Ngwatala 10 Ironside 59
- Harriers through to First Round
- Ngwatala opens the scoring
- Ironside up to 11 for the season
- York to visit on December 16
HARRIERS will meet York City in the First Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy after a comfortable 2-0 replay win over Boston United at Aggborough.
Goals from Elton Ngwatala and Joe Ironside – one in each half – were enough to seal safe passage through for Harriers who, on the whole, were largely untroubled on the night.
The reds were among the chances early – Brown saw a shot blocked before Ironside’s effort was well parried by Willis. The re-worked ball was kept by Ngwatala who dazzled past his man before firing in at the near post.
McGuire volleyed off target for Boston midway through the half, but the hosts remained in the ascendancy with both skipper Croasdale and Ironside testing the reactions of Willis before Ngwatala nearly added a second with a header that was blocked behind.
Before the break, Austin cut inside and drew another save from Willis before Ironside once again was denied by a deflection – much as he was with just eight played in the second period.
Soon after, Hemmings might well have done better when in space as he hit off target, Harriers punishing them with the second goal six minutes later an McQuilkin’s pinpoint delivery was powered home by Ironside’s head.
Hall gathered well from McGuire on the hour but Harriers continued to push forward as well as staying solid at the back, sub Sonupe almost making it three with his near-post finish seven after the hour.
One of the best pieces of defending on the night saw Horsfall get back to superbly block Thompson’s effort – a clean sheet hard-earned as the boys saw out the win.
JAMES MCQUILKIN says Harriers must take a positive attitude into Tuesday night’s Buildbase FA Trophy replay against Boston United at Aggborough (7:45pm).
The Pilgrims make the trek to Worcestershire on the back of Saturday’s 2-2 draw.
It was a game that saw the reds in firm control thanks to goals from Andre Brown and Joe Ironside.
But two strikes in the final dozen minutes saw United draw level and set up Tuesday’s game.
McQuilkin looked ahead to the re-run and admitted there was disappointment in the camp at how the original tie ended, but says that the team must instead put their focus on Tuesday night’s affair instead.
He reflected: “We were disappointed not to win but we felt we played very well; we were disappointed to concede the two late goals but we have to think about Tuesday now and winning that game.
“At 2-0 up we were comfortable, but we just have to manage the game and see it out; we obviously didn’t do that as well as we could have.
"...we have to think about Tuesday now and winning that game." James McQuilkin
“It’s something we need to learn from but we can take the positives out of the game; I thought we played really well, as we had the last couple of games.”
Harriers will be able to welcome back Tyrone Williams for tonight’s game.
The defender has served a three-match suspension for a recent sending off, but is now available to boss John Eustace.
It’s hoped that Liam Truslove will be able to feature after being ruled out late of Saturday’s game with illness – Joel Taylor in roughly similar circumstances after being ill on the back of an absence due to injury.
Supporters should be aware that only the Main Stand and North Stand will be open this evening.
There is pre-match hospitality available at this game at just £8 per person for a chicken and chips supper.
Match admission is pay on the turnstiles at £10 adults, £6 concessions and £1 U16s.
The tie will be settled tonight, with extra time and penalties waiting in the wings if necessary.
Kick-off at Aggborough is at 7:45pm.
Brandon Hall post-match
Matt Gardiner post-match
Extended Match Highlights