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Kidderminster 1-0 Harrogate Town

by Hal Boxhall-Dockree
25 March 2017

Kidderminster Harriers 1-0 Harrogate Town

 

Andre Brown’s 88th minute winner saw Harrogate Town leave Kidderminster empty handed after an extremely close encounter at Aggborough.

 

Town looked to be on their way to a seventh away game unbeaten, only for Brown to loop a finish over Peter Crook and in with just two minutes left to play.

The visitors’ best chance came in the opening quarter of an hour, though Simon Ainge fired over after a defensive mix up, and Town could not break through a defence that has shipped just 12 goals in 18 games on home soil this season.

Simon Weaver made one change from last weekend’s 2-1 win over Chorley as JP Pittman replaced the injured Lloyd Kerry.

Danny Ellis almost gave his side the lead eight minutes in when heading Joe Leesley’s corner towards goal, and sparking a goal mouth scramble, that Harriers eventually managed to steer clear.

Simon Ainge then squandered a chance for an early away goal as Town’s top scorer capitalised on a defensive mix-up to stride through on goal, but smashed uncharacteristically over the bar.

A number of misplaced passes prevented the contest developing into any kind of rhythm inside the opening half hour, with Town just about edging the proceedings.

While Town had the better of the chances at the start of the half, John Eustace’s men ended the half stronger as Joe Ironside saw his header blocked by Ellis, and Ryan Croasdale’s side footed shot was kept out by Peter Crook.

Like the first half, the start of the second half featured few clear chances, though only some brave defending prevented Ainge finishing off Joe Colbeck’s delicious cross.

Weaver had introduced Jack Emmett at the interval, and the winger almost created the opener after 65 minutes, winning possession and finding Ainge, whose left footed shot was well blocked by Keith Lowe.

With fifteen minutes to play, neither defence looked like it was going to budge, as Ellis could not stretch far enough to divert Leesley’s free kick delivery on target.

Just as the contest looked set to be heading for a goalless draw, substitute Brown popped up inside the box and managed to loop his finish over Crook to claim all three points.

Harrogate Town: Crook, Turner (Emmett 45), Parker, Platt, Ellis, Burrell, Colbeck, Agnew, Ainge, Pittman (Day 72), Leesley

Subs not used: Elliott, King, Porritt

Booked: Turner, Platt

Kidderminster: Hornby, Hodgkiss, Ezewele, Croasdale, Lowe, Tuniclife, Nti (Brown 72), McQuilkin, Ironside, Ngwatala (Truslove 62), Waite (Austin 45)

Subs not used: Knights, Williams

Goals: Brown 88

Booked: Ezewele

Referee: J Hull

Attendance: 2012