ALFRETON TOWN 1, KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 3
Saturday Nov 24, 2012
Dave Pursglove and Bill Wheatcroft's Kidderminster Harriers match picture album is on-line here
Alfreton Town's hopes of a run in this season's FA Carlsberg Trophy were ended at the first hurdle when they had an 18th minute Dan Bradley goal overpowered by Blue Square Bet Premier Division rivals Kidderminster Harriers who ran out 3-1 winners at the Impact Arena.
Manager Nicky Law handed a debut to Hull City loan signing Danny Emerton and also recalled captain Darran Kempson at the heart of the defence.
The Reds took the lead when former Harrier Dan Bradley saw his 20 yard drive find the net with the aid of a slight deflection.
With Nicky Law's side seemingly on top, the visitors were allowed back into the game on 34 minutes when a long through ball from Josh Gowling caught the home defence square and Danny Pilkington advanced to nick the ball past the onrushing home keeper Jon Stewart to net the equaliser from ten yards.
The second half saw a strong showing from Kidderminster who countered at pace and in numbers. Harriers edged in front on 76 minutes when Chey Dunkley bundled home a Lee Vaughan corner at the far post
The Reds felt aggrieved at not being awarded a penalty on 84 minutes after what looked a clear hand-ball offence from a visiting defender which kept out a Meadows shot at close quarters. However, seconds later it was 3-1 after Harriers broke from the escape and built a move down the left from which substitute Ryan Rowe cut in and produced a lovely finish with a low cross-shot across Stewart and into the far bottom corner to seal the win.
The attendance was 361 and Daniel Meadows was named as the Reds man-of-the-match.
FA CUP TIE
The Reds are next in action next Sunday, December 2nd, when they host league one visitors Leyton Orient in front of the live ESPN television cameras in the second round proper of the FA Cup with Budweiser.
Supporters should note that this game kicks off at the slightly later time of 3.15pm.