Dudley 6 (Pen); Hughes 52, 81
Williams 72 (pen)
HARRIERS suffered their first defeat of the new season as they went down 3-1 at Chester.
An Ed Williams penalty in the second half was all the Reds had to cheer as they were defeated by an early penalty from the home side and two further strikes in the second period.
That spot-kick for the home side was the game’s first major event, coming on six minutes when Taylor was adjudged to have fouled his man in the area – Dudley the man to step up and send the ball beyond Brandon Hall from 12 yards.
Chester did a sound job of keeping Harriers at arms length with only distance efforts from Daniels to speak of in the first half of the period, Dudley spurning an excellent chance to make it 2-0 at the other end after drilling an effort wide.
Harriers had their first big chance seven before the break when Chambers, played in by Weeks, saw a firm shot blocked, Vaughan then almost catching the goalkeeper off target with a looped cross that almost found the net.
The second half, frustratingly for Harriers, began in much the same way as the first -an early goal for the home side. A dangerous corner from Mooney looping up into the air where Hughes was on hand to turn it home.
Within seconds, Harriers were inches away from an immediate reply when Bradley turned a shot narrowly wide, but Chester held firm and went on to make more chances through Murray and Hughes as the game drifted into its final third.
A handball inside the area gave Harriers their lifeline on 73 minutes – Livesey penalised and Williams stepping up to net his sixth of the campaign. Two minutes later, a flurry in the area saw Bradley and Chambers both have shots blocked at close range.
The final word would be with the home side, though; they added their third with nine left to play when Hughes got in at the by-line, holding up the ball for a team mate in the middle before deciding to go for it himself, slamming in a tight finish into the far corner. Hall had to meet efforts from Hughes and Roberts saw an effort wide to ensure the Seals finished on top.
Harriers manager Neil MacFarlane is delighted with how Harriers' current form as his side head to Chester on Tuesday night.
MacFarlane's men head to the Swansway Chester Stadium following an impressive 3-0 victory over York City on Saturday, with a brace from Ed Williams coupled with a Joe Ironside strike bringing three points back to Worcestershire.
Speaking following the match against The Minstermen, MacFarlane was particularly pleased with the manner of the victory as Harriers picked up their third clean sheet of the campaign, which is something that the gaffer wants to maintain.
"We need to keep more clean sheets, we've mentioned that a number of times both in our analysis and on the training ground," admitted MacFarlane.
"We're averaging a number of goals per game and we have fantastic goal scoring threat within the side, both from midfield and in an attacking element, and long may that continue.
"At the start of the season, we encountered a number of draws that led to the start of the unbeaten run, but now we're starting to win games and that is so important, it climbs you right up the league.
"We're in a very good position but it's very early, I won't stop driving them to get better and better".
Similarly to Harriers, Chester - who are finding some form - picked up a victory on the road on Saturday, winning 2-0 against Boston United.
"We'll go again at another tough venue," said MacFarlane, of the trip to another of the division's promotion contenders.
"We always put a team on the park that we think can win, and we go with a mindset to win games".
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