Kidderminster Harriers 1-2 West Ham: Hammers overcome huge scare

Declan Rice scores
Kidderminster were less than two minutes away from a giant upset in the FA Cup

Premier League West Ham overcame a huge scare in the FA Cup fourth round as they beat National League North Kidderminster Harriers in extra time.

The Hammers were two minutes away from being the first top-flight team to be knocked out by sixth-tier opposition in the cup’s 151-year history.

Declan Rice levelled after 91 minutes, cancelling out Alex Penny’s opener.

Jarrod Bowen completed the turnaround in the 121st minute.

Hammers strike a cruel blow on Kiddy

The result was incredibly cruel on Kidderminster who led for 72 minutes against the team currently fifth in the Premier League table.

Russell Penn’s side then held out for an additional 30 extra-time minutes and looked set to be heading for penalties.

After an even opening quarter, Penny side-footed home a loose ball following a wide free-kick, sending a packed, boisterous home crowd to fever pitch at Aggborough Stadium.

West Ham, who had eight changes, forced Kidderminster keeper Luke Simpson into a number of smart saves in the second half – but for much of the tie, the Harriers looked the likelier to progress.

England international Declan Rice was brought on in the second period and he stayed composed in the penalty area with seconds remaining, hammering home an equaliser to spare his side from an embarrassing defeat.

It was then one-way traffic in extra time and the Hammers completed their comeback when Bowen tapped in an Aaron Cresswell cross across goal.

More to follow.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Simpson
  • 2Penny
  • 28Preston
  • 4CameronBooked at 71mins
  • 3Richards
  • 16BajramiSubstituted forLoweat 112′minutes
  • 8CarringtonSubstituted forMontroseat 71′minutes
  • 10HemmingsSubstituted forWhiteat 101′minutes
  • 7AustinSubstituted forRedmondat 78′minutes
  • 11Sterling-James
  • 9Morgan-SmithSubstituted forMartinat 105′minutes


  • 5Lowe
  • 6Montrose
  • 12Foulkes
  • 15Martin
  • 18Lassimore
  • 19White
  • 21Emery
  • 25Bastable
  • 26Redmond

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Areola
  • 24Fredericks
  • 23DiopSubstituted forDawsonat 45′minutes
  • 4Zouma
  • 31JohnsonSubstituted forCresswellat 63′minutes
  • 33KrálSubstituted forRiceat 45′minutes
  • 16NobleSubstituted forSoucekat 63′minutes
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 22Benrahma
  • 11VlasicSubstituted forFornalsat 77′minutes
  • 20Bowen


  • 3Cresswell
  • 5Coufal
  • 8Fornals
  • 15Dawson
  • 28Soucek
  • 35Randolph
  • 40Oko-Flex
  • 41Rice
  • 42Alese

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