Keane 24; Middleton 30; Wafula 90
Bradley 15; Waring 72
- Late goal wins the tie as Boston strike in the 89th
- Bradley had put Harriers ahead
- Boston lead 2-1 at the break
- Waring's goal as a sub not enough second half
HARRIERS were beaten late at Boston United on Good Friday as Lee Vaughan saw red in a 3-2 defeat.
The visitors took the lead in the first half through Dan Bradley before the hosts hit back with two goals before the interval.
Lee Vaughan was shown a straight red for a challenge past the hour, but Harriers levelled matters through George Waring.
The winner, though, came in the 89th minute when a fine cross was nodded home at the far post for United.
Harriers had the best of the opening stages and were deservedly in front when Dan Bradley nodded in at close-range from a Weeks corner - this after Croasdale had struck an effort over the bar.
But the goal seemed to jerk the home side into life and within minutes, Hall was forced to make a fine save from Tompson one on one, before the equaliser saw skipper Keane nod into the far corner.
Brogan then shot over the bar as the home side moved into the ascendancy, taking the lead on the half-hour mark as Middleton forced the ball over the line after an almighty scramble in the area.
Boston's Hemmings and Weeks for Harriers had early efforts in the second half, before Coulter was wasteful from a great position in firing off target for the hosts.
Vaughan was then given his marching orders for a firm challenge on Hemmings, but it was actually responded better - getting themselves on level terms on 72 minutes as Waring pounced at the far post to follow-up on a blocked Croasdale shot.
Harriers dug in with ten men and looked to have seen the game out, only for the killer blow to come with seconds remaining in normal time - a fabulous cross from Hemmings nodded in with confidence at the far post by Wafula.
JAMES PEARSON wants Harriers to follow up on a hard-earned win over Alfreton when the team travels to Boston on good Friday.
The reds picked up a 2-0 win in decisive fashion in midweek – the perfect response to the previous game against Salford.
Defender Pearson was fully aware of how important that reaction that was, hailing it as a “solid” showing at the Impact Arena.
Now, though, it’s all about momentum, with Harriers keen to pick up another big three points to continue the Easter rush of games.
“We picked up good result on Tuesday night after Saturday’s disappointment in the end,” he told our YouTube channel.
“As a group we were very disappointed to concede the goals in the manner that we did, but the lads bounced back on Tuesday and we put in a very solid performance.
“We’re looking to go again on Friday and hopefully pick up another three points to keep the momentum going.”
“It’s a competitive league and it’s very tight at the moment..." James Pearson
Harriers will go into the Boston game preparing to meet the Pilgrims for the fourth time this season.
Elton Ngwatala, Jimmy O’Connor and Liam Truslove remain the team’s injury absentees, with Matt Gardiner noting after Tuesday’s game that they are “progressing nicely.”
He insisted, though, that they won’t be rushed back so as to ensure that they are fully ready to combat the run-in once they do return.
Looking forward towards the trip to Boston, Pearson has his eyes firmly set on what would be another hard-earned result.
“I remember the last time we went there it was a 2-2 draw and we were disappointed to concede the two goals late on,” he added.
“We’ll be looking to pick up another valuable three points and play in the manner that we did on Tuesday night.
“It’s a competitive league and it’s very tight at the moment, top and bottom. So, whoever we come up against, they’re playing for something.
“We’re striving to cement our place in the play-offs… and have a good end to the season.”
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James Pearson pre-match