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Posted Sat 12 Dec 15 at 16:45 PM

Stourbridge 2-1 Harriers - The Report

Harriers endured a second Stourbridge nightmare of the season after conceding two goals in a minute to tumble out of this season's FA Trophy with a 2-1 defeat.

If Harriers were going to exorcise a few of the demons from the disastrous FA Cup clash at the same venue just seven or so weeks prior, a good start was vital.

They may not have hit Stourbridge with a blistering wall of attack but, every bit as crucially, they blocked and tackled and headed their way through the opening quarter of an hour that had previously seen all the damage done.

Early chances were at a premium put hit-man Gurj Singh and midfielder Dino Fazlic had one each as they saw shots blocked from inside the penalty area, Maxwell also taking aim with some 25 on the clock with a dipping volley from distance that dropped just short of the target.

The youngster went closer soon after, his header from a corner bounced down into the ground and caused greater problems for the goalkeeper who did eventually gather - as he did for a looped ball up field from Howkins before the end of the half that so nearly caught him unawares. 

The Harriers defensive unit was more adept at keeping out the Stourbridge attacks and so they were reduced to efforts from distance, the best of which came seconds before the interval when a Kyle Hawley drive fizzed up and over both Snedker and his target.

Arguably the best chance of the game to that point arrived just a couple of minutes of the re-start; Ben Whitfield thwarted as he shot at goal having nipped in and intercepted a Green back-pass.

Indeed it was a far more entertaining start to the half in an attacking sense and, in the space of a minute, one key chance at either end proved pivotal; just seconds after Justin Richards had nodded a cross over the bar from no more than five yards out, Harriers made the hosts pay as they nipped up the other end and netted - the duo of Whitfield and Singh countering and forcing the mistake from 'keeper price who came and missed his kick, Singh keeping his cool and slotting in to the empty net.

It should perhaps have been two some six  minutes later, though a first-time Barnes-Homer effort flew over Price's goal after strong build-up from the visitors, Singh then testing the goalkeeper who produced a low save after the ball came free in the area.

Next it was Whitfield to test Price, 65 minutes on the clock as he did superbly to turn a shot over the bar. Just as Harriers made their hosts pay for missing a key chance, so too they were made to pay themselves, and big time - as two goals in a minute after that chance saw Stourbridge take the lead against the run of play; Tait firing in to the roof of the net from 10 yards after the ball had clattered off the post, Scarr then nipping in to intercept a defensive header and put the ball home.

It went from bad to worse, too - on 77 minutes Harriers were reduced to ten men when Fazlic, one of the top performers on the day, was given his marching orders - a straight red card for a late foul on home skipper Tom Tonks. 

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