36:03

Inswinging corner taken by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line.

35:08

Alan Moogan takes a shot. Daniel Lewis makes a comfortable save.

33:55

Shot by Danny Hattersley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

33:40

The ball is sent over by Shaun Whalley, clearance made by Cheyenne Dunkley.

30:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Godfrey Poku on Mickey Demetriou. Mickey Demetriou restarts play with the free kick.

29:29

Short corner taken by Kyle Storer.

29:12

Martin Devaney takes a shot. Ben Smith makes a save.

28:55

Floated corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman from the right by-line, Aaron Chalmers makes a clearance.

28:37

Danny Jackman takes a shot. Simon Grand gets a block in.

28:20

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kyle Storer from the left by-line, clearance made by Aaron Chalmers.

28:02

Martin Devaney takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Chalmers.

25:05

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Hattersley. Indirect free kick taken by Josh Gowling.

24:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Vaughan by Karl Ledsham. Lee Vaughan takes the free kick.

22:04

Michael Gash is caught offside. Ben Smith restarts play with the free kick.

19:34

Floated corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham, Josh Gowling manages to make a clearance.

18:47

Michael Gash challenges Godfrey Poku unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Chalmers takes the free kick.

17:22

Karl Ledsham has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

16:32

The ball is crossed by Mickey Demetriou, save by Ben Smith.

15:56

Aaron Chalmers delivers the ball, save by Daniel Lewis.

15:16

Mickey Demetriou produces a cross, save made by Ben Smith.

14:30

Mickey Demetriou takes a shot. Save made by Ben Smith.

13:56

Alan Moogan concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Vaughan. Free kick taken by Lee Vaughan.

12:48

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line, Mickey Demetriou makes a clearance.

12:04

Aaron Chalmers restarts play with the free kick.

12:04 Booking

Booking Kyle Storer is booked.

11:51

Unfair challenge on Godfrey Poku by Kyle Storer results in a free kick.

11:18

Effort on goal by Simon Grand from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

9:41

Aaron Chalmers produces a cross, Lee Vaughan manages to make a clearance.

8:51

Martin Devaney sends in a cross, Shaun Whalley makes a clearance.

8:17

Foul by Godfrey Poku on Danny Jackman, free kick awarded. Kyle Storer takes the direct free kick.

4:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Moogan on Kyle Storer. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.

3:34

Corner taken by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line to the near post.

3:11

Karl Ledsham takes a shot. Blocked by Mickey Demetriou.

2:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Storer on Andy Owens. Shaun Whalley takes the free kick.

1:11

Shaun Whalley crosses the ball, Daniel Lewis makes a clearance.

0:20

Andy Owens produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

0:00

The match begins.

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