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CHAIRMAN: LET'S TAKE THIS FORWARD

Posted: Sat 20 Apr 2013
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Aggborough Stadium, home of Kidderminster Harriers

Image by: PA Photos
Chairman Mark Serrell has had his say on a dramatic day at Aggborough Stadium in which Harriers romped to a 4-0 win over Stockport County. 

The days’ events saw Mansfield Town crowned as Champions of the division and thus gain promotion directly to the Football League. 

That essentially rendered the Aggborough result redundant but that mattered little to the Harriers players who continued with enthusiasm and vigour to match their biggest victory of the campaign. 

The Chairman began his assessment with congratulation’s to the division’s winners as he added: “I am delighted for the supporters, players and management of Mansfield Town – it’s a tremendous result.

“But our performance was terrific today.”

The day was soured slightly by an incursion on to the field of play by a small handful of supporters – a scene that resulted in a near half-hour delay to proceedings.

Serrell was keen to give the incident as little recognition as possible so duly added: “Our fans acted terrifically and I have to congratulate the vast majority of Stockport County who supporters who behaved magnificently in difficult circumstances.

“They treated the day and the occasion with tremendous respect and it is just unfortunate that one or two caused issues and problems.”

He added: “Our stewards and police have worked tremendously hard today and indeed all of this week while we’ve been having regular meetings.

“Yes, of course we will address any ways in which we might be able to improve but that is perfectly natural.

“Intelligence from Stockport going into the game that there was no substantial risk of trouble – these people are experts in their field and gather that information well.

“You put all of that to one side and, unfortunately, you cannot legislate for the mentality of a very, very small minority.” 

We move on of course and so for Harriers it is a second chance at promotion – this time for the play-offs which will at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham on Tuesday.

Serrell concluded: “We now have a fantastic and exciting challenge ahead of us – I was proud of the Kidderminster players today and the performance they put in. 

“Let’s take this momentum forward and achieve our goal of promotion in what would be the most fantastic way possible.”