Report: Reds out of Trophy

No FA Trophy progress for Harriers this season…

Kidderminster Harriers' Kane Richards

HARRIERS were knocked out of the FA Trophy by a 3-1 defeat at the hands of York City.

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The Reds’ afternoon got off to the worst start as Burrow put York ahead after a minute, Lewis Hawkins doubling the advantage with a far-post finish.

A penalty from Burrow after the break added a third before the arrears were reduced by a smart Lee Vaughan finish. Harriers had the chance to make it 3-2 late on but Ed Williams saw a penalty saved.

In the main, the performance was a definite improvement for Harriers on recent weeks – and certainly on recent games played at Aggborough. It was York who struck first, though, with barely a minute on the clock when Harriers was able to get in behind, sliding the ball to Burrow who buried it from a yard out.

The home side responded well enough, Billy Daniels smashed an effort over the bar just a couple of minutes later before Kane Richards, on his first start, headed into the hands of Adam Bartlett from close range.

Any momentum they were building was punctured when the second goal arrived on 22 minutes, Hawkins this time with the simple task of slotting home at the far post after ghosting in unchecked.

The half hour mark arrived and signalled an improvement from Harriers, Williams’ shot forcing Bartlett into a good save before a fizzing effort from 18 yards only narrowly missed the target. Two further, good chances to reduce the deficit before the break when Chambers – clean through – was denied by Bartlett’s stop, Richards also denied from just outside the area

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Daniels forced another save from Bartlett early after the restart but Harriers found themselves 3-0 down on 51 minutes when Burrow completed his brace from the penalty spot after Horsfall was adjudged to have fouled Bray.

Harriers did keep the efforts coming. Horsfall seeing a header saved off a Horsfall corner before Chambers, rising at the far post, could only direct a header at the goalkeeper – with Hall saving from Harris in between.

The hosts deserved a breakthrough and got one on 66 minutes as Vaughan slotted home on the rebound after Austin’s shot had been parried away by Bartlett, Bradley also going close with an accurately-taken effort from 30 yards that the stopper held up at his top corner.

With just a couple of minutes of normal time remaining, there was something of a lifeline thrown Harriers’ way as Richards was fouled in the area to the award of a penalty. Williams stepped up to take it, but Bartlett thwarted the twelve-yard effort.

Though the performance gave cause for some encouragement after recent weeks, Harriers fans left disappointed with their season’s FA Trophy adventure ending before it really began.

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