- Spoils shared on the road again
- Goalless at Chorley with few chances
- Horsfall and Ngwatala go closest
- Late clash sees red cards issued
HARRIERS took a point from their trip to Chorley after a goalless draw that ended in dramatic scenes.
On a night that never really delivered on either side from a footballing point of view, the talking point was instead, regrettably, the late dismissal of players and management from both sides.
A battle of a first half never really produced the flurry of chances that the game’s high tempo had threatened.
For the hosts, Jordan’s shot, tipped over by Hall, and efforts from Walker and Wilson – charged down by O’Connor and Croasdale respectively, was as good as it got.
Harriers, though, did at least go close on a couple of occasions; 28 minutes on the clock when, almost from underneath the bar, Ironside nodded over a corner – Fraser Horsfall doing the same with a planted effort nine minutes later.
The second period didn’t produce a greater share of goalmouth action but, even from what there was, Harriers had the better share. Seven after the hour, James McQuilkin saw an effort rise of target.
With 15 minutes left, a neat nod down inside the area from Brown played in Ngwatala, but the midfielder’s shot was a snatched one as he drove an effort up and over the bar.
There was a lengthy delay after a coming together of players and management staff with around ten minutes to go – Harriers seeing boss John Eustace sent off and Tyrone Williams shown a straight red on the bench, while the hosts lost their assistant manager and defender Challoner the same way.
After the match restarted there was time for Croasdale to try his luck late on, but Urwin again stayed firm.
HARRIERS are gearing up for their next big National League North challenge as they head to Chorley on Tuesday night.
The reds will be looking to build on a point gained on the road at Leamington on Saturday courtesy of a 1-1 draw.
The Magpies, meanwhile, are eager to get back on track after to slipping to a home defeat against Harrogate Town.
While they had previously lost to Southport on New Year’s Day, they’re not long removed from form that saw them win five out of seven games in all competitions.
Matt Jansen’s side are an opposition Harriers know well, of course, after two league games and two play-off contests between the two during last season – Chorley certainly having the edge over the course of those affairs.
“They are very experienced and have a good manager there as well...." John Eustace on Chorley
So it’s a test the reds are approaching with typical caution, with boss John Eustace commenting: “They’re a really tough team.
“They are very experienced and have a good manager there as well.
“It’s going to be a very tough night.”
Harriers head to Lancashire looking to blood more minutes into the likes of Lee Vaughan and Dan Bradley.
The duo have both missed considerable time with injuries, but managed cameos in the Leamington game from the bench.
Declan Weeks, meanwhile, remained sidelined through a knee injury on Saturday and may not feature.
Eustace added: “They did great [on Saturday] and it’s a tough one for Vaughany because he’s been out for seven or eight months.
“Bradders has missed a large chunk of the season as well so we need to get our squad up and running and fully fit.
“So it was great that they could get some minutes on the pitch.”
Kick-off at Chorley on Tuesday night is at 7:45pm
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