Report: Tamworth 2-1 Harriers

Hit-man’s goal not enough…

Joe Ironside

A LATE Joe Ironside goal wasn’t enough to secure Harriers a share of the spoils as they went down 2-1 at Tamworth.

An even first half ended with Tamworth in front thanks to a fine strike from former Harrier Darryl Knights, after Williams had seen a header blocked on the line.

Tamworth’s lead was doubled ten minutes after the break as Reid finished with style inside the area.

Joe Ironside made his return from injury as a substitute and reduced the arrears with ten minutes to go with a close-range finish.

It was very much an end-to-end first half with Knights’ fine strike the only real difference.

Harriers had gone close through McQuilkin’s blocked attempt and Brown’s shot high over the bar from inside the area; while Brandon Hall had been kept busy in keeping out a Callum Powell drive with an excellent parry.

Williams’ header from a corner, blocked on the line, was probably the visitors’ best chance but it would be Knights who opened the scoring as he strode onto Powell’s ball before dispatching it into the top corner.

Reid went on to get the Lambs’ second on 55 minutes; a deflected ball kicking up off Sam Austin in the area and falling to the front man who held it well before putting it beyond Hall and into the bottom corner.

To their credit Tamworth then controlled the game well and pegged Harries back, going close to increasing the lead further through the influential Powell, but he could only slice wide when well placed.

Harriers grabbed one back on 80 minutes when the advancing Ngwatala saw a distance effort parried – straight to Ironside who took a touch before finding the net.

There was one huge chance to draw level after a fine low cross from Wright found the boot of Brown but goalkeeper Rowley was there to meet it with the perfect save at the perfect time.

As ever, you can get all the key match information by visiting the Match Centre.

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