REPORT: Second home defeat in succession as Kidderminster steal the points

Stockport County suffered defeat at Edgeley Park for the second time this season as Kidderminster Harriers came from behind to defeat the Hatters.

Matty Warburton struck on the stroke of half-time for the home side, who were the better team up until that point.

But two second half goals from Joe Ironside were enough for Kiddy to secure the points, who will probably go home thinking they were lucky with the result.


Chances were at a premium in the first half, and whilst County were well on top in the opening stages, Jason Oswell was man-marked for much of the game as the Harriers defence aimed to contain the league’s top scorer.

The former Newtown striker did, however, provide the assist for County’s goal, flicking on an Ian Ormson goal kick to Warburton who poked past the onrushing Brandon Hall in the 45th minute.

The Harriers began to threaten in the second half, and were level shortly after the restart when Ironside beat Ormson at the near post to score his first of the match.

The sides traded blows equally for the remainder of the match, and Ben Mckenna could have won it for County in the latter stages but fired over from a Warburton through-ball.

Then, in the 90th minute, Manny Sonupe whipped a ball in from the right that Ironside gleefully converted. Cue wild celebrations from the Kiddy players and fans who had seen their side perfectly execute the old smash-and-grab performance.

FT: County 1-2 Kidderminster

More headaches for County manager Jim Gannon, who will manage his side in the midweek Cheshire Senior Cup tie against Cheadle Town before welcoming FC United to Edgeley Park again next weekend in a crucial league match.

Squad: Ormson, Cowan (Thomas, 90 + 1), O’Halloran (Walker, 70), Ball, Clarke, Smalley, McKenna, Stopforth, Oswell, Warburton, Duxbury (Dixon, 90 + 2).

Unused subs: Winter, Hinchliffe

Attendance: 3,015


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