Alfreton Town v Kidderminster Harriers

Alfreton Town v Kidderminster Harriers

Monday Mar 26, 2018

Alfreton Town entertain high flying Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow night in a rearranged fixture in the Vanarama National League North, kick off 7.45pm.

The Reds got back on track after an impressive and crucial 3-1 win at Southport on Saturday which moved us up to 16th place in the table, still only three points above the relegation zone, in a congested area in the lower half of the table.

Tom Allan gave us the lead inside 90 seconds before Brendon Daniels added a second before the break. Nyal Bell with virtually his first touch scored a cracking third; before Gilchrist slotted home from close range for a late consolation for the hosts. 

It was the perfect response from the Reds after last Tuesday's abject 0-1 defeat at home to Telford which frustrated players, fans and management and left us just one point above the drop at that moment. Saturday was also a perfect reminder into the quality of the Reds squad and the growing potential to mount a future challenge towards the top seven, as we produced another excellent away performance and took points off another in-form team in the league. 

Saturday's win over Southport was our first in five and we will look to record back to back wins for the first time since late January when we beat Leamington (4-1) and Blyth (0-1). Last Tuesday's home defeat to Telford was just our second in the last six in the league at home.

Kidderminster visit the Impact Arena in 4th place in the table two points inside the play-offs, with a current playing record of Played 33, Won 14, Drawn 11, Lost 8, Points 53.

Harriers visit us with just one win in their last five (L3, D1) and have only won four times so far on the road in the league this season, these being at FC United of Manchester, Southport, Stockport County and Curzon Ashton.

Saturday saw them involved in a remarkable game at Aggborough when they entertained league leaders Salford City. Kidderminster were leading 4-0 going into the last ten minutes of the game thanks to goals from Emmanuel Sonupe, Joe Ironside, Lee Vaughan and Dan Bradley.

Salford came back into the game to snatch a point with goals from Jordan Askew (81), Nick Haughton (89) and two goals in stoppage time from Mani Dieseruvwe and Tom Walker, who converted a rebound from a last gasp penalty to complete one of the most incredible comebacks in National League North history.

The Kidderminster Harriers side was: Hall, L Vaughan, Horsfall,Pearson, Taylor, McQuilkin, Croasdale, Weeks, Bradley, Sonupe, Ironside.

Subs: Digie, Austin, Brown, Waring, Vaughan. 

The reverse back in August, we went down to a narrow 2-1 defeat at Kiddy's Aggborough stadium. We had taken a first half lead through Tom Allan but were pegged back in the second half by goals from former Red, Joe Ironside on the hour and Elton Ngwatala two minutes later. 

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