Report: Pilgrims snatch victory…

Report from Aggborough as Harriers fall to defeat against Boston United…

Joe Ironside, Kidderminster Harriers

HARRIERS were left tasting defeat once more on an afternoon of controversy and frustration at Aggborough against Boston United.

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The Pilgrims were the brighter to start and went ahead early through a Wright goal on six minutes.

After finding their feet, the hosts finished the half the far stronger, pulling level through Joe Ironside after earlier hitting the bar.

Boston would be awarded a penalty late in the 45, though, as what looked to be a questionable call saw Heaton penalised for the award of a penalty that Davies converted.

Harriers had an effort cleared off the line in the second half and pushed hard for an equaliser but United stood tall, despite huge claims for a handball in the area deep into injury time.

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Save for a run and shot wide by Austin, Boston’s opener was the first real chance of the game, coming as Wright was played in before taking a shot from distance that caught Hall unsighted before finding the bottom corner.

Vaughan had to hook an Abbott effort off the line with 21 on the clock before Harriers went close with Ironside’s header dropping just wide of the post. Momentum started to build, though, and after Horsfall’s header was tipped on to the bar with half an hour gone, Harriers took the lead just two minutes later; Bradley played in by Weeks before driving a low cross into Ironside who slid in the finish.

That head of steam continued to gather but was killed seven minutes later as Boston were awarded their penalty, Heaton adjudged to have caught Allott in trying to clear the ball. Davies stepped up and fired the penalty in off the bar.

The second half started with a handful of Harriers half chances; Austin twice and Heaton also going close, a clearance off the line just before the hour seeing Ironside denied his second.

On 63 minutes, Rollins had strayed a good few yards offside but was able to go through one-on-one with Hall before firing wide, the same player again testing the keeper five minutes later.

With the visitors content to wind down the clock and bring down Harriers players at will, Harriers weren’t able to fashion together another meaningful assault on the target, but here was one final moment of controversy. After Richards had seen his shot from 12 yards clearly blocked by the arms of at least one United player, appeals for a penalty were waved away – frustrations regrettably boiling over with the striker himself seeing red for his protestations.

That was deep inside six minutes of added time, with Boston able to see out the final seconds without incident.

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