Kidderminster Harriers 1-0 Lincoln City: Half-time report
Kidderminster Harriers took a one-goal lead over Lincoln City at half-time in the Skrill Premier at Aggborough.
Michael Gash netted the only goal of the half, as he unleashed a stinging effort from a free-kick to blast the ball past Paul Farman in the City goal.
Kidderminster made an early statement of intent in their first attack. Joe Lolley twisted and turned into the box with Sean Newton in hot pursuit before whipping in a shot which Paul Farman saved.
On six minutes Ben Tomlinson had the first real effort for the Imps. He chested down a lay off from Jake Sheridan and, under pressure, snapped at a shot from the edge of the area and pushed it just wide of Lewis's right-hand post.
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Three minutes later Sean Newton worked the overlap and delivered a brilliant cross from the left-hand side which was just inches off connecting with Tomlinson's head.
Kidderminster's went close on 18 minutes, when the ball was laid into Morgan-Smith and at close range the striker swept at it first time. Thankfully, Farman was perfectly placed and reacted quickly to deflect it with his foot.
On 28 minutes Tomlinson again tested the Kidderminster defence as he latched onto Foster's cross after Sheridan dummied it and powered an effort on goal that was blocked by Lewis in goal.
Kidderminster responded straight away and Farman had to stretch down to his right to keep out Storer.
On 30 minutes Kidderminster's Blissett was replaced by Gash as he struggled to recover from a knock picked up when challenging Andrew Boyce.
Kidderminster broke the deadlock on 42 minutes. Alan Power brought down Lolley 25 yards out and Michael Gash stepped up to take the resulting free-kick and smash the ball past the outstretched arms of Paul Farman.
Lincoln made two changes from the side that lost 1-0 at home to Aldershot last weekend.
Out of the line-up was Wade Fairhurst and Adi Yussuf, with Ben Tomlinson returning from suspension, and Jake Sheridan promoted from the bench.
Yussuf dropped back to the bench while Fairhurst was missing due to a thigh injury.
Lincoln went into the match having picked up just one win out of their last six games.
Their form has seen them slip down the 10th in the table, while Kidderminster started the day in second spot, behind runaway leaders Cambridge United.
Kidderminster included former Lincoln City defender Josh Gowling in their line-up, while the dangerous striker Michael Gash was on the bench as he continued to recover from a hamstring injury.
Harriers (4-2-1-3): Lewis; Vaughan, Gowling, Grimes, Jackman; Storer, Byrne, Fowler; Lolley, Blissett, Morgan-Smith
Harriers Subs: Vaughan (GK), Malbon, Gittings, Gash, Johnson.
Lincoln (4-2-3-1): Farman; Miller, Boyce, Brown, Newton; Foster, Nolan; Sheridan, Power, Jordan; Tomlinson
Lincoln subs: Fofana, Wright, Yussuf, Gray, Dixhon