Wilson 26,56; E. Newby 45, Teague 66
- Harriers soundly beaten by Magpies
- Wilson brace added to by goals from Newby and Teague
- Chambers and Austin with best Harriers chances
- A trio of consecutive home defeats for Harriers
HARRIERS fell to another emphatic home defeat as they were beaten 4-0 by Chorley at Aggborough.
Though Harriers had started the game brightly enough, they never seriously tested Matt Urwin in the Magpies goal. At the break the only difference was a close-range shot from Wilson that beat Hall as the Reds failed to decisively clear.
Weeks and O'Connor had early sights for Harriers before Newby, with just five on the clock, hit wide with a volley.
Bradley dragged wide with 25 played, before Chorley's first goal arrived - Wilson on his toes to pick up the ball and spin before firing past Hall.
A coming together of players soon after almost saw the game boil over but, as it was, there was seemingly to be little more to speak of before the break apart from Cotterill for Chorley and Taylor for Harriers, both hitting off target.
On the stroke of the interval, however, a well-worked second for the visitors saw Elliot Newby pick up on the ball and fire in accurately into the bottom corner.
As with the first half, Harriers did have half chances at the beginning of the second - Weeks hitting over with a free kick and Chambers who narrowly missed out on a header.
Chambers struck wide again before Chorley made it 3-0 on 58 minutes, Wilson latching on to a loose ball combining well with Jordan before firing past Hall who could do little about it.
The fourth game on 66 minutes, Wilson forcing a great save from Hall, the parried ball lading behind him and literally on to the post and on the line where Teague poked it behind.
Newby might have made it four straight away but Hall saved well, before Austin, quarter of an hour later, had arguably Harriers' best chance of the day when he drove at Urwin to punched it away.
Chambers had the final chance of the day, as industrious as ever, as he hit low, but again Urwin was behind it as a miserable afternoon drew to a close.
DECLAN Weeks wants to “eradicate” the form that’s seen Harriers lose their last two home games – with Chorley due next at Aggborough Stadium on Saturday.
The Reds’ home turf has proved to be extremely profitable for the team over the last two-and-a-half years or so, a solid platform for the team to build on.
However, the side have uncharacteristically lost their last two home fixtures in National League North, set-backs against FC United of Manchester and Southport.
Despite that, Harriers remain in a statistically better position now than they did this time last season.
While that gives Weeks cause for some encouragement, the talented midfield player knows that the team need to get back to the kind of standards that have become so recognisable with their start to the season in general.
“It’s not normal for us to lose at home and we need to eradicate that now,” he reflected.
“We’re up there in a better position than last year but we still feel like we should have a lot more points than we do.
“Hopefully we can kick on now and start climbing the table… we set ourselves standards and we know where we need to be and where we want to be.
“We keep working every day towards that.”
It’s hoped Harriers will benefit from a fully-fit squad for the game.
"It’s not normal for us to lose at home and we need to eradicate that now" Declan Weeks
Weeks missed out at Nuneaton Borough last weekend but is back fit and ready for selection, though James Baxendale slotted into his role for the 1-1 draw at Liberty Way.
The Reds are ready to host the high-flying Magpies this weekend. Though they’ve been without a win in their last few league outings, Chorley remain well in the pack at the top of the able thanks to a run at the start of the season Weeks called “amazing.”
He knows, then, the quality they’ll bring to Aggborough, and assists Harriers must be at their best.
He added: “I think it surprises everyone – whenever any team goes on a run like that, it’s amazing, I don’t know how many games they went unbeaten.
“We’ve managed to claw them back a bit now and we need to kick on.
“They’re very physical and I know their team has been together for quite a while, so they know each other well.
“They are very well organised and are tough to break down, but that’s our job to do and hopefully we will.”
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Declan Weeks pre-match
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