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Match Day
Saturday, 9 February, 15:00PM - Aggborough Stadium
Att. 1,769 (323 away)
4
Kidderminster Harriers

Weeks 41, Ironside 45, Johnson 71, Williams 86


1
Chester

Asante 36

Key Moments

The Reds controlled the early stages but found themselves behind thanks to Akwase Asante's strike.

A fine response saw Declan Weeks net another sublime goal and Joe Ironside tuck away a header to leave the hosts in front at half time.

A fairly one-sided second half featured a first Harriers goal from Ryan Johnson and a fine effort from the returning Ed Williams to seal the success.



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HARRIERS came from a goal down to surge to an impressive 4-1 win over Chester at Aggborough.

The Reds controlled the early stages but found themselves behind thanks to Akwase Asante's strike.

A fine response saw Declan Weeks net another sublime goal and Joe Ironside tuck away a header to leave the hosts in front at half time.

A fairly one-sided second half featured a first Harriers goal from Ryan Johnson and a fine effort from the returning Ed Williams to seal the success.

The first 20 minutes was an exercise in Harriers finding their feet and rhythm under a new boss. While they dominated the play, some of the dangerous build-up just lacked a killer, final touch.

Things began to look sharper when Ironside lofted an effort over and McAlinden's driven cross almost found the bottom corner, but Chester then went ahead against the run of play. Asante was lively on the edge of the area and followed the path of the ball on to his feet before driving it beyond Hall and into the far corner.

That blow came nine minutes before the interval but was cancelled out by a superb double-salvo from Harriers who swiftly reversed the deficit. Just five minutes after going behind, Weeks turned sumptuously on to a Chambers knock-down, volleying the ball past Shenton and into the net. That was followed five minutes later by McAlinden, who had previously played the ball on to the head of Chambers for the first goal, again supplying the ammunition. His corner was nodded home confidently by Ironside to make it 2-1.

From there, in truth, Harriers always looked like they'd go on and win the game.  Early in the second half, McAlinden tried his luck with a free-kick that glanced over, before a Nick Clayton-Phillips drive was held and a Milan Butterfield shot dragged just wide.

Ironside swivelled and shot at Shenton before the hour, with the visitors staying in the game with a brace of half chances as Dudley and Livesey both hit wide.

Harriers had their tails up and were starting to create more regularly - it's no surprise McAlinden was involved when the third goal came on 71 minutes, his cross missed by Shenton, with Ryan Johnson on hand to side-foot the ball home from eight yards.

Butterfield was in the right place to clear a looping ball off the line as Howson met a cross for Chester but, within two minutes of coming on, Williams was busy causing issues at the other end as he teed up McAlinden to blast wide.

The fourth goal came with four minutes to play of normal time and it was a Williams effort that seemed so familiar from earlier in the season as he wriggled free and confidently took a touch before driving the ball firmly into the net to leave Shenton with no chance.

Harriers did actually have the ball in the net for a fifth time as McAlinden floated a cross towards the far post for Truslove, on as a sub, to head in - he was denied by an offside flag.

Kidderminster Harriers

4
Goals
14
Shots at goal
8
Shots on target
3
Corners
1
Offside
1
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Chester

1
Goals
6
Shots at goal
4
Shots on target
5
Corners
1
Offside
2
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Brandon Hall
2
Sam Austin
3
Joel Taylor
4
Declan Weeks
5
Fraser Horsfall (C)
6
Ryan Johnson
7
Nick Clayton-Phillips
Williams 71
8
Milan Butterfield
9
Joe Ironside
10
Ashley Chambers
Truslove 84
11
Liam McAlinden
White 90+1

Substitutes

12
Ed Williams
Clayton-Phillips 71
14
Harry Higginson
15
Liam Truslove
Chambers 84
16
Jaiden White
McAlinden 90+1
18
Jake Weaver

Chester

1
Grant Shenton
2
Matthew Thomson
3
Matthew Waters
4
Gary Roberts
5
Danny Livesey
6
Steven Howson
7
Anthony Dudley
8
Scott Burton (C)
9
Akwasi Asante
Mooney 78
10
George Waring
Marsh-Hughes 68
11
Craig Mahon

Substitutes

12
Deane Smalley
14
Daniel Mooney
Asante 78
15
Iwan Murray
16
Nathan Brown
17
Lloyd Marsh-Hughes
Waring 68

STRIKER Joe Ironside knows Harriers must match one of the division’s best sides when Chester come to Aggborough on Saturday.

After a patchy start to this season, Chester stormed up to an into the play-off places in National League North.

While they now sit a few places outside the top seven they, like Harriers, are within touching distance of the pack in terms of points.

Striker Ironside is well aware of the threat they’ll pose when they come to Worcestershire on Saturday for what is the first of back-to-back home fixtures for the Reds.

In just over a week, Harriers tackle York City on home soil, but it’s clear all focus is on the immediate task at hand.

“It’s a big game on Saturday because Chester are up there,” Ironside commented, looking ahead to the game.

“These are the games we want to be winning to get us where we want to be.

“Anyone can beat anyone and they’re all good teams in the league, so it is about who is better on the day and getting the three points.

“Chester have pulled right up there so it will be a tough task on Saturday, but we have got to match that.”

For Harriers the game represents something of a fresh start at a vital time in the campaign.

“Anyone can beat anyone and they’re all good teams in the league..." Joe Ironside

Under new management following the return of Mark Yates to the club, the team have had to wait two weeks for match action following the postponement of last weekend’s game at Ashton United.

The enforced break has at least given time for the new manager to make his mark on the training ground.

It’s an impact the former Nuneaton man has been impressed with.

“It has been good,” reflected Joe. “Obviously we’re really organised.

“We’ve got 14 games left now and it is a mini season – we’ve got to get as many points as we can and get to where we should be.

“It has been up and down [this season] but we are two points off it, so what we need to achieve is really achievable.

“We’ve just got to pull together now and, as I said, we’ve got to pick up as many points as I can.”

Harriers will be hoping to be finally seeing the tail end of their injury woes ahead of this weekend.

Ed Williams looks set to feature in some capacity against Chester, while Brandon Hall has also trained during this week.

Billy Daniels (knee) and Josh Heaton (hamstring) should be able to feature at some point during the next two home fixtures, while Russ Penn is also being managed carefully.

Jimmy O’Connor and Tom Palmer are slightly further away in terms of a return to action.

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