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Match Preview: Pools welcome Kidderminster Harriers

22 January 2024

After a fantastic win on the road at Ebbsfleet and the appointment of Kevin Phillips, Hartlepool United return to the Suit Direct Stadium on Tuesday night as Kidderminster come to town (7:45pm kick-off).

The Lowdown

Phillips will take charge after the fixture, as Lennie Lawrence and Antony Sweeney continue with caretaker duties, but the former Sunderland forward will be keeping a close eye on proceedings at home. After Saturday's 1-0 win at Ebbsfleet, courtesy of an Anthony Mancini stunner, Pools are seven points off the play-off places.

Kidderminster are bottom of the table, with just five wins all season. They've recently made a change in the dugout, with Tyneside-born Phil Brown taking over from Russell Penn. Brown is a familiar name to Pools fans having made more than 200 appearances for the club in the 70s and 80s. His first game in charge saw a 4-2 home victory over Aldershot Town, despite being two goals down in 25 minutes.

The History

The sides have met seven times previously, with Pools winning three matches, Kidderminster winning once, and three matches ending in a draw. Earlier this season, the sides played out a 1-1 draw.

Team News

Pools have no new injury concerns ahead of the fixture. Dan Dodds and Josh Umerah remain unavailable. Alex Lacey, Callum Cooke and Mani Dieseruvwe have returned to light training though Tuesday's fixture may come too soon for the trio.

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Ticketing information can be found here.

If you can't join us at the Suit Direct Stadium, you can follow the action via National League TV here. Match passes cost £9.50 and grant you access to all streamed fixtures on the given day. Tuesday's game is available both domestically and internationally.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Kidderminster defeat Pools

23 January 2024

Hartlepool United fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Kidderminster Harriers after a second-half strike from Amari Morgan-Smith.

Despite an early sight of goal for Kidderminster, it was Pools that had the first shot on goal. After Anthony Mancini was blocked, Tom Crawford struck a low free-kick wide of the post.

The first shot on target came shortly after, with Ashley Hemmings stinging the gloves of Joel Dixon. Another chance fell their way shortly afterwards, but Sam Bellis’ strike went wayward.

In response, a long-range strike was deflected behind for a corner. From the set piece, the ball was almost scrambled home, but Kidderminster managed to dig it out. 

Another Crawford strike followed soon after, and when Christian Dibble could only parry it, Mancini saw his goal bound strike saved, too. At the other end, Hemmings continued to be a threat, but Dixon blocked his near-post shot well.

Pools almost led on the half-hour mark after intricate play from Pools saw Nicky Featherstone get a shot away. The skipper’s shot was on target, but a retreating Penny managed to clear with Dibble beaten.

Next, Pools had a huge shout for a penalty. A long ball from Dixon caught Kidderminster out, and when Courtney Duffus beat the keeper and was dragged down, the referee astounded the Suit Direct by being unmoved.

As the half drew to a close, Pools continued to press Kidderminster, with Duffus firing low after a Mancini through-ball. Just before the whistle, Tom Parkes’ header from a corner briefly troubled Dibble, but the ball floated behind.

Pools started the second half well, with the final pass just eluding Mancini and Duffus within a few minutes. Despite seeing plenty of the ball, clear-cut chances were clear to come by, with a deflected clearance the closest Pools could come.

In the 67th minute, Kidderminster took the lead. A lofted ball into the box was flicked towards goals by Morgan-Smith, and it had enough on it to beat Dixon for the opener.

Little quality transpired in the 10 minutes afterwards, with Bellis’ low strike wide the only highlight.

Callum Cooke, Louis Stephenson and Chris Wreh all joined the action as Pools chased the game, with Duffus, Kieran Wallace and Joe Grey withdrawn. 

With a few minutes to go, Pools put together a good passage of play, but Cooke’s speculative effort didn’t trouble Dibble and their visitors survived.

As we ticked into added time, Luke Hendrie saw a great opportunity saved by Dibble, with Kidderminster hanging on to claim the three points.

Pools now look towards York City on Saturday and Kevin Phillips’ first game in the dugout.

Pools: Dixon, Hendrie, Onariase, Parkes, Ferguson, Featherstone, Wallace (Stephenson 77), Mancini, Crawford, Grey (Wreh 81), Duffus (Cooke 70)

Subs (not used): Jameson, Pruti

Attendance: 3,289 (55 Kidderminster)

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