Match report Vs AFC Fylde Venue: Aggborough Date: 12-03-22 Att: 2771 (away fans: 100)

12-03-22 - Report - Kidderminster Harriers 0 AFC Fylde 1

The third loss in a row for Harriers

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James Rowe’s first game in charge of The Coasters was a successful one in this third vs fourth clash whilst it was a debut to forget for Harriers new loanee Ryan Nolan. Devonte Redmond was also handed a start as the second change from last weeks galling defeat to Gateshead as he replaced the former Fylde captain Lewis Montrose in the side.

The Harriers managed to get a couple of early free kicks courtesy of Emeka Obi, who looked to struggle against the pace of Omari Sterling-James. The second free kick seemed to cause some issues with a scramble in the box ensuing before Tom Walker cleared the danger.

It was from this clearance that the deadlock and ultimately the winner was struck; Jamie Stott knocking a ball over the top for Nick Haughton to chase. Aided by indecision between Nolan and centre back partner Geraldo Bajrami, Haughton let the ball bounce as he galloped clear before lifting the ball over the onrushing Luke Simpson. Offside calls were aplenty, but dispelled by the belief that Alex Penny was playing the midfielder onside, but had the centre halves had dealt with the ball, that discussion would’ve become irrelevant.

As it was defensive indecision would harm Harriers as old habits returned, proving that they do, in fact, die hard. The experienced Chris Neal in the Fylde goal was called into action briefly after the goal but nothing to overly worry the custodian as he held a shot from range by Caleb Richards before being equal to a Sterling free kick.

The middle portion of the first half yielded slim pickings in terms of action but the balance of play was tilted in favour of the visitors. Coming out of that period though was Harriers best move of the game as they broke quickly. Good work from Ashley Hemmings and Sam Austin allowed the latter to get a cross into the box but Redmond was unable to avail himself of the opportunity.

A brace of corners at the end of the half almost saw the visitors double their lead. The first was won courtesy of a good save from a stinging Ben Tollitt effort before Emeka Obi rattled the woodwork with a thumping header that had the Harriers keeper beaten.

Somewhat fortunately, Harriers went into the break only one down.

HT: 0 – 1

The 2650+ Harriers fans in attendance were expecting a response but it was Fylde again who looked the most likely, forcing another corner that was only thwarted by Amari Morgan-Smith who took a whack for his game efforts.

Haughton was next to try his luck, looking to add to his 21 goals for the season in all competitions, leaving Redmond on the floor before firing goalwards where Simpson was again equal to it.

The struggling Nolan found himself in the book after unceremoniously stopping Tollitt’s advance goalwards as the visitors looked to double their advantage and put the game beyond all doubt. Nolan was bought off soon after and replaced by Joe Foulkes.

It really should’ve been game over with ten minutes to go as Penny lost the ball on the halfway line. Unopposed, the dangerous Haughton had a clear run at goal but Penny’s recovery run was excellent, forcing the hitman wide before Simpson denied him his, and Fylde’s, second of the afternoon.

The Harriers huffed and puffed for the final ten minutes of the game but the only opportunity of note was one of the last kicks of the game when Mark Carrington hooked an ambitious effort comfortably over the bar. Harriers’ poor record against sides in and around them continues as they slumped to their third consecutive defeat ahead of a trip to a resurgent Spennymoor Town in midweek.

We said the month of March would be pivotal for our season, now it’s vital that we try and lift ourselves out of this blip post-haste before it’s too late.

FT: 0 – 1

Goal for AFC Fylde: Naughton 6

The Harriers Online MotM is: Amari Morgan-Smith

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Harriers Goals Subs Time Cards
Nolan   64
Hemmings   70  
Sterling-James   75  
Foulkes   64  
Freemantle   75  
White   70  
AFC Fylde Goals Subs Time Cards
Walker   72
Slew   61  
Haughton 81  
Pike   61  
Perkins   72  
Dobbie   81  
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