Kidderminster Harriers 4-1 Lincoln City: Match report
Lincoln City were second best to Kidderminster Harriers as they were pulled apart in a 4-1 defeat at the Aggborough Stadium in the Skrill Premier.
Michael Gash gave the Harriers the lead at the end of the first-half.
After the restart, the hosts doubled their lead when Joe Tolley's effort was deflected in via Andrew Boyce at close range.
Then Kyle Storer struck a superb effort from the edge of the area to put the game beyond Lincoln.
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City did strike back with ten minutes to go when second-half substitute Mo Fofana crossed in for Nick Wright to head past Danny Lewis in the Kidderminster goal.
However, a final effort from Anthony Malbon wrapped up the scoring and the three points for Kidderminster.
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.
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.
Kidderminster were straight on the attack after the restart. Tolley was again the outlet. He raced in from the right-hand side and unleashed a brilliant strike that rattled the cross bar.
The Harriers doubled their socre on 55 minutes, when a goal mouth scramble from a corner ended with Tolley's shot deflecting off Boyce and past Farman.
City responded and Jake Sheridan had a good low effort from close range pushed away by Lewis on 56 minutes.
Kidderminster soaked up the pressure from City and forced their way forward through Gash. They earned a corner and Gowling went close to heading past his old club, but Newton was well placed to clear the ball off the line on 65 minutes.
The game was put to bed on 68 minutes when Kyle Storer picked the ball up on the edge of the City box and blasted the ball past Farman.
Lincoln did pull a goal back on 80 minutes. Mo Fofana picked the ball up 25 yards out, he whipped in a brilliant cross and Nick Wright timed his leap to perfection to head the ball past Lewis.
The match was finally all over with a minute to go when Anthony Malbon struck past Farman from close range.
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