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Match Day
Tuesday, 26 February, 19:45PM - Hurst Cross
Att. 226
0
Ashton United


1
Kidderminster Harriers

Daniels 63

Key Moments

Daniels’ maiden goal for the club was the only difference between the two teams as they played out a battle for three vital points.

It came just past the hour, a sweet strike from 20 yards that flew into the net. While it was either side Ashton hitting the woodwork in the first half and having strong penalty shouts in the second, Harriers dug in and picked up a valuable away victory.



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BILLY DANIELS struck his first Harriers goal at a perfect time to help the team to a big 1-0 win at Ashton United.

Daniels’ maiden goal for the club was the only difference between the two teams as they played out a battle for three vital points.

It came just past the hour, a sweet strike from 20 yards that flew into the net. While it was either side Ashton hitting the woodwork in the first half and having strong penalty shouts in the second, Harriers dug in and picked up a valuable away victory.

Up against an Ashton side that had won at Chorley just a few days ago, it was a stern test for Harriers, and one that began with chances at either end from the off; Ironside nodding wide at one end after Hall hand held a Goulding effort, the Harriers stopper then staying behind a Jennings shot after Harriers had again seen Ironside go close.

That was pretty much the theme for the first half, though only the woodwork stopped Ashton from taking a 23rd-minute lead as Dimaio unleashed a drive that thumped the upright and bounced free.

Harriers responded well through a Williams shot that goalkeeper McMahon saved, Chambers then going close as his industry in chasing down the stopper was almost rewarded, an attempted lob just about being dealt with.

It would be the home side who ended the first and began the second half on top. After Hall needed to be at his best to thwart Jennings with an excellent save before the restart, his fingertips were enough to deny Dimaio nine after the resumption.

Harriers took the lead on 63 minutes and it was done in style. Edging further forward, Daniels advanced in space and fancied the drive - driving firmly at an effort from 20 yards that McMahon could do little about.  It might have been a second a minute later, but Johnson couldn't quite connect with a header.

Harriers were flowing a little better with the confidence from the goal and, six after it, they almost made it 2-0 when Daniels played in Chambers who hit a near-perfect volley that dropped over, but not by much.

Fighting for their lives in the bottom three, Ashton were always going to have a spell near the end of the game, and so it came. The test, particularly after Saturday, would be how Harriers dealt with it. The answer was decisive as, for all their pressure, the visitors kept Ashton at bay with only a late penalty appeal threatening to derail the night.

A big clean sheet accompanied three big points after three minutes of added time.

Ashton United

0
Goals
8
Shots at goal
4
Shots on target
7
Corners
1
Offside
1
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Goals
11
Shots at goal
5
Shots on target
2
Corners
0
Offside
0
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Ashton United

1
George McMahon
2
Oliver Crowley
3
Matthew Regan
4
Aaron Chalmers
5
Luke Ashworth (C)
6
Liam Goulding
7
Ryan Jennings
Tomsett 77
8
Sam Sheridan
9
Craig Hobson
Reed 72
10
Connor Dimaio
11
Kallum Mantack

Substitutes

12
Scott Kay
14
John Roberts
15
Jamie Reed
Hobson 72
16
Javid Swaby-Neain
17
Liam Tomsett
Jennings 77

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Brandon Hall
2
Sam Austin
3
Joel Taylor
4
Russ Penn
5
Fraser Horsfall (C)
6
Ryan Johnson
7
Liam McAlinden
8
Billy Daniels
9
Joe Ironside
10
Ashley Chambers
11
Ed Williams

Substitutes

12
Harry Higginson
14
Josh Heaton
15
Harry Stratford
16
Kane Richards
18
Tom Palmer

Manager Mark Yates is looking for Harriers to 'put it right' against Ashton United on Tuesday night following a frustrating afternoon in Blyth.

Harriers made the long trip to Croft Park and returned with a point from a 3-3 draw, but two late goals from The Spartans saw Harriers lose a 3-1 lead.

"...We just have to pick ourselves up and go to Ashton on Tuesday and make sure that we put it right..." Mark Yates

Speaking after the game, Yates said that he wants his team to pick themselves up and put things right against Ashton.

Harrier currently sit six points outside of the playoffs with eleven matches to go, and Yates made it clear that there is still lots to play for as he looks for his team to climb the table.

"I can't criticise them too much, bar not managing the game properly in the last ten minutes," said Yates.

"The chairman bought me in to instil a bit of solidity and toughness, and that reflects result reflects on me - I'm bitterly disappointed that we conceded two sloppy, late goals.

"Their second goal really hurts me to be honest - we work a lot on positions and who does what, but we've let runners go - a back heel, and the ball is in the back of the net.

"When you're 3-1 up you've got to be ruthless, but unfortunately we didn't do that today.

"It makes [reaching the playoffs] harder, but we're not throwing in the towel - believe me.

"There as eleven games to go, still 33 points to play for - we've not given up any hopes in the slightest, we just have to pick ourselves up and go to Ashton on Tuesday and make sure that we put it right".

 

 

 

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