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Match Day
Saturday, 27 April, 15:00PM - Aggborough Stadium
Att. 1,354 (38 away)
1
Kidderminster Harriers

Ironside 79 (pen)


2
Guiseley

Halls 44 (pen); Dyche 68

Key Moments

Joe Ironside netted his 19th goal of the season from the penalty spot but, at that stage, it proved to be too little too late.

The visitors had eased themselves into a two goal lead; Andy Halls scoring a penalty of his own before the break, before Jack Dyche squeezed an effort through the grasp of Tom Palmer to double the advantage.



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HARRIERS ended their season with a tepid 2-1 defeat to Guiseley at Aggborough.

Joe Ironside netted his 19th goal of the season from the penalty spot but, at that stage, it proved to be too little too late.

The visitors had eased themselves into a two goal lead; Andy Halls scoring a penalty of his own before the break, before Jack Dyche squeezed an effort through the grasp of Tom Palmer to double the advantage.

A frustration and, at times, apathetic afternoon saw Harriers condemned to their sixteenth defeat of the season - comfortably more than any other of the teams making up the top ten, with only three teams outside the relegation zone losing more.

It wasn't an afternoon bereft of any positives - Jaiden White was handed his first ever start in senior football at just 17 years and 25 days old, and performed admirably.

Butterfield, Williams and Chambers had sights of goal for Harriers in the opening half an hour, before the latter absolutely leathered a volley off target before Williams, soon after, hit the post with a curling effort.

The Reds looked to have shaded the half, but fell behind with the award of a penalty after White was adjudged to have fouled Cantrill on the edge of the area - Halls stepping up to send the ball beyond Palmer.

The first portion of the second half was a virtual non-event, with only Ironisde's industry taking him close to a goal as he tried desperately to get on the end of deliveries from McAlinden and Austin.

Eight minutes after the hour, the game was all but over as a contest; Dyche played through in the area and chipping Palmer - the stopper looked to have the ball in his grip, but saw it squeeze through his hands and drop beyond him and into the net.

With a quarter-hour left to play, a good effort from Williams forced Dewhurt's first real save of the day before Weeks drove wide - Ironside's penalty then halving the deficit as he tucked the ball home from twelve yards after Richards was upended in the area.

The final whistle called time on a season to forget for Harriers and their fans. A tenth-place finish may seem half respectable in isolation, but falls far below the expectations of everyone associated with the club, not least its fans, after such a strong start. Dropped standards must now be raised again and kept there ahead of what must be a better season, all around, in 2019/20.

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Goals
9
Shots at goal
6
Shots on target
2
Corners
2
Offside
3
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Guiseley

2
Goals
5
Shots at goal
3
Shots on target
3
Corners
1
Offside
3
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Kidderminster Harriers

18
Tom Palmer
2
Sam Austin
3
Liam McAlinden
4
Russ Penn
Weeks 46
5
Fraser Horsfall (C)
6
Josh Heaton
7
Jaiden White
Richards 68
8
Milan Butterfield
9
Joe Ironside
10
Ashley Chambers
11
Ed Williams

Substitutes

1
Brandon Hall
12
Kane Richards
White 68
14
Declan Weeks
Penn 46
15
Harry Higginson
16
Harry Stratford

Guiseley

1
Marcus Dewhurst
2
Cliff Moyo
3
George Cantrill
4
Andy Halls (C)
5
Kennedy Digie
6
William Thornton
Barkers 77
7
Kaine Felix
Archer 72
8
Alex Purver
9
Jack Dyche
10
Kingsley James
11
Will Hatfield

Substitutes

12
Niall Heaton
14
Aleks Starcenko
15
Dylan Barkers
Thornton 77
16
Curtis Morrison
17
Lewis Archer
Felix 72

Heading into the final game of the campaign, Sam Austin is looking to end the season on a high as they face Guiseley at Aggborough.

The 2-2 draw at Southport on Bank Holiday Monday meant that Harriers' play off hopes were ended, but Austin wants to ensure that the players do all they can in the last game of the season to send the fans home happy.

"This is a time to make the fans happy; I'm sure that they're very disappointed with where they finished in the league so it's really important to finish on a win and make them happy," said Austin.

"We've got to be disappointed - as a big club like Kidderminster, we should definitely be making the playoffs and that's what we aimed for this season: promotion.

"Not getting in the playoffs has been really disappointing.

"We had a really good run towards the end and we needed to win every game, which is always going to be tough in this league.

"...They're a tough, very physical team but being at home, it's all about how we play our football and hopefully we can finish on a win..." Sam Austin

"We couldn't quite do it which was disappointing, and other results didn't really go our way either.

"It's important for players to show what they've got as it's the end of the season now, and sometimes for players it's time for contract talks, so they need to impress to be able to sign one".

Following the departure of manager Mark Yates prior to the match at the Merseyrail Community Stadium, Harriers captain, Jimmy O'Connor, stepped in to take charge of the team for the final two matches of the season.

Austin was full of praise for the way that O'Connor has stepped in.

"Jim has stepped in when he's had to and has done a really good job at getting the players ready, no matter what's going on in the background," admitted Austin.

"Even when he's been playing here he's been outstanding - he's such a leader and having him in the changing rooms is a massive bonus to everyone.

"He's worked hard with us throughout the seasons that he's been here - not only in the coaching roles but as a player, and learning off him has been great".

Guiseley head to Aggborough having confirmed their National League North status on Monday with a victory over Darlington.

Our first meeting with The Lions this season ended with a 0-0 draw following a physical and competitive game but Austin is, however, hopeful that the Aggborough meeting will see Harriers end their season on a high.

On a personal note, Austin admitted that he has enjoyed the regular game time that he has achieved this season.

"They're a tough, very physical team but being at home, it's all about how we play our football and hopefully we can finish on a win," said Austin.

"I've really enjoyed this season as I've knuckled down a position in the second half of the season on that right side - whether that's right wing back or right back; I'm trying to make it my own.

"Being a winger previously had definitely helped me in the attacking aspect, but I've had to learn the defensive side and I think I'm really coping with it".

Billy Daniels; Declan Weeks and Joel Taylor will all be assessed ahead of Saturday's game to see if they will be able to play some part following their recent spells out due to injury.

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