Williams 81, 88
HARRIERS snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with this late comeback at Bradford.
Trailing 1-0 with nine left to play, the side produced a fantastic response and went home with all three points thanks to two fine Ed Williams goals.
TWO late Ed Williams goals saw Harriers storm from behind to win 2-1 at Bradford Park Avenue.
It was a tight encounter between the teams who, prior to the match, sat in second and third place respectively in the National League North.
In a quiet first half in terms of chances, Bradford had the first real chances of the game, both coming after six minutes.
Firstly, Jamie Spencer tested Brandon Hall from range before Jake Beesley saw himself played through into a dangerous position, angling his chip over Hall but wide of the far post.
Nine minutes later, Nicky Wroe rifled an effort at goal from 25 yards - drilling it just wide of the post.
Harriers slowly worked their way into the game - Ashley Chambers playing a delicious one-two with Joe Ironside on the edge of the area, the former displaying a sharp burst of speed to race into box and chip an effort just wide.
Williams, positive as always, opened up the Bradford defence after 26 - firing a shot low to Drench's right, forcing a save.
'Stalemate' is a good way to describe the rest of the half, both teams solid in defence to cancel out attempted attacks.
The second half was somewhat more open, in fact, Oli Johnson almost found the net within the first minute - dancing free inside the area and flashing an effort just wide.
Additionally, before the half was ten minutes old, Vaughan and Chambers both having efforts, the latter having a header cleared from the line.
However, it was Bradford that would take the lead as the clock struck 61 - Connor Branson connecting with a free kick delivery that was knocked down by Beesley to finish past Hall.
Four minutes later, Bradford came within inches of extending their lead, Johnson striking against the base of the post from inside the box.
As the match headed into the final ten, Williams spelt his name amongst the headlines - firstly with a fine individual effort, weaving through multiple challenges before planting his shot into the back of the net.
His second would display the same dribbling ability, drifting past three challenges and finishing low via a deflection, ensuring a 2-1 victory.
Bradford Park Avenue
Bradford Park Avenue
Sam Austin wants to turn negatives into positives as Harriers travel to face Bradford (Park Avenue) on Saturday.
While Harriers have lost just once in their opening eleven games, sitting second in the Manarama National League North table, they surrendered a 2-0 advantage against Stourbridge last Saturday, losing 3-2 to exit the Emirates FA Cup at the Third Qualifying Round stage.
But despite the disappointment, Austin is keen to ensure that it is just a one off, and Harriers return to winning ways as quickly as possible.
"We'd been confident in the last part of games in the league, so it was a real shock to us - we let down the fans and let down ourselves," said Austin.
"It's the perfect time to put in better performances in the league now.
"There are a lot of negatives that we need to fix, and it could help us in the future because we need to realise what we did wrong and improve".
"...they are doing well in the league but it's down to us now to make things right..." Sam Austin
Both sides partaking in the match at the Horsfall Stadium have flown out of the blocks in the league, setting the stage for a 2nd v 3rd clash.
It displays progress for The Avenue, who have become a consistent challenger at the top in the last couple of years.
However, Austin is pleased with the progress of Harriers in that time period.
"It's a tough place to go, they are doing well in the league but it's down to us now to make things right," admitted Austin.
"In the last few years, they've come on leaps and bounds, but so have we.
"We're getting stronger and getting used to each other, so it will be a really good game.
"It's going to be a hard game, every game is hard in this league so we're going to prepare right, and hopefully get a result".
Harriers will be hopeful of a return to the side for Fraser Horsfall after he missed the Stourbridge clash with injury - so too Daniel Bradley after he was forced into an early withdrawal during the same game.
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Sam Austin pre-match
Neil MacFarlane post-match
Lee Vaughan post-match