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Posted Sat 05 Jul 14 at 05:19 AM

Kidderminster 2
Johnson 4
Nicholson 26

United 1

Downes 89

UNITED succumbed to their fourth straight defeat thanks to goals from Marvin Johnson and former Gull Kevin Nicholson.

Manager Chris Hargreaves made four changes to his team after the 2-0 loss against Aldershot with Niall Thompson, Ashley Yeoman, Courtney Cameron , and Luke Young returning to first team action. Kidderminster included former United defender Kevin Nicholson in their first eleven.

United would have been looking for a composed and tight start to the game but fell behind in the fourth minute to a fantastic strike from Marvin Johnson. Johnson smashed the ball into the top corner after beating United defender Dale Tonge. Goalkeeper Jordan Seabright could do little to stop the pile driver - it was a special finish.

United were immediately on the counter attack, pushing the Harriers back and were unfortunate not to equalize soon after. Ashley Yeoman was cruelly adjudged to have handballed before his close-range finish.

Niall Thompson, finding himself in the first eleven after some time away could have levelled mid-way through the first half. Tom Cruise sent a diagonal ball cross-field ball to the far post aiming for an impressive run by the winger. Unfortunately Thompson’s first touch let him down and the chance was gone.

The game then fell into a familiar rhythm but United were soon to find themselves a further goal behind.

Former players often come back to haunt their former teams and so it proved in the 26th minute. Kevin Nicholson has scored one or two special free-kicks in his time but even though he found the net, this was not one of them.

Nicholson’s free-kick was there to be cleared but instead went straight into the goal. United found themselves two goals without having done too much wrong. However, it proved that they wouldn’t do too much right for the bulk of the remaining minutes.

United almost conceded a third just before half-time. Jordan Seabright was alert to the run and shot from Marvin Johnson who was looking for his second of the game.

Manager Chris Hargreaves made a double substitution at half-time, bringing on Krystian Pearce and Duane Ofori-Acheampong for Dale Tonge and Ashley Yeoman respectively.

Ofori-Acheampong was soon into the action after the resumption. Niall Thompson beat his man to put in a cross that Ofori-Acheampong nearly diverted into the net.

Chris Hargreaves then made his third and final substitution in the 63rd minute when Toby Ajala replaced Courtney Cameron.

Johnson should have claimed his second of the day soon after, when Nicholson found him at United’s far post with a cross-field pass. He chose to go for power instead of placement and made a hash of it. It was a let off for United.

Jordan Seabright could then credit himself for keeping United in the game when his reflexes kept out a close-range header by Blissett.

United then found some composure in the final twenty minutes of the second half, but it wasn’t until the final minutes that they would find a goal.

Aaron Downes scored his fifth goal of the season in the 89th minute after heading in from close-range. Ryan Bowman claimed the assist after nodding on at the near post. Despite not threatening Kidderminster’s goal for much of the ninety minutes, United could have then equalized.

Luke Young has been the scorer of some great goals this season and he thought he had another to his tally in added on time. The ball was heading for the top corner but Kidderminster goalkeeper Daniel Lewis pulled off a wonder save to keep his side ahead and wrap the three points up.

United now have a break until they visit to Barnet on the 11th. Manager Chris Hargreaves will treasure the time as he looks to inspire his team back to its early season form.

Kidderminster: 1 Lewis; 2 Hodgkiss; 6 Dunkley; 7 Byrne; 8 Johnson (18 Gittings 83’); 10 Reid; 13 Blissett; 14 Obeng (3 Green 76’); 15 Grimes; 23 Robinson (17 Verma 71’); 28 Nicholson

Robinson 27

United: 23 Seabright; 2 Tonge (5 Pearce 46’); 3 Cruise; 4 Downes; 8 Young; 9 Bowman; 11 Cameron (10 Ajala 63’); 14 Yeoman (24 Ofori-Acheampong 46’) 15 Thompson; 16 Richards; 21 MacDonald

Macdonald 17

Simon Bennett

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