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Kidderminster Harriers 1-2 Cheltenham Town

Aaron Downes
Defender Aaron Downes has now scored five goals this season

Cheltenham Town moved seven points clear at the top of the National League table thanks to a hard-fought win over bottom-of-the-table Kidderminster.

Danny Wright's strike, his 10th goal of the season, put the Robins ahead.

Kyle Howkins levelled the scores before half-time, scrambling the ball home after a corner.

But Cheltenham ensured a fifth consecutive win in all competitions in the second period when captain Aaron Downes headed in a Jack Munns corner.

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Johnson on Kidderminster v Cheltenham

Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"To be fair to Kidderminster they didn't play like a bottom of the league team, they made it a proper derby and we had to fight for everything we got.

"We had to be sure that we were going to win the game and the only way we could do it, was the way we played in the second half.

"We needed a lot more energy, a lot more thought, a lot more blocking things, a lot more winning headers and once we did that and kept it up front a little bit more then they couldn't get in."

Line-ups

Kidderminster

  • 13Snedker
  • 24Young
  • 3Rowe-TurnerSubstituted forNgwatalaat 76'minutes
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 5Langmead
  • 40Howkins
  • 27Francis-Angol
  • 4MaxwellBooked at 15mins
  • 34Whitfield
  • 9Barnes-HomerSubstituted forSinghat 72'minutes
  • 10Patrick

Substitutes

  • 7Singh
  • 18Jones
  • 26Brown
  • 36McQuilkin
  • 38Ngwatala

Cheltenham

  • 1Phillips
  • 2Barthram
  • 5Downes
  • 6Parslow
  • 3McLennan
  • 29JenningsSubstituted forDaytonat 79'minutes
  • 4Storer
  • 7PellBooked at 82mins
  • 11MunnsSubstituted forHallat 86'minutes
  • 9WrightBooked at 35mins
  • 30NovakovichSubstituted forWatersat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Waters
  • 12Kitscha
  • 14Hall
  • 18Rowe
  • 27Dayton
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
3,238

Match Stats

Home TeamKidderminsterAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away10
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, Cheltenham Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, Cheltenham Town 2.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Billy Waters tries a through ball, but Billy Waters is caught offside.

Foul by Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town).

Jared Hodgkiss (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Asa Hall replaces Jack Munns.

Attempt missed. Gurjit Singh (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town).

Jared Hodgkiss (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Booking

Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town).

Elton Ngwatala (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Dayton replaces Ryan Jennings.

Attempt blocked. Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Elton Ngwatala replaces Lathanial Rowe-Turner.

Foul by Ben Whitfield (Kidderminster Harriers).

Danny Parslow (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Gurjit Singh replaces Matthew Barnes-Homer.

Goal!

Goal! Kidderminster Harriers 1, Cheltenham Town 2. Aaron Downes (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Attempt saved. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Foul by Zaine Francis-Angol (Kidderminster Harriers).

Ryan Jennings (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Jack Munns.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Attempt saved. Ryan Jennings (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Attempt saved. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved.

Attempt saved. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

Foul by Matt Young (Kidderminster Harriers).

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town).

Luke Maxwell (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Attempt saved. Ben Whitfield (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved. Assisted by Jared Hodgkiss.

Hand ball by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Kelvin Langmead (Kidderminster Harriers).

Aaron Downes (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town).

Omari Patrick (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

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