Turner 25; McKenna 74; Dixon 90 (pen)
- Reds create plenty but can't find the net
- Turner gave hosts half time lead
- Sub McKenna killed off tie
- Penalty in the dying moments adds to the score
HARRIERS' journey in the Buildbase FA Trophy came to an end for another season at Stockport thanks to a 3-0 Second Round replay defeat.
The reds were dominant for large spells for the game and racked up more than a dozen good chances to net on the night, but were made to pay as County struck three times without reply - though two of those came in the last 15 minutes.
In the first half, Harriers created chance after chance with the likes of Dan Bradley, Liam Truslove and Emmanuel Sonupé all looking threatening. Even inside the first ten minutes, Brown saw a shot snapped off target before Bradley's deflected skewed wide.
After Hall had denied County's Dixon, Croasdale curled a beauty of an effort narrowly wide before turning provider for Truslove who drove wide - all before the midway point of the half.
Just after that, though, County were in front as Turner's well-taken shot beat Hall - though Ormson did well right up at the other end as, within three minutes, Truslove directed an effort towards the top corner that needed parrying wide.
Either side of the break, a brace of Sonupé efforts were followed by Brown, Bradley and Croasdale who also had attempts, Pearson then almost netting with an outrageous attempt on the hour that just flashed past the bar on the hour.
Austin and Sonupé then would go close yet again but County were again brutal in their punishment with a quarter of an hour left to play as a driven attempt from McKenna deflected past Hall.
Harriers did still try to push forward but, hitting them on the counter, the Hatters won an injury-time penalty that Dixon converted to add a little more harsh a look to the score line as John Eustace's men made their exit from the competition.
BRANDON HALL is excited for more action as Harriers head to Stockport for a Buildbase FA Trophy replay against the Hatters on Tuesday night.
The reds’ custodian had a fine view of all the drama from the initial tie this past Saturday.
The 2-2 draw at Aggborough saw a red card, a penalty saved by Hall’s opposite number and a dramatic comeback.
While it’s obviously hoped Harriers will won’t have to handle quite so many set-backs second time around, it’s clear the day whetted the appetite of the former Woking man.
He recalled to our YouTube channel: “It was an interesting game!
“We were patient in the first half and were unfortunate to go one down – I think we showed fantastic character to come back having missed a penalty and gone down to ten men.
“Their goalkeeper had a great game and made some good saves.
“It will be a good game on Tuesday and I’m looking forward to it.”
Harriers make the trip on Tuesday knowing that they already have one win at Edgeley Park under their belts this season.
Joe Ironside’s brace secured a 2-1 victory in National League North action but, as Hall knows, that will count for very little come kick-off this time around.
He added: “I suppose you could say we have the upper hand because we’ve beaten them before, but this is a completely separate game.
“And it’s a cup match rather than a league match but we will go there confident.”
Boss John Eustace confirmed after Saturday’s tie that Dan Bradley and Lee Vaughan both came through the game well as they continue to start matches following long-spells out.
Joel Taylor and Declan Weeks aren’t thought to be far from returning after time out with illness and injury respectively, though neither featured at the weekend.
Kick-off at Stockport on Tuesday night will be 7:45pm.
Remember, as an FA Trophy replay, the tie will be settled on the night, with extra time and penalties due to be played if the scores are level at 90 minutes.
WATCH: Highlights of Saturday's 2-2 draw.
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Brandon Hall pre-match
Post Match Reaction
Extended Match Highlights