Match report Vs Bradford Park AvenueVenue: Horsfall AvenueDate: 07-10-17Att: 397 (away fans: 80)

07-10-17 - Report - Bradford Park Avenue 1 Harriers 1

Harriers claw a draw at Bradford

Report: Phil Lench

The Harriers earned themselves a draw at Bradfords Horsfall Avenue ground today in typical blustery and wet Autumn conditions. Chances for both sides were at a premium so in all fairness the draw could be seen as a good result away from home for the Reds.

As usual we had our late injury before the game when Andre Brown failed to make the cut with a thigh injury. Earlier injuries for Dan Bradley and James Pearson meant they missed out too while Josh Webb had been sent out on loan to Rushall Olympic late last night. There was a debut for recent signing James O’Connor though who came into the side in place of Pearson while in place of Andre Brown came the other Andre: Andre Wright.

It was the away side who were the first to test a keeper when Joe Ironside forced BPA’s Steven Drench into a sharp save with Manny Sonupè sending a shot narrowly wide just a minute later. Wright and Elton N’Gwatala also saw chances go begging but slowly Bradford began to get into the game with a goal against the run of play when Adam Nowakowski pounced on a floated cross from Ryan Toulson to push the ball into the net beyond Brandon Hall in goal for the Harriers.

Thankfully we responded well and continued to pressure Drench until he could do nothing about Sonupè firing Ironsides cross home to draw us level just before the whistle went for the break 

HT: 1 – 1

The second half saw very few chances for either side with the defences in command. Ironside had a handful of chances to give us the lead but was having no luck in front of goal while N’Gwatala hit the crossbar with a thunderous drive.

The home side had chances too with Nicky Clee and Luca Havern both going close while Nowakowski should have put his chance away instead of sending his volley wide of the mark. With one final chance for us – an Andre Wright shot that went wide of its mark – the game ended all square with us moving up a place in the league to twelfth place and still handily placed for the top spots.

FT: 1 – 1

Goal for Bradford: Nowakowski 37

Goal for Harriers: Sonupè 45

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Latest table and stats here

Bradford Park Avenue Goals Subs Time Cards
Johnson   89  
Clee   70
E Hall        
Brooksby   70  
D Boshell        
N Boshell   89  
Harriers Goals Subs Time Cards
B Hall        
Williams   53  
Sonupè 77  
Austin   77  
Digie   53  
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