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Match Day
Friday, 19 April, 15:00PM - Aggborough Stadium
Att. 1,515 (93 away)
1
Kidderminster Harriers

Ironside 5


2
Leamington

Edwards 10; English 32

Key Moments

Joe Ironside's 17th goal of the season, after five minutes, gave the hosts the perfect start but, in truth, it was as good as the day got

Harriers switched off twice before the break and were punished heavily - Edwards firing home a rebound after a good Palmer save before English nodded home a corner.

 



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HARRIERS all but mathematically ruled themselves out of this season's play-offs with a 2-1 home defeat to Leamington.

Joe Ironside's 17th goal of the season, after five minutes, gave the hosts the perfect start but, in truth, it was as good as the day got.

Harriers switched off twice before the break and were punished heavily - Edwards firing home a rebound after a good Palmer save before English nodded home a corner.

The swift beginning promised plenty; Ironside was 18 yards out and with his back to goal - he spun superbly and fired low and hard past the dive of Breeden and into the bottom corner of the net.

From there, though, the Brakes took over with Gittings firing over - the equaliser coming with just ten on the clock when Edwards slammed the ball home, following up after Palmer made a good save from Bishop's effort.

Past the midway point of the half, Chambers' header forced a good save from Breeden and Williams fired over, before a mighty let-off saw Bishop fire wide for Leamington after being inadvertently played through by Horsfall.

On 32 minutes Leamington had the lead when Murphy's corner was headed in by English, Harriers unable to really gain any further control of the game as frustration started to gather.

Six minutes after the restart, Palmer did well to keep Bishop at bay once again after the striker shaped to shoot inside the area, with Harriers rattling the woodwork moments later when McAlinden went for goal at a tight angle.

Past the hour, Obeng's shot was deflected wide as a rare foray forward for the visitors saw them go close, Ironside then heading into the arms of Breeden as Harriers themselves went searching for more goals.

Inside the final 15 minutes, Harriers did rally and create a string of chances, with Ironside firing over, Austin seeing a shot deflected wide and, with the best of the bunch, Butterfield's rising drive drawing a good save from Breeden as he struck from 20 yards.

There were five minutes of added time and two further chances to come - Horsfall's shot, from distance, well held before a good, towering header from Ironside looped up and over the target.

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Goals
13
Shots at goal
6
Shots on target
4
Corners
1
Offside
1
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Leamington

2
Goals
8
Shots at goal
4
Shots on target
3
Corners
0
Offside
2
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Kidderminster Harriers

18
Tom Palmer
2
Sam Austin
3
Joel Taylor
4
Harry Flowers
Penn 46
5
Fraser Horsfall
6
Ryan Johnson
7
Liam McAlinden
Richards 75
8
Milan Butterfield
9
Joe Ironside
10
Ashley Chambers
11
Ed Williams

Substitutes

12
Russ Penn
Flowers 46
14
Kane Richards
McAlinden 75
15
Harry Higginson
16
Jaiden White
17
Josh Heaton

Leamington

1
Tony Breeden
2
Junior English
3
Connor Gudger
4
Joe Clarke
5
James Mace
6
Jack Lane
7
Jordan Murphy
8
Callum Gittings
Flanagan 63
9
Colby Bishop
10
Jack Edwards
Wilding 70
11
Ahmed Obeng
Hodges 78

Substitutes

12
Reece Flanagan
Gittings 63
14
Sam Wilding
Edwards 70
15
Elliott Hodges
Gittings 78
16
Connor Taylor
17
Dylan Parker

AHEAD of the Good Friday Aggborough meeting with Leamington, goalkeeper Tom Palmer admits it’s “massive” for him to be playing games for his hometown club.

Palmer, 19, first signed professional terms with Harriers in 2016 having graduated from the Academy.

He made his first-team league debut this season with a solid showing at AFC Telford, and started last weekend’s 1-0 win over FC United of Manchester.

Fellow shot-stopper Brandon Hall is fighting to be fit for the visit of Leamington to Aggborough on Friday, but Palmer remains ready to go if called upon.

The action he’s enjoyed so far has certainly whetted his appetite and, looking ahead to the Easter clash against the Brakes, the teenager admitted he’s itching for more.

As a first-team player, an Academy coach and a local lad, Palmer is heavily invested in life at Aggborough, and admitted: “I want to play as many games as I can, preferably here.

“I have got a good following here and there are a lot of people I know that will come and watch.

“I am connected to a lot of people through the Academy and the Juniors; I know a lot of people related to the club.

“So, it’s massive for me to play here, and it is obviously my home town as well!

“There’s a lot going for this club for me.”

With their play-off destiny no longer in their own hands, the brief for Harriers has been crystal clear for many weeks now – just keep winning.

"We can just keep chipping away at the teams above us and see where it gets us." Tom Palmer

Back-to-back victories over Bradford and FC United have at least kept the Reds in touch with the chasing pack but, still, nothing less than a maximum will do going into the meeting with Paul Holleran’s charges.

“That’s all we can do,” Palmer went on to say. “We have got to focus on ourselves and pick up nine out of nine points.

“We can just keep chipping away at the teams above us and see where it gets us.

“There are still chances in there for us and we’re very positive going into the game.

“If we can get into the play-offs it would be fantastic and would give us a chance to put right things that may have gone wrong earlier in the season.”

While Hall (back) will be tested again before the game, the fixture is likely to come too soon for Declan Weeks who continues to manage a back issue of his own.

Billy Daniels (knee) continues his recovery while Nick Clayton-Phillips has yet to re-join the camp after his injury picked up in February.

Kick-off on Friday is at 3pm.

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Tom Palmer pre-match

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Liam McAlinden post-match

 

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