Ironside 60, Ngwatala 63
- Second-half strikes win it
- Ironside and Elton on the mark
- Frenchman's first since return
- Allan had given Town the lead
TWO second-half goals saw Harriers come from behind to beat Alfreton Town 2-1 at Aggborough.
After a bright start, Alfreton took the lead through Tom Allan’s goal and them moved into the ascendency.
Harriers were far brighter after the break and goals from Joe Ironside and Ngwatala sealed what were an important three points.
Harriers were the first team to establish any dominance in the game but after failing to take chances, they were left to rue a goal from Alfreton’s Allan on 17 minutes.
Sam Austin, Elton Ngwatala and Joe Ironside all had sniffs off goal before Allan struck, lashing through a crowd of bodies after Harriers had failed to clear a corner, finding the bottom corner from eight yards.
Ironside’s turn and shot late in the half was then as close as Harriers came to a response and, in truth, Hall’s efforts kept it from being more than 1-0 at the break, his efforts keeping out attempts from Allan and Westcarr – that before Allan planted another header just wide from a great position.
Harriers were a different side after the break – John Eustace made a change with Brown coming off the bench and, after a pressure-building quarter-hour or so, the hosts finally completed the turnaround.
After knocking on the door, Ironside had the team level as he chipped a cute finish from McQuilkin’s corner beyond Elliott and into the net, Ngwatala then on the spot three minutes later as, again from a McQuilkin corner that forced the goalkeeper into a save, the Frenchman tucked the ball in at the far post.
Harriers then moved forward with purpose as Brown saw a shot saved, McQuilkin aiming a free-kick just narrowly wide of the upright after lively sub Sonupe was upended just outside the area.
Sonupe wasn’t the only player to show well in coming off the bench – visitor German did so too for Alfreton and twice late on he was denied by expert stops from Hall who kept his team in front.
DAN BRADLEY wants Harriers to make the most of the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend as the team go in search of points, starting with the visit of Alfreton to Aggborough on Saturday.
After enduring something of a mixed start to the campaign, the team now face the prospect of two games in three days with the trip to Brackley Town following on Monday afternoon.
There has been some hard work put in on the training ground once again this week as the squad look to respond to last weekend’s disappointing defeat at Salford City.
Bradley spoke to our YouTube channel and admitted that the team are itching to secure a good haul of points over the next few days.
It all begins on Saturday afternoon as Aggborough hosts Alfreton Town, one of Bradley’s former clubs.
The 26-year-old spent a number of years at the Impact Arena after originally leaving Harriers, though he concedes that, much like at Aggborough, it has been all change for John McDermott’s team over the last couple of months.
Indeed, their start mirrors that of Harriers as the two sides strive for a little consistency.
“We want to win every game and you have to aim high.” Dan Bradley
Ahead of the hectic schedule ahead of the division this weekend, he commented: “That’s the good thing about this league – it’s been a long wait to put things right from Saturday but it is usually [a schedule of] Saturday/Tuesday.
“That’s what we’ve been working on this week; we’ve been doing double sessions and want to put things right.
“I can’t see why we can’t go and get six points this weekend and that’s what we’ll be aiming for.
“A lot has changed at Alfreton this season and they are a new squad – you can see from a lot of the teams that have been put together in the summer that everybody is still trying to make things tick at the minute.
“I don’t think there are many of the lads I’ll know there now but we’re going into this weekend looking to get six points from the two games.
“We want to win every game and you have to aim high.”
Lee Vaughan (leg) and Liam Truslove (knee) are the only likely absentees for Harriers at the weekend.
Vaughan’s rehab continues to escalate nicely while Truslove’s condition continues to be monitored after he was forced to sit out the team’s last couple of games.
Kick-off at Aggborough is at 3:00pm on Saturday.
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Sam Austin post-match
Dan Bradley pre-match
Matt Gardiner post-match
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