Match report Vs Brackley TownVenue: AggboroughDate: 08-12-18Att: 1288 (away fans: 58)

08-12-18 - Report - Kidderminster Harriers 2 Brackley Town 0

Harriers return to winning ways

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A chilly and gusty Aggborough was the scene for a Harriers return to winning ways today against a Brackley Town side who’s malaise continues with a poor performance.

Billy Daniels was nowhere to be seen today whilst Kane Richards, Ashley Chambers and Dan Bradley formed a fluid three up front, working well throughout.

Harriers were making most of the early running and visiting keeper, and former Harrier, Danny Lewis was forced into a save from Ed Williams. He was to be beaten shortly after with eleven on the clock; Richards finding Bradley in a wide position after his route to goal was blocked. The former AFC Fylde man then chipped a ball into the box which was turned home by Chambers, who was captain for the day.

Harriers had the lead and Brackley tried to get back into the game but never really tested Brandon Hall.

With half an hour played it should’ve been 2-0. Chambers released Bradley with a beautiful defence splitting ball but his effort was palmed away by Lewis who showed he was still one of the best shot stoppers at this level of the game.

1-0 is always a dangerous scoreline and Harriers very nearly blinked. Declan Weeks gave the ball away on the edge of the box but luckily for him Shane Byrne snatched his shot wide. A massive let off.

HT: 1 – 0

Half time came and went, ushering in an opening to the second half that was scrappy and disjointed as both sides attempted to gain a real foothold in this game. Moments before Harriers and Chambers doubled their tally another one of Brackley’s former Harrier’s, Dan Nti, screwed a shot wide.

With sixty one minutes on the clock Brackley are on the attack but it breaks down twenty five yards out from the Harriers box and the ball was picked up by Weeks, who found Richards in space in midfield. Driving at the defence, it’s 2 vs 2 as Chambers peels off his man. Richards sees it and finds him. The rest, as they say, is history, as Chambers came inside and stroked the ball into the corner.

A wonderfully crafted counter attack that was finished with the aplomb it deserved.

Brackley were pushing forward and were fortunate not to concede again when a ball in behind saw Lewis rush out and mistime his kick with the ball falling to Bradley who could only fire over an open goal from range.

The best chance for the visitors came courtesy of the brilliant feet of Matt Lowe who jinked his way past multiple defenders before hitting a venomous effort that Hall managed to hold on to.

A smaller than usual crowd bore witness to the end of a poor run of form and, with results going in Harriers’ favour, we find ourselves remaining in touching distance of the pack as we turn into the trying festive period.

Russ Penn had a great game bossing the midfield alongside Weeks, which allowed the front three to work to great effect today. Harriers will now have to wait fourteen days for their next official game when Curzon Ashton visit Aggborough. They’ll be without manager John Flanagan who’s sacking sent shockwaves through the Non -League game.

FT: 2 – 0

Goals for Harriers: Chambers 11, 61

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Harriers Goals Subs Time Cards
B Hall        
Richards   71  
Chambers 82
Waring   82  
Baxendale   71  
Brackley Town Goals Subs Time Cards
C Hall        
G Walker        
Ndlovu   60  
A Walker   82  
Jeffers   82  
Fairlamb   60  
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