Horsfall 49 (OG)
- Sonupe strike opens scoring
- Hall saves Chapman penalty
- Own-goal leaves Horsfall stranded
- Season's first draw
HARRIERS were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Boston United at Aggborough.
The home side took a sixth-minute lead through a brilliantly-taken Emmanuel Sonupe goal, before Brandon Hall saved Boston penalty.
Fraser Horsfall's own goal levelled matters four after the restart in what was a game full of talking points.
Harriers started brightly and quickly took the lead, a quick, long throw from goalkeeper Hall finding Sonupe in space - the youngster spotted the goalkeeper off his line and carefully guided the ball up and beyond him and into the net.
Austin, Ironside and Bradley all had attempts to add to the score before McQuilkin was adjudged to have fouled his man inside the area - Chapman stepping up for the visitors only to see his low shot saved well by Hall.
Having finished the half on top, it was a blow for Harriers to be pegged back quickly after the break - a chance shot by Tshimanga striking a helpless Horsfall and bouncing up off the bar and into the net.
Tshimanga was denied by Hall again soon after, before Bradley, after the hour, let fly with a curling effort that Willis did well to parry away to safety.
Ngwatala kept Willis' hands warm inside the final dozen minutes, sub Will Longbottom driving a shot into the side-netting with just four to go.
ANDRE Brown says he wants Harriers to start “putting a stamp on the league” as they welcome Boston United to Aggborough on Saturday.
The reds are in the midst of an inconsistent start to the season, and are again looking to get back to winning ways following the Bank Holiday Monday defeat at Brackley Town.
They do so at Aggborough where recent form has been good – the last two matches yielding wins against Leamington and Alfreton Town.
Hit-man Brown, fresh from his first start of the season last time out, is eager for Harriers to start churning out results on a more regular basis – and is fully confident in the team’s ability to do so.
“It’s not the way we wanted to start the season and it is a bit slow,” he commented.
“But it’s early doors, so it is just important for us where we want to be.
“We need to be a bit more consistent in grinding out a 0-0 or a 1-0, but it has not really been good enough at the moment and we know what we need to do.
“We’re looking forward [to] Boston on Saturday as it’s a big opportunity for us to put things right.
“This is where we need to start picking up points and putting a stamp on the league.”
The trickiness of this weekend’s test is underlined in the fact that Boston, too, are eager to kick-start their campaign.
The Pilgrims have picked up just a couple of wins so far despite the fact that they’re generally considered to be among the play-off contenders this season.
“We do work hard in training and strikers and wingers go off and do their own bits, but I do know that we are going to put things right.” Andre Brown
Brown knows that no matter what happens when the two teams go head to head this weekend, the reds will need to rediscover their freedom in and around the area to find the back of the net more regularly.
On dominating games without necessarily taking advantage, he added: “It’s been like that for a few games this season.
“We have dominated games but just lacked that finishing bit.
“We do work hard in training and strikers and wingers go off and do their own bits, but I do know that we are going to put things right.”
Harriers are likely to still be without midfielder Liam Truslove through injury on Saturday as he continues to battle with a knee injury.
The prognosis is at least better for Monday’s missing trio of Joel Taylor, Dan Bradley and Joe Ironside.
Whether all three will be fit to be thrust straight back into action remains to be seen but boss John Eustace is expected to be able to at least call on some of the contingent.
Meanwhile, new signing Fraser Horsfall is available for selection after joining on loan from Huddersfield Town.
Kick-off at Aggborough Stadium on Saturday is at 3:00pm.
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Andre Brown pre-match
Joel Taylor post-match
John Eustach post-match