Harriers lost some ground in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off race after they were beaten 1-0 at Macclesfield Town on Saturday.
Though the conditions were anything but warm, the start at Moss Rose was encouraging enough and it was the home side who had the better of it, Danny Lewis
forced into a good stop inside five minutes from Wade Fairhurst and Kieran Murtagh firing over the bar soon after.
The visiting custodian was certainly earning his money early on and on 11 minutes he was again on hand to prevent the hosts opening the scoring – he produced a fine parry as JP Kissock met a deep Matthew Barnes-Homer cross with a header at the far post.
The hosts controlled the opening stages while Harriers were too wasteful themselves in the final third when a potential opening looked to be on; Ryan Rowe having the best of the team’s early sights of goal as he sliced a couple of efforts wide.
Rowe later planted a header from close range straight at Lance Cronin following Marvin Johnson
’s deep cross and another delivery from the winger saw Callum Gittings
chest the ball down before firing over the target.
Macclesfield almost took a single-goal lead into the interval as Jack Mackreth drove from midfield but the former Barrow man could only direct his shot over Lewis’ bar.
The Silkmen began the second half as strongly as they did the first and both Thierry Audel and Barnes-Homer should have done better than firing wide of the target with respective shots inside the first few minutes of the half.
With 54 on the clock Kisccok almost opened the scoring with an effort that trickled wide but that deadlock would be broken moments later; Harriers switched off from a free-kick that saw Mackreth released out wide before firing in an inviting ball across the face of goal that Fairhurst gleefully nodded home.
Seven after the hour mark a re-jigged Harriers side went dangerously close to an equaliser – one of the two substitutes, Danny Pilkington
, lifted a neat ball into the area that was clipped on by Johnson before bouncing off the bar.
A flashpoint soon followed though as the hosts were reduced to ten men – Pablo Mills shown a straight red card for an untidy lunge into Lee Vaughan
as the visitors looked to attack. That didn’t seem to halt the Macc charge and that of Barnes-Homer as he forced two good saves from Lewis in the space of a minute.
Lance Cronin was forced into his first real save of the day on 82 minutes it was an extremely vital one as he got a palm to a Rowe header off a Pilkington cross to turn it on to the bar.