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Targets still in sight for boss

Boss Mark Yates on York City, the final dozen games and more…



Kidderminster Harriers manager Mark Yates. Pic - PA Images.

Mark Yates insists the target of reaching the National League North play-offs is still “well achievable” as Harriers approach their final dozen games of the term.

It’s been one win and one defeat for the gaffer since his return to Aggborough.

The 4-1 success over Chester was followed up by the 2-1 set-back against York City this past weekend.

Ahead next for the Reds is the prospect of two tough trips to Blyth Spartans and Ashton United.

Reflecting on the York fixture and with one eye looking forward, the gaffer refused to use a damaging sickness bug in the camp as an excuse for the result – despite it wiping out a large portion of the squad for much of the last week.

“It’s one of those things you have to deal with, but it isn’t an excuse.

“It’s up to me, Jimmy and Russ to pick them up again.

“We have 12 games to get to where we want to go, and that’s still well achievable.”

Of the York defeat, which was of contrast to the Chester performance, Yates added: “We just didn’t do what we intended to do.

“I can’t criticise their effort but, when we needed to slow it down and have a little bit of quality, we played at 100 miles an hour.

“We were playing opposites… when we needed to hurry things up, we slowed things down and had another pass.

“It wasn’t what we wanted. Last week was a good start but we didn’t get to those standards [on Saturday].”


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