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Match Day
Saturday, 18 August, 15:00PM - Aggborough Stadium
Att. 1,522 (194 away)
5
Kidderminster Harriers

Ironside 31 (Pen), 38; Williams 62; Horsfall 72; Weeks 90+2


2
Darlington

Ainge 53; Nicholson 68

Key Moments

  • First win of the season for reds
  • Ironside on target with a brace in the first half
  • Horsfall, Williams and Weeks all net
  • Darlo net with only two efforts on target
  • Visitors reduced to ten men after poor challenge on Weeks


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HARRIERS smashed five past Darlington to record their first win of the season in emphatic style.

The Reds were in total control almost throughout – leading 2-0 at the break, even before Darlington were reduced to ten men. Joe Ironside netted both.

Darlington pulled one back after the break but were quickly put further in the distance by an Ed Williams goal. A second visiting goal was then cancelled out by efforts from Fraser Horsfall and Declan Weeks.

After such a disappointing start to their last home game, Harriers responded in ideal fashion and went at their guests from the off – Weeks and Ironside forcing good saves from Maddison inside the first ten minutes to set the tone.

Weeks and Williams, both so impressive throughout, kept the goal ticking over with less than 15 on the clock, frustration boiling over for Darlington who saw Wheatley dismissed on 17 after a dangerous challenge on the former.

Chambers nodded wide on 27 as Harriers stayed in control, before Ironside calmly slotted beyond Maddison for the game’s first goal from the penalty spot with Horsfall having been fouled. Horsfall himself saw an effort hooked off the line by Ainge with nine minutes left to play in the half, a rampant Harriers going two up as Ironside nodded in a superb Taylor cross.

The Reds were in total control almost throughout – leading 2-0 at the break, even before Darlington were reduced to ten men. Joe Ironside netted both.

Darlington pulled one back after the break but were quickly put further in the distance by an Ed Williams goal. A second visiting goal was then cancelled out by efforts from Fraser Horsfall and Declan Weeks.

After such a disappointing start to their last home game, Harriers responded in ideal fashion and went at their guests from the off – Weeks and Ironside forcing good saves from Maddison inside the first ten minutes to set the tone.

Weeks and Williams, both so impressive throughout, kept the goal ticking over with less than 15 on the clock, frustration boiling over for Darlington who saw Wheatley dismissed on 17 after a dangerous challenge on the former.

Chambers nodded wide on 27 as Harriers stayed in control, before Ironside calmly slotted beyond Maddison for the game’s first goal from the penalty spot with Horsfall having been fouled. Horsfall himself saw an effort hooked off the line by Ainge with nine minutes left to play in the half, a rampant Harriers going two up as Ironside nodded in a superb Taylor cross.

The visitors were considerably more alive after the break and pulled a goal back as Vaughan’s desperate attempt to block away an Ainge header on the line proved in vain by a matter of millimeters, but Harriers were soon back in the ascendancy as Daniels and Chambers both went close.

It was 3-1 on 62 minutes as an excellent run and finish saw Williams open his account with an effort into the bottom corner – Darlington’s second from their only other shot on target from the day following eight minutes later as Nicholson’s smartly-taken effort found the net.

The pendulum would always swing back Harriers’ way, though, and it took just four minutes to again re-establish the two-goal lead as Horsfall nodded in a Weeks corner. The Welshman, voted man of the match by the day’s sponsors, deserved a goal for a great all-round display, and got in the second minute of injury time as he kept his composure to chip Maddison at close range to score for just the second time for Harriers.

Kidderminster Harriers

5
Goals
21
Shots at goal
9
Shots on target
5
Corners
1
Offside
1
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Darlington

2
Goals
7
Shots at goal
2
Shots on target
4
Corners
2
Offside
0
Yellow cards
1
Red cards

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Brandon Hall
2
Lee Vaughan
3
Joel Taylor
Austin 67
4
Jimmy O'Connor
5
Fraser Horsfall
6
Ryan Johnson
7
Declan Weeks
8
Billy Daniels
Baxendale 75
9
Joe Ironside
10
Ashley Chambers
Richards 75
11
Ed Williams

Substitutes

12
Kane Richards
Chambers 75
14
Liam Truslove
15
James Baxendale
Daniels 75
16
Sam Austin
Taylor 67
17
Kennedy Digie

Darlington

1
Jonathan Maddison
2
Luke Trotman
3
Terry Galbraith
4
Tom Elliott
5
Jonathan Burn
6
Dominic Collins
O'Hanlon 40
7
Alex Henshall
Hughes 19
8
Josef Wheatley
9
Reece Styche (C)
10
Simon Ainge
Nicholson 63
11
Stephen Thompson

Substitutes

12
Ben O'Hanlon
Collins 40
14
Jordan Nicholson
Ainge 63
15
Liam Hughes
Henshall 19
16
Harvey Saunders
17
David Syers

Midfielder Declan Weeks is looking forward to a tough test against Darlington on Saturday.

Harriers have begun the season with three draws and were due to play against Chester on Tuesday, their fourth match of the season, but damage to key areas of their Swansway Chester Stadium home lead to a postponement.

Last time out, Harriers rescued a point thanks to a stoppage time equaliser from Kane Richards against Ashton United, a 3-3 draw, but midfielder Weeks sees plenty of room for improvement.

Weeks said: "We were disappointed [with the postponement] as we weren't happy with Saturday's match against Ashton United, and we wanted to put it right on Tuesday.

"We've learnt a lesson from the Ashton United game - not to underestimate the opponents... we need to treat every game in this league as the biggest game of the season and we'll be doing that from now on.

"Taking the positives, we haven't been beaten yet and we showed good character in those games so we just need to up our quality".

Darlington come to Aggborough on Saturday on the back of a  1-1 draw against Blyth Spartans on Wednesday night.

"Taking the positives, we haven't been beaten yet and we showed good character in those games so we just need to up our quality" Declan Weeks 

Tommy Wright's men make the 192 mile trip from the North East, and Weeks knows the match will be a difficult one, but is keen for Harriers to start turning draws into wins.

"They've got their two big boys up top, Styche and Ainge - they're deadly! We played against both of them last year so we know what they're about," Weeks admitted.

"Hopefully we can clique sooner rather than later and get a run together.

"We've drawn our last three games so it's important that we start picking up three points rather than one".

Heading into Saturday, there are no injuries amongst the camp. The only player unavailable is Dan Bradley, who is serving the first match of a three match suspension.

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Match highlights

Declan Weeks pre-match

Neil MacFarlane post-match

Ed Williams post-match

 

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