After knocking out Grimsby Town in the previous round, Kidderminster Harriers drew Halifax Town in round two of the FA Cup. This affair was set up to be an eventful one at Aggborough Stadium as whoever was successful would go on into the third round where the big boys are introduced from the Premier League and the Championship.
The Harriers came into this game with an unchanged side from the previous round which had performed so well against Grimsby. Halifax made one change from the previous round with Tom Bradbury making way for Jesse Debrah.
The game got underway and it didn’t take long for Harriers to open the affair. Ashley Hemmings played a low cross into the area which, in his stride, was tapped home by Amari Morgan-Smith, his fourth goal in the FA Cup this season. The game was being played at a high tempo early on and soon Harriers would make 2-0, Hemmings and Morgan-Smith reversing their roles this time as the ball was headed back to Hemmings. With his back to goal, he turned and fired his shot into the roof of the Halifax net and doubled Kidderminster’s lead. Kidderminster kept up their pressure late into the second half but with no close chances to speak of, the half came to a close with Kidderminster being two goals to the good.
Halifax started the second-half brighter on the ball however it was Harriers who continued to threaten the Halifax goal, forcing Sam Johnson into some smart saves. Peter Wild attempted to change the tide by bringing on Martin Woods and birthday boy Harvey Gilmour, but to no avail as Harriers secured their place in the second round.
The FA Cup draw will be live to watch on ITV4 at 7pm. We’ll be paying close attention to see who Kidderminster Harriers draw in the third round and see if they can continue their marvellous cup run.