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Match Day
Monday, 5 February, 19:45PM - The Tameside Stadium
Att. 200
1
Curzon Ashton

Hunt 71


2
Kidderminster Harriers

Croasdale 50; Waring 80

Key Moments

  • Tight first half
  • Croasdale opens scoring after 50
  • Curzon skipper Hunt heads equaliser
  • Waring nets winner


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A goal in the last ten minutes gained Harriers all three points against Curzon Ashton.

Ryan Croasdale opened the scoring just after half time, but Jonothan Hunt levelled 19 minutes from the end. George Waring then put Harriers back in front with ten to play, sealing Harriers the three points.

The first chance of the game fell to the home side after just two minutes. Baillie crossed into the box – Regan connected firmly, but his header cannoned off the bar and away.

Harriers’ first real chance on the night fell to James McQuilkin. The midfielder stood over a well placed free kick 20 yards from goal and let fly, beating the wall, but not Curzon ‘keeper Mason.

An intense ten seconds followed after 25 minutes – McQuilkin involved once more to strike against the woodwork. The play was then recycled to Vaughan who crossed fantastically to Ironside who met the cross with his head, but Mason somehow manages to claw the ball away.

Heading into half time, the game was tight with little to pick between the two sides. However, Harriers started the second half brightly, culminating in the opening goal of the night after 50 minutes. Sonupé raced down the right and squared for Croasdale who’s shot was saved, but the Harriers skipper made no mistake on the rebound.

The home side levelled 21 minutes later through their captain, Jonothan Hunt. Dwyer’s cross from the right was dangerous and found the head of his skipper, nodding past Hall from six yards.

Harriers then pushed to get back ahead and came close through Ngwatala who headed just wide from a McQuilkin cross..

The pressure then paid dividends for the away side as Bradley played an inventive, perfectly timed pass through the defence to Waring, who took it around Mason and tapped into the empty net, ensuring all three points would be returning to Worcestershire.

Curzon Ashton

1
Cameron Mason
2
Oliver Thornley
Dwyer 68
3
Matthew Regan
4
Jonathan Hunt (C)
5
Daniel Shaw
6
Chris Rowney
7
James Baillie
Wharton 83
8
Sam Walker
9
Niall Cummins
10
Richard Baker
Dunwoody 75
11
Ben McKenna

Substitutes

12
Luke Clark
14
Jake Dunwoody
Baker 75
15
Ben Wharton
Baillie 83
16
Sam Madeley
17
Aaron Dwyer
Thornley 68

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Brandon Hall
2
Lee Vaughan
3
Joel Taylor
4
Ryan Croasdale (C)
5
Fraser Horsfall
6
Jimmy O'Connor
7
Declan Weeks
8
James McQuilkin
9
Joe Ironside
Waring 73
10
Elton Ngwatala
Pearson 85
11
Emmanuel Sonupé
Bradley 67

Substitutes

12
Andre Brown
14
James Pearson
Ngwatala 85
15
Sam Austin
16
George Waring
Ironside 73
17
Dan Bradley
Sonupé 67

JAMES PEARSON has talked about the strength of competition within the Aggborough ranks ahead of Monday night’s league match at Curzon Ashton.

The defender was forced to sit out of the 3-0 victory over Southport at Aggborough last time out as Jimmy O’Connor and Fraser Horsfall slotted into the heart of defence.

Pearson, an experienced head in his own right, fully admitted to being disappointed at missing out – but stressed it’s all part of the game.

He knows that his job, as with all players, is to be ready for action at a moment’s notice, especially in the fast-paced life of Kidderminster Harriers

“There is competition for places now,” Pearson told our YouTube channel.

“I didn’t play last week, which I was disappointed with, but it’s about being ready when called upon.

“Obviously I want to play football matches and that’s what I have come here to do, and if I am called upon I will do my best for the team, and be patient for the time being.

“You have got to prepare like you are going to be starting the game because anything can happen overnight or during the warm-up.

“If you don’t prepare correctly then you are harming yourself and the team.

“There is no malice when one of us is starting and one of us is on the bench – that’s just football and as you get older, you learn that this happens.”

“If you don’t prepare correctly then you are harming yourself and the team."  James Pearson

Harriers were out of action on Saturday after their opponents for the day, Stockport County, were in FA Trophy action instead – ironically after knocking the reds out in the previous round.

Curzon, too, were left kicking their heels after their scheduled match at home to Gainsborough Trinity was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

It means both teams face the prospect of returning to action on Monday night at the Tameside Stadium.

Pearson added: “I wasn’t here when we played them earlier this season but I have heard that it is a good pitch there.

“That would suit our game but it is important that we go there with a positive mindset to win the game, because we want to push higher up the league.

“If we won a scrappy 1-0 then it is still a win for us, so we have to go there full of confidence.”

There are not thought to be too many serious injury concerns for Harriers ahead of the game.

As of last weekend’s Southport win, only Liam Truslove and Dan Bradley were on the treatment table but both will be given every chance to feature against the Nash.

Kick-off at Curzon Ashton on Monday night is at 7:45pm.

WATCH: James Pearson’s full pre-match video interview courtesy of our YouTube channel by clicking the video tab above.

 

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