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Report: Boxing Day defeat

Report from Edgar Street as Harriers are defeated on Boxing Day…



Dan Bradley goes close against Hereford. Pic: HFC

HARRIERS suffered defeat in the Boxing Day derby against Hereford at Edgar Street.

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The visitors racked up a host of chances and should have been ahead by the time the hosts broke the deadlock through a penalty ten minutes from time.

Ashley Chambers went close to an equaliser in the dying minutes, but the Bulls stood firm to leave Harriers empty-handed.

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The opening stages were as cagey as you might expect for a derby clash, with each side having sights of goal without seriously testing either shot-stopper; Finn shooting straight at Hall before Horsfall nodded wide from a corner.

The football from Harriers was good. Richards blazed over after a good counter attack before, on 37 minutes, Hall got down low to keep hold of a Lloyd shot.

Just before the break, a stinging shot from Weeks at a free-kick was punched up and over by Yates – just after the restart, Hall needed to save well from Owens-Evans.

Before the hour, Harriers notched three further chances as Bradley forced Yates into a good save, Chamber shot off an Austin pass and Horsfall saw his header deflected from a dangerous free-kick.

For all of the visitors’ chances, it looked in the end that a keenly-contested derby might drift into a goalless finish. With just ten to go, though, the home side were awarded a penalty after Johnson leaned into Symons, Roberts stepping up to beat Hall from twelve yards.

Yet there was still a chance for Harriers to rescue something from a game they should never have been in a position to lose – picking up the pace, a swift move saw Williams thread through to Chambers only for Yates to block well with his legs.

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