Kidderminster Harriers vs Newport County
Kidderminster 3 V Newport 2
- FT 90' +5
- HT 1-2
Blue Square Bet Premier Date: Saturday, 8th December Kick off: 15:00 GMT Venue: Aggborough Stadium
- Kidderminster Harriers Goal Matt 23'
- Newport County Goal Smith 31'
- Newport County Goal Evans 37'
- Kidderminster Harriers Goal Matt 58'
- Kidderminster Harriers Goal Matt 78'
Match details Top
Jamille Matt scored a hat-trick of headers as Kidderminster Harriers knocked Newport off top spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Matt headed Harriers in front, only for Michael Smith's close-range finish and Lee Evans's shot into the top corner to make it 2-1 to Newport at half-time.
Matt then looped a 58th-minute leveller before heading in again from close range on 78 minutes to seal victory.
Harriers' fifth straight win puts them four points off the play-off places.
It also stretches the Harriers' run since the end of August to just one defeat in 17 league games.
Steve Burr's men, bottom at the end of August after losing their first five matches, are now up to seventh - just eight points now off top spot, while Newport have slipped to third.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Harriers manager Steve Burr told BBC Hereford & Worcester:
"It's the highest level Jamille Matt's played at and for him to get a hat-trick is fantastic. I love seeing that big smile on his face when he scores.
"It was a great win as Newport are a good side and, as you'd expect from a side at the top of the table, they caused us problems.
"But the lads coped with the defensive side well and, as the game wore on, we showed power and strength and deserved to win."
Newport boss Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:
"We should have taken a point at least, we've let ourselves down immensely with the three goals we've conceded.
"It's hard to take because I thought that for long periods of that game we were outstanding.
"But it's no good putting in a performance like that if you don't get the result."
Kidderminster starting eleven
- 1 Lewis
- 2 L Vaughan booked at 74 minutes
- 3 Demetriou
- 22 Dunkly
- 30 Gowling
- 4 Storer booked at 64 minutes
- 14 Pilkington (substituted for Vincent at 85 minutes')
- 18 Gittings
- 21 Briggs
- 10 Malbon (substituted for Rowe at 74 minutes')
- 20 Matt (substituted for Blissett at 88 minutes')
Newport starting eleven
- 1 Julian
- 5 James
- 6 Yakubu
- 2 Pipe
- 4 Porter (substituted for Minshull at 89 minutes')
- 13 Sandell booked at 74 minutes
- 16 Evans
- 17 Flynn (substituted for Swallow at 84 minutes')
- 23 Jolley
- 7 O'Connor
- 20 Smith (substituted for Washington at 83 minutes')
- 23 N Vaughan
- 6 Williams
- 8 Vincent
- 9 Rowe
- 13 Blissett
- 40 Pidgeley
- 21 Anthony
- 8 Minshull
- 12 Swallow
- 25 Washington
- Nick Kinseley
Match stats Top
- Kidderminster 52%
- Newport 48%
- Kidderminster 19
- Newport 10
- Shots on target
- Kidderminster 7
- Newport 5
- Kidderminster 9
- Newport 10
- Kidderminster 10
- Newport 5
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