Horsfall 83; Bradley 88
- Reds come from behind for big win
- Bradley's winner came after Horsfall's screamer
- Brackley had scored through Dean moments prior
- Three goals in seven minutes at the death
HARRIERS came from behind amid a late flurry of goals to seal a fine 2-1 win over Brackley Town at Aggborough.
In a good battle between two of the division’s play-off chasers, Brackley looked to have stolen a march as they netted a late opener with just nine minutes to play, but goals from Fraser Horsfall and Dan Bradley ensured Harriers had the final say and produced a fine comeback.
The first half had chances at a premium as two well-organised teams searched for a way through – Elton Ngwatala’s shot and an effort from Town’s Matt Lowe about the sum total for the opening 20 minutes or so.
With 25 on the clock we had the first real opening of the day and it was out of the top draw – Bradley finding space and advancing on goal before firing a rocket of a shot that cannoned off the underside of the bar and away.
Brackley’s Shane Byrne and Ngwatala once again had half sights of goal in the final moments of the first period, but it was Harriers who forced the first serious save of the day just a minute after the interval; Lee Vaughan trying his luck from distance and his former Aggborough team mate, Dan Lewis, tipping over the bar.
Five minutes later Lewis displayed some brilliant reflexes to beat away a deflected Bradley shot, before Ngwatala and Weeks struck off target with efforts of their own.
Harriers controlled much of the second half but, nine before the end, the visitors stole ahead. The ball was chipped towards the far post, a space vacated after Hall had busied himself making a fine, low save – Dean on hand to nod the ball in at close range.
Barely 90 seconds had elapsed, however, before an equaliser arrived in sensational fashion; defender Horsfall stepping inside and driving a screamer of an effort from fully 35 yards that rose all the way on its way past the dive of Lewis and in to the top corner.
Those scenes would then be topped just six minutes later as the home side produced a sublime move to win the affair; Croasdale and Sonupé pressing hard to win back the ball before releasing Vaughan who, in space, cut it back to Bradley who coolly fired past Lewis and into the net.
GEORGE Waring feels Harriers must maintain their belief as they bid to recover from Friday’s defeat at Boston in hosting Brackley Town on Easter Monday.
The Saints visit Aggborough as Harriers go up against yet another of the division’s promotion contenders.
For the reds it is once again a case of having to respond the right way after a set-back – Friday’s loss coming in dramatic late fashion and an 89th-minute goal after it looked as though the ten men had done enough to earn a share of the spoils.
Striker Waring, who had netted an equaliser for Harriers at York Street, insists the squad are far from down and out as they look towards their next fixture.
He stressed that the boys must believe in their aims and goals for the campaign, telling the official website: “The talent is there; the way we play, the ability of the lads and the way we’re training.
“...It is massive for us to go again on Monday..." George Waring
“It’s a very talented team and it is good enough to get promoted – we believe that.
“We didn’t come away from Boston thinking ‘that’s it, we’re done’, we’re just disappointed that we let a point slip.”
The scenario is a frustratingly similar one for Harriers. Their last home game was the dramatic 4-4 draw against Salford.
Waring, though, says the squad of tired of having to dust themselves down in this way.
He added: “We bounced back from the disappointment of letting Salford back into the that game with a good win and performance on Tuesday night.
“So it is massive for us to go again on Monday and bounce back, although we are fed up of saying ‘we need to bounce back’ because we want to be winning every week.
“That’s what we need to start doing – or at least getting something from every game now.”
Harriers were able to welcome back Elton Ngwatala to the squad on Good Friday. The Frenchman had missed a few weeks of action with a knee injury.
Liam Truslove and Jimmy O’Connor remain the squad’s only two injury absentees.
Kick-off at Aggborough on Easter Monday is at 3:00pm.