- Two points from two games for Harriers at the start of this season
- A clean sheet at Aggborough as defences come out on top
- Baxendale strikes post in injury time
- Ex-Harrier Knights goes closest for AFC Telford
HARRIERS and AFC Telford United battled to a goalless draw at Aggborough in National League North.
In a fairly tense game with few chances, a Darryl Knights effort in the first half was a close as the Bucks came, while Harriers almost turned one home in hitting the post in injury time.
While it was a game of very few clear-cut chances, the immense tempo at which it was played made for an entertaining affair.
Sam Austin's sixth minute shot, well held, was Harriers first sight of goal while, eleven minutes later, Darryl Knights had the first of two chances in quick succession - one going just over and the other needing a save from Brandon Hall. In between the two, Ellis Deeney also saw an effort saved.
Either side of the half-hour mark saw Ironside go close with a volley and a header that were held and went just over the bar respectively, Bradley then also narrowly missing the target with his own headed attempt.
Speculative efforts from Horsfall and Chambers early in the second half kept Harriers busy, but the latter would go considerably closer on 64 minutes when his far-post finish was hooked off the line.
Shane Sutton's header two minutes later was Telford's last attempt of the night as they shut up shop early in favour of a point.
That meant Harriers had to probe to find a way through and, in the third minute of seven added on at the end of the night they almost managed it - sub Baxendale driving an effort through a crowd of bodies and the legs of O'Connor, only to be denied by the foot of the post.
AFC Telford Utd
AFC Telford Utd
JOE IRONSIDE hopes to see Aggborough rocking on Tuesday night as competitive football returns to Aggborough after almost 100 days away.
The play-off defeat to Bradford Park Avenue may seem a lifetime away to some and, with a new manager and a number of new players, it can’t be said that things haven’t changed a little around the club.
On the back of Saturday’s opening day 3-3 draw at Alfreton Town [WATCH], Harriers are tasked with getting their home campaign underway with a testing local derby against AFC Telford United.
Ironside reflected back on the one point the Reds already have on the board and was confident it was a good start heading into the Aggborough clash.
“They [Alfreton] are a good side and, obviously, we made a few errors,” the striker commented.
“But we played well as a team, we dug in together when we needed to and came away with a positive result.”
Ironside joined Dan Bradley and Kane Richards on Saturday’s score sheet, and there was no hiding the fact that the former Nuneaton man was thrilled to be off the mark.
He now knows the task in hand is to ensure that his goal – and the team’s point – from the weekend now need to be followed up against the Bucks, who will be in fine spirits after an excellent 1-0 victory over Southport kicked off their season.
Ironside added: “It is always nice to score on the first day of the season – it is a weight off your shoulders, getting that first goal.
"Our fans are second to none and always have the place rocking..." Joe Ironside
“Hopefully I can kick on now.
“On Tuesday it is going to be a big game and hopefully there will be a lot of fans there – I’m sure it is going to be a great game.
“Our fans are second to none and always have the place rocking so hopefully it’ll be [the same] on Tuesday.”
Harriers will be hopeful that striker Ashley Chambers will be passed fit for this evening’s game after he was forced to call time on his debut for the club after just 45 minutes at the Impact Arena.
After the game boss Neil MacFarlane was confident it was a “knock” Chambers had picked up rather than anything long-term but should Tuesday prove too soon for the front man, there’s little doubt that Richards will be waiting in the wings to try and claim a starting berth after scoring within a minute of coming off the bench at Alfreton.
Former Harriers men Andre Brown and James McQuilkin are likely to feature at Aggborough for AFC Telford on Tuesday after joining the club following their departures from Worcestershire at the end of last season.
Kick-off is at 7:45pm on Tuesday night.
Don't worry, you can still purchase tickets on the gate once online sales end.
Neil MacFarlane post-match
Fraser Horsfall post-match