National League
Kidderminster2Woking0

Kidderminster Harriers 2-0 Woking

Kidderminster Harriers striker Amari Morgan-Smith

Kidderminster Harriers scored a goal in each half to win for the first time in six Conference Premier games and keep alive their play-off hopes.

Amari Morgan-Smith gave Harriers the perfect start when he scored from Adrian Cieslewicz's right-wing cross after just 45 seconds.

Kyle Storer secured the points when he converted a 69th-minute free-kick after Giuseppe Sole fouled Josh Gowling.

Anthony Malbon headed Callum Gittings' cross against a Woking post late on.

Morgan-Smith, who came off the bench to score twice and rescue a point in Saturday's 2-2 home draw with Braintree, took his tally to eight goals for the season.

Harriers' first league win since manager Andy Thorn's first game in charge on 11 January lifted them back within three points of the play-off zone, ahead of Saturday's trip to second-placed Cambridge United.

A return to winning ways on the field came on top of the revelation earlier in the day that the club had suffered their third boardroom departure in four days.

John Davies, owner of Hire-It, the club's sponsor, has resigned, following the lead set by chairman Mark Serrell and his wife Ruth on Saturday evening.

Harriers manager Andy Thorn told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"We really deserved the points. It was difficult on Saturday but hopefully we have put that to bed now. The support we had tonight was absolutely phenomenal.

"It helps when you get off to the start we did. We really came out of the traps flying. There were about 12 passes before it ended up in the back of the net.

"Woking came back into it as you might expect but, with our commitment and work-rate, we were a threat all night. Everybody saw how could we can be as an attacking threat."

Woking assistant boss Steve Thompson told BBC Surrey:

"It's always disappointing when you lose a game and I thought in the first half we were the better side, but certainly didn't do enough second half.

"We played quite well first half without testing their keeper with the chances we had, so that was the biggest disappointment, we had three good chances and the keeper didn't make a save."

"We've been inconsistent all season, nothing's changed and that is what we are looking for."

Line-ups

Kidderminster

  • 23Vaughan
  • 3Demetriou
  • 6Dunkley
  • 30GowlingBooked at 40mins
  • 7ByrneSubstituted forGittingsat 81'minutes
  • 16Jackman
  • 25O'Keefe
  • 4Storer
  • 27Cieslewicz
  • 10Malbon
  • 22Morgan-Smith

Substitutes

  • 19Rowe
  • 1Lewis
  • 28Aloi
  • 18Gittings
  • 15Grimes

Woking

  • 1Howe
  • 3Nutter
  • 5McNerneySubstituted forBriceat 85'minutes
  • 15CestorSubstituted forSoleat 10'minutesSubstituted forBecklesat 74'minutes
  • 22Goddard
  • 20Payne
  • 26MurtaghBooked at 58mins
  • 11Betsy
  • 4Ricketts
  • 25MarriottBooked at 83mins
  • 21Rendell

Substitutes

  • 10Sole
  • 19Brice
  • 14McNamee
  • 18Beasant
  • 34Beckles
Referee:
Richard Wigglesworth
Attendance:
1,448

Match Stats

Home TeamKidderminsterAway TeamWoking
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 2, Woking 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kidderminster Harriers 2, Woking 0.

Corner, Woking.

Attempt saved. John Goddard (Woking) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Corner, Woking.

Anthony Malbon (Kidderminster Harriers) hits the woodwork with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Callum Gittings with a cross.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Woking) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Adrian Cieslewicz (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

Attempt saved. Adrian Cieslewicz (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Woking. Adam Brice replaces Joseph McNerney.

Offside, Kidderminster Harriers. Callum Gittings tries a through ball, but Callum Gittings is caught offside.

Booking

Jack Marriott (Woking) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Marriott (Woking).

Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Attempt saved. Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Callum Gittings replaces Jack Byrne.

Attempt missed. Kevin Betsy (Woking) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Offside, Woking. Jack Marriott tries a through ball, but Jack Marriott is caught offside.

Foul by Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers).

John Goddard (Woking) wins a free kick.

Offside, Woking. Scott Rendell tries a through ball, but Scott Rendell is caught offside.

Foul by Danny Jackman (Kidderminster Harriers).

Kevin Betsy (Woking) wins a free kick.

Offside, Kidderminster Harriers. Amari Morgan-Smith tries a through ball, but Amari Morgan-Smith is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Woking. Reece Beckles replaces Giuseppe Sole.

Corner, Woking.

Foul by Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers).

Mark Ricketts (Woking) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Kidderminster Harriers 2, Woking 0. Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Giuseppe Sole (Woking).

Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Kevin Betsy (Woking).

Danny Jackman (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Anthony Malbon (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Offside, Kidderminster Harriers. Amari Morgan-Smith tries a through ball, but Amari Morgan-Smith is caught offside.

Foul by Jack Marriott (Woking).

Mickey Demetriou (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

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