Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 Alfreton Towbn

FT: Kidderminster Harriers 2    1 Alfreton Town

26 August 2017

The outcome may have had a familiar ring to it but Alfreton Town showed massive improvement when they visited Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, despite falling to two goals in as many minutes around the hour mark after leading through Tom Allan at half-time.

?Brendon Daniels became manager John McDermott's latest signing, playing a wide role on the left, and it was from his 17th minute corner that Allan lashed home the loose ball after Tom Platt and Billy Priestley had both seen their efforts blocked on the line.

Allan had a glorious opportunity to double the Reds' advantage on the stroke of half-time, directing a free header wide of the near post from a Priestley cross, whilst earlier in the 28th minute Platt had seen his blistering drive saved by Harriers' keeper Brandon Hall.

There were also a couple of promising runs made by Adam Smith and Chris Sharp to the bye-line which both ended in wasted crosses, while Craig Westcarr's low drive on 32 minutes was gathered by Kidderminster keeper Hall.

HT: Kidderminster Harriers 0    1 Alfreton Town

Six minutes after the break Daniels dragged a shot across the face of goal after being sent down the left flank by Allan, then Smith was somewhat unfortunate to pick up the game's first yellow card with a mistimed tackle that took both Harriers' defender Tyrone Williams and colleague Sharp into touch.

Former Reds' striker Joe lronside pulled the hosts level in the 60th minute of an entertaining game, firing past Reds' keeper Chris Elliott from the edge of the area unmarked from a James McQuilkin corner.

Just two minutes later another corner left Elton Ngwatala free at the back post to stab the rebound home after Elliott had parried his initial miscued shot, and despite their best efforts Alfreton could not force their way back into the contest.

Young loanee striker Ricky German showed some tenacious attacking after replacing Craig Westcarr for the final 25 minutes of the game, going closest to an Alfreton equaliser six minutes from time when Bradley Wood sent him through and he forced Hall into a fingertip save.

Further chances saw Priestley, Luke Shiels and Daniels all go close, the fact that keeper Hall was nominated as Kidderminster's man of the match speaking volumes for the Reds' performance.

The final opportunity fell to Priestley who glanced a Sam Topliss cross wide deep into added time.

Alfreton Town Team:

Elliott; Topliss, Shiels, Priestley, Allan, Wood, Platt, Daniels, Smith [Marshall 65], Westcarr [German 65], Sharp [Jennings 77].

Other subs: Disley, Robertson.

Kidderminster Harriers Team:

Hall; Williams, Taylor [Brown h/t], Croasdale, Daly, Keane, Austin, McQuilkin [Weeks 90+3], lronside, Ngwatala [Sonupe 74], Bradley.

Other subs: Digie, Webb.

Attendance: 1613

Man of the Match: Tom Allan

Referee: Scott Simpson Match Reports

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