ANDRE BROWN struck in the dying minutes to give Harriers three points courtesy of a battling 1-0 win over a resolute and determined Harrogate Town side at Aggborough.
One of the brightest afternoon’s for many a week greeted the two teams at Aggborough
, as did a fine crowd too.
There was plenty of pace about the opening stages but, while Harriers had their sights of goal as Josh Ezewele and Elton Ngwatala blazed over the bar, the best of the early bunch of chances came the way of the visitors when, with ten gone, they really should have strode ahead.
One single lapse in concentration almost proved deadly as a loose pass was played backwards – Town top scorer Simon Ainge latching on to it and seeing just Sam Hornby in front of him. The defender-cum-striker’s composure would desert him, though, as he fired over the bar.
As early as that chance came, it was still far and away the best opening of the half for either side, such was the relative dominance of the two defensive units on show.
There were half chances here and there – the best one coming with eleven left of the half when, stretching to reach a Dan Nti cross, Joe Ironside rose and got in a header that, deflected, glanced off target.
The game had the makings of a battle rather than a scrap, but even so – the chance creation didn’t increase a great deal for either side early in the second half.
With a little over an hour gone there was another sniff for Harrogate who’d certainly worked the better of what was created, sub Emmett turning and shooting low on the edge of the area toward Hornby who collected it well.
On 75 minutes, the visitors did have a dangerously-placed free kick but, while the delivery was good, skipper Ellis could only power a header wide of Hornby’s target.
Just when you thought the match would peter out into the goalless draw that it had perhaps promised for so long, Harriers’ insistence on chasing lost causes and battling for every ball paid off – with just minutes to spare, they took the lead.
For all of Harriers’ fantastic, incisive play this season it was, to their creditable versatility, a more direct goal that won it, a long kick from Hornby being flicked on by the tireless Ironside, where Brown was on hand to steer it high, looping into the net.