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Match Day
Monday, 22 April, 15:00PM - Merseyrail Community Stadium
Att. 956 (138)
2
Southport

Charles 45+1, 65


2
Kidderminster Harriers

Butterfield 61; Ironside 75

Key Moments

The home side had taken the lead on the stroke of half time with a fine strike from Charles, before levelling through a well-taken strike by Milan Butterfield.

Southport would go in front as Charles doubled his tally from close range, but a penalty from Joe Ironside ensured Harriers pulled back level.

The Reds had the best of the chances to win it, too, with Jaiden White denied in injury time.

 



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HARRIERS had to settle for a point in their final away game of the season as they were held 2-2 at Southport.

The home side had taken the lead on the stroke of half time with a fine strike from Charles, before levelling through a well-taken strike by Milan Butterfield.

Southport would go in front as Charles doubled his tally from close range, but a penalty from Joe Ironside ensured Harriers pulled back level.

The Reds had the best of the chances to win it, too, with Jaiden White denied in injury time.

Harriers had a big chance inside three minutes; Chambers led a counter and played in McAlinden who in turn fed Ironside who saw a shot blocked.

Fraser Horsfall hit wide from a corner before flashed a good chance across the face of goal with seven on the clock, before Tom Palmer held on to a shot from Morgan.

Ed Williams was a threat on 26 minutes and supplied McAliden whose shot was blocked away, the former Gloucester man himself taking aim before the break with an effort that rose over the bar.

A chance at either end proved decisive come the break - mere seconds after McAliden had gone oh-so close with a shot wide at one end, Charles fired home for Southport with a strike after a route-one approach from the hosts.

Soon after the break, Harriers had a let off when Sampson curled a gilt-edged chance wide of the post having been gifted the ball in the area.

What had, up to then, been a quiet game well and truly burst into life with two goals in just a few minutes. The equaliser capped a good, composed move that saw Butterfield stride on to the ball before firing it beyond the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.

Sadly for Harriers, celebrations were short-lived; the home side were level as Sampson drew a fine save from Palmer, Charles the only man alert to the youngster's parry as he rounded him before finding the net once more.

With 20 left to play, Harriers were awarded a penalty - Horsfall rose superbly at a corner to head the ball on to the bar; Richards got to the ball first and was dragged down by stopper Hanford. Ironside did the honours from 12 yards to score for the 18th time this term.

Edging into the final quarter-hour, Southport's Bauress and Green had good sights of goal but neither seriously managed to trouble Palmer, Sampson twice more hitting off target before the end.

The big chance for Harriers to win it came in the third minute of added time. Richards did superbly to find space at the by-line and pull the ball back to teenage striker White who struck it well, only to see the goalkeeper block it with his feet as the ball was cleared.

Southport

2
Goals
10
Shots at goal
5
Shots on target
1
Corners
4
Offside
0
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Kidderminster Harriers

2
Goals
10
Shots at goal
5
Shots on target
2
Corners
2
Offside
0
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Southport

1
Dan Hanford
2
Jordan Richards
3
Reagan Ogle
4
Matthew Platt
5
Ryan Astles
6
Andrew Parry
7
David Morgan (C)
8
Marcus Wood
Green 80
9
Dion Charles
10
Jack Sampson
11
Bradley Bauress

Substitutes

12
Morgan Homson-Smith
13
Liam Davies
14
Liam Edwards
15
Devarn Green
Wood 80
16
Joshua Tibbetts

Kidderminster Harriers

18
Tom Palmer
2
Sam Austin
3
Joel Taylor
Heaton 58
4
Russ Penn
5
Fraser Horsfall
6
Harry Higginson
Richards 58
7
Liam McAlinden
8
Milan Butterfield
9
Joe Ironside
10
Ashley Chambers
White 85
11
Ed Williams

Substitutes

1
Brandon Hall
12
Kane Richards
Higginson 58
14
Josh Heaton
Taylor 58
15
Jaiden White
Chambers 85
16
Harry Stratford

RUSS PENN insists Harriers owe to supporters to not allow their standards to slip ahead of the Easter Monday visit to Southport.

The Reds head into the last two games of the season knowing that their hopes of making the play-offs are not quite mathematically over, but are realistically at an end.

The 2-1 home defeat to Leamington [WATCH] and Saturday's results saw the team fall three places and five points adrift of the top seven with just six points to play for.

Looking ahead to the journey to Southport, Penn insisted that nobody outside of Aggborough will care a jot about the team's plight and, as such, focus must move on to the task at hand.

That task is a difficult-looking trip to the Port, who thumped Curzon Ashton 3-0 on Friday.

"We are obviously very disappointed, but football moves on," Penn said.

"Only we, Kidderminster Harriers are disappointed and nobody else cares.

"So we go there with a lot to prove, really, not just for the club but for ourselves.

"There are a lot of players out of contracts who are looking for contracts for next season... everyone has got to there and be professional because, if not, you won't be here much longer.

"At the end of the day, there are three points up for grabs on Monday ... we'll go there, be professional and hopefully get the result."

Harriers will, as ever, be backed by a vocal following at Southport as supporters make the journey for the final away match of the season.

"...we go there with a lot to prove...not just for the club but for ourselves."  Russ Penn

It was them Penn thought of when he added:  "We have our own standards and we have got to show that to the fans, who have been fantastic all season, home or away.

"We've got to give them something to come back for.

"This club shouldn't be where it is, but it is - so it is up to the people who're here, and the staff, to get it where it wants to be."

Harry Flowers has now left Harriers and will not feature in the final two games after requesting he be able to return to Solihull after the defeat to Leamington - the Moors actioning the recall soon after.

Declan Weeks (back) is unlikely to feature while the game is likely to come too soon for Billy Daniels (knee).

Brandon Hall (back) will be assessed prior to the game as he recovers from injury.

Kick-off at Southport Monday is at 3:00.

WATCH: Russ Penn's pre-match video interview courtesy of our YouTube channel by clicking the video tab above.

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