Report from the Emirates FA Cup tie at Stourbridge….
By Matty Paddock - 06/10/2018
Posted 2 months ago
HARRIERS were rocked by a second half comeback that saw them knocked out of the FA Cup, going down 3-2 at Stourbridge having been 2-0 up.
The Reds were in firm control thanks to goal from Ed Williams and Joe Ironside, but an horrendous last half an hour saw the hosts complete the dream turnaround; Kiaman Anderson grabbing a brace before Aaron Forde’s penalty sealed it.
It was a lively enough beginning to the game with both sides getting efforts off through Thompson-Brown and Chambers within the first few minutes.
The former saw a free-kick saved by Hall before, on 12 minutes, Williams was on hand to finish as Chambers turned a cross back in his direction and the team’s top scorer nabbed himself another goal.
Harriers kept edging forward and Bradley twice went close before the half-hour, Weeks then going within inches of a second for his team, only to drive a low shot just past the post.
A dominant half should have produced a second goal for Harriers but, after Wren miss-kicked into the path of Ironside, the striker could only turn his shot on the spin off target by a matter of inches.
Eight after the restart Harriers were two to the good after Chambers was fouled by Hayden; Ironside stepping up to send Wren the wrong way and find the net.
Weeks lifted a free-kick over on 66 and, after that, it was virtually one-way traffic in Stourbridge’s favour; an hour played when Benbow beat Johnson to the ball before squaring to Anderston to tap home.
Benbow then forced a fine save from Hall before, on 71 minutes, Anderson nabbed his second after a long-range drive squirmed free of the grip of Hall and the ball ran loose.
Harriers just seemed to have no response to the home side’s resurgence and, on 77, it was 3-2 – Johnson adjudged to have handled before Aaron Forde tucked home the penalty.
The visitors managed nothing by way of a response to Glassboys’ goals and, after seeing out four minutes of added time, the home fans and their players were able to celebrate the win.
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