Match report Vs Brackley TownVenue: AggboroughDate: 03-09-19Att: 1069 (away fans: 32)

03-09-19 - Report - Kidderminster Harriers 1 Brackley Town 3

Yet another disappointing night at Aggborough

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Brackley Town were tonight’s visitors to Aggborough off the back of a concerning run of away form that mirrored our own concerning home form. The Saints entered Worcestershire with memories of a 2-0 defeat in their visit to Gateshead on Saturday and they counted former Harriers Danny Lewis and Kelvin Langmead amongst the travelling squad; the latter starting on the bench.

For the Harriers international duty accounted for Rhys Williams and Milan Butterfield with Jamie Sharman and Ollie Shenton taking their place in the side.

A frantic opening ten minutes saw both teams attempting to gain a foothold but being met with sufficient resistance as chances were at a premium. As the half wore on the visitors grew into the game and began to assert their control before taking the lead courtesy of a top class effort from Shane Byrne. Industrious work from Luke Fairlamb saw the ball squared to Byrne who ran onto the ball and fired an unstoppable first time effort past Cameron Gregory, clipping the underside of the bar in the process.

Ellis Myles almost immediately made it 2-0 but his effort was well met by Gregory. With thirty two minutes played the visitors doubled their advantage, Byrne this time turning provider. His free kick was spilt by Gregory with the former Notts County defender Thierry Audel tapping home the rebound.

Lee Ndlovu was causing havoc in the Harriers backline with his hold up play, which was allowing the visitors to construct wave after wave of attacks. Against the run of play though, and on the stroke of half time, the Harriers halved the deficit. Ed Williams’ floated free kick from deep was lofted across goal by Richard Peniket. Danny Lewis punched the ball away from Ashley Chambers but only as far as Correy Davidson, who struck a half volley past the despairing dive of the defender on the line.

Harriers were fortunate to go in at 1-2 down but at least they had given themselves a chance.

HT: 1 – 2

Harriers started the second half positively in search of the equaliser but never really threatened Danny Lewis in the visiting goal. Instead, the game took the pattern of the first half once again and it took until the fifty sixth minute for either goalkeeper to be called into action; James Armson forcing Gregory into a save.

For the home side the ball popped up twenty yards out into the path of Chambers who struck a volley over the bar. A minute later it was 1-3. A quick free kick was taken in the direction of the dangerous Ndlovu and, following a bit of a scramble, Armson stroked the ball home and compounded Harriers home misery.

Peniket and Shenton linked up for the Stoke loanee to fire a deflected shot wide, but in truth, Lewis was never tested and it was the visitors who always looked the most likely to score again.

It was only thanks to some smart saves from Gregory that the score was kept down to just three. He had no chance with another long range effort from Byrne though, fortunately his low drive struck the post and somehow stayed out.

It was again another disappointing night at Aggborough and the gulf in quality between Harriers and the top tier teams in this league was once again highlighted. The small matter of a 500 mile journey to Blyth awaits the players and foolhardy fans on Saturday.

With their woes and our away form let’s hope for a return to winning ways.

FT: 1 – 3

Goal for Harriers: Davidson 44

Goals for Brackley Town: Byrne 20, Audel 31, Armson 62

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Harriers Goals Subs Time Cards
Prosser   63  
Shenton   80  
E Williams        
Freemantle   80  
White   63  
D Lowth        
Brackley Town Goals Subs Time Cards
Lowe   88  
Ndlovu   86  
Holman   86  
Daire   88  
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