Josh Gowling headed Kidderminster Harriers' equaliser as they survived to claim a draw at crisis club Hereford.

After a first half dominated by the Bulls, the home side went in front on 61 minutes when Josh O'Keefe looped home an angled header from 12 yards.

But Harriers took just four minutes to level through Gowling.

'Crowd funding' at Hereford

  • The attendance of 2,014 was Hereford's second 2,000-plus crowd in four days and fourth of the season.
  • Chairman David Keyte has outlined the club's need to attract 2,000-plus gates for the rest of the season, to be able to pay the bills.
  • After being threatened with a winding-up petition, Hereford raised the £36,800 owed in tax needed by Monday's deadline.

Captain Kyle Storer crossed from the right for centre-half Gowling to steal in at the far post and stoop to head in from six yards.

Financially-challenged Hereford extended their unbeaten home run to five games, but could have claimed all three points against a Harriers side labouring after their FA Cup adventure came to an end at Sunderland on Saturday.

Hereford should have been in front at half-time after a first 45 minutes in which Harriers failed to muster a shot at goal - and the Bulls missed a string of chances.

O'Keefe shot narrowly wide, Dan Walker had a well-struck shot blocked, Michael Rankine headed just over and Frankie Artus blazed their best chance too high.

But the deadlock was finally broken when, after Michael Gash had headed Rod McDonald's cross clear, O'Keefe neatly steered his header back across goal and just inside the unmarked far post for his third goal of the season.

Gowling then levelled against his old club and, after visiting keeper Danny Lewis had saved from Artus and Rankine had blasted a chance over late on, Harriers hung on for a point.

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Kidderminster Harriers manager Andy Thorn told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"It wasn't the prettiest game, and a few of ours looked a bit leggy, but we've added a bit of steel to our side and it was our back five and the two in midfield that got us the result.

"Hereford have got a really good home record. This a difficult place to come. They turn you round and pin you in and you've got to be strong and win plenty of second balls.

"It's difficult to get the ball down and play. There's not a lot of space in the middle. In fact, about the 85th minute, I thought the ball was going to get stretchered off the way it was being treated.

"It's effective it was what they do, fair play to them. But we stood up to it. We've tried to put a bit of resilience into our and, over the course of the season, these are valuable points."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Hereford United

  • 21 Lloyd-Weston
  • 12 Collins
  • 03 Bush
  • 05 McDonald
  • 06 Graham
  • 08 O'Keefe
  • 16 Artus
  • 17 Brown
  • 15 Rankine
  • 09 Walker (Edge - 46' )
  • 10 Sharp (Leadbitter - 70' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 30 Williams
  • 02 Leadbitter
  • 07 Purdie
  • 22 Edge
  • 11 Smith

Kidderminster Harriers

  • 01 Lewis
  • 02 Vaughan Booked
  • 30 Gowling
  • 03 Demetriou
  • 07 Byrne
  • 04 Storer
  • 27 Cieslewicz
  • 16 Jackman
  • 26 Dyer (Gittings - 66' Booked )
  • 09 Gash
  • 24 Ladapo (Morgan-Smith - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Morgan-Smith
  • 06 Dunkley
  • 23 Vaughan
  • 18 Gittings
  • 28 Aloi
Ref: Lee Swabey
Att: 2,014

Match Stats

Shots

13 1

On target

3 1

Corners

0 0

Fouls

12 15

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hereford United 1, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

90:00 +3:57 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hereford United 1, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

90:00 +1:37

Corner, Hereford United.

90:00 +0:52

Foul by Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers).

90:00 +0:52

Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:25

Foul by Chris Bush (Hereford United).

90:00 +0:25

Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

88:25

Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

88:25

Adrian Cieslewicz (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

86:13

Attempt missed. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

85:22 Booking

Booking Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:48

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers).

84:48

Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

83:04

Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

83:04

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

82:09 Booking

Booking Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:39

Foul by Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers).

81:39

Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

78:52

Foul by Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers).

78:52

Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

75:33

Foul by Chris Bush (Hereford United).

75:33

Adrian Cieslewicz (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

74:52 Booking

Booking Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:46

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United).

74:46

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

74:09

Corner, Hereford United.

73:54

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Edge.

73:29

Corner, Hereford United.

72:24

Foul by Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers).

72:24

Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

72:07

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

71:15

Foul by Rod McDonald (Hereford United).

71:15

Adrian Cieslewicz (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

69:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Daniel Leadbitter replaces Chris Sharp.

68:38

Foul by Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers).

68:38

Jamie Edge (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

66:32

Attempt saved. Frankie Artus (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

66:00

Foul by Danny Jackman (Kidderminster Harriers).

66:00

Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

65:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Callum Gittings replaces Jack Dyer.

64:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 1, Kidderminster Harriers 1. Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) header from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kyle Storer with a cross.

63:48

Foul by Luke Graham (Hereford United).

63:48

Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

60:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 1, Kidderminster Harriers 0. Josh O'Keefe (Hereford United) header from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Rod McDonald with a cross.

60:31

Corner, Hereford United.

60:19

Attempt blocked. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:56

Attempt missed. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

58:21

Corner, Hereford United.

57:03

Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

57:03

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

55:59

Offside, Kidderminster Harriers. Michael Gash tries a through ball, but Michael Gash is caught offside.

54:20

Foul by Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers).

54:20

Dominic Collins (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

53:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Amari Morgan-Smith replaces Freddie Ladapo.

50:21

Corner, Hereford United.

49:55

Corner, Hereford United.

46:26

Foul by Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers).

46:26

Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Jamie Edge replaces Dan Walker because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Hereford United 0, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hereford United 0, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

42:24

Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

42:24

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

40:31

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

39:13

Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) header from outside the box is saved. Assisted by Frankie Artus with a cross.

38:40

Foul by Mickey Demetriou (Kidderminster Harriers).

38:40

Chris Sharp (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

33:12

Attempt missed. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

30:14

Foul by Dan Walker (Hereford United).

30:14

Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

29:12

Corner, Hereford United.

26:59

Attempt missed. Frankie Artus (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Rankine with a cross.

25:46

Foul by Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers).

25:46

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

24:43

Attempt missed. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) header from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Frankie Artus.

24:26

Corner, Hereford United.

23:59

Attempt blocked. Dan Walker (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Bush with a cross.

20:12

Foul by Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers).

20:12

Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

15:37

Attempt missed. Josh O'Keefe (Hereford United) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dan Walker.

15:09

Corner, Hereford United.

13:37

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

13:13

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

12:08

Foul by Chris Bush (Hereford United).

12:08

Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

9:27

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

8:44

Hand ball by Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers).

7:03

Foul by Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers).

7:03

Chris Sharp (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

5:48

Foul by Chris Sharp (Hereford United).

5:48

Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

4:00

Attempt missed. Josh O'Keefe (Hereford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

3:32

Corner, Hereford United.

2:40

Foul by Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers).

2:40

Rod McDonald (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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