- Harriers dominate at York
- Croasdale sweeps in opener
- Parkin peach levels the score
- York keeper Bartlett gets Man of the Match
A MAN OF THE MATCH performance from former Aggborough man Adam Bartlett held Harriers to a 1-1 draw at York City.
Bartlett was in inspired form, pulling off a string of stops to keep John Eustace's men at bay.
Harriers did net the opener through Ryan Croasdale, only for Jon Parkin's fine strike to level matters.
The visitors were far the brighter side after the break but were not able to find a way through for a second goal.
As early as the third minute, Bartlett was thwarting his former employers - James Pearson the first to trouble him with a close-range shot, while Andre Brown and James McQuilkin followed suit.
The breakthrough came on 20 minutes as neat passing freed Croasdale who rifled into the bottom corner - almost repeating the trick seven minutes later only for Bartlett to keep the ball out.
York's equaliser came with virtually their first real chance; a beauty of a distance free-kick from Parkin being expertly dispatched into the bottom corner.
The chances weren't quite as free-flowing at the start of the second half but when they did arrive there were again from Harriers - Pearson again pushing forward and troubling Bartlett around the hour, before Croasdale freed Sonupe who, off the bench, raced into the area and fired a low shot that Bartlett blocked with his legs.
York failed to disturb Brandon Hall seriously all afternoon but the stopper showed some good hands at key times, while Fraser Horsfall also dug in with a fantastic late tackle to block to deny Morgan-Smith.
HARRIERS travel to York City on Saturday with new man Yan Klukowski readying himself for a potential debut against one of his former clubs.
The Torquay United man joined the club on a one-month loan deal on Friday.
He is available to John Eustace immediately – curiously as the team travel north to meet one of his former employers.
Klukowski only had good things to say about the Minstermen, but was adamant that he still only has designs on making an impression in a Harriers shirt.
He spoke to our official YouTube channel to preview the game.
He looked back on his career to date, including a memorable season with City last term – though bittersweet – as the team suffered the huge blow of relegation to National League North while relishing in the success of winning the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium.
Ahead of his return there on what would, if selected, be his Harriers debut, he admitted: “You couldn’t write it!
"...if we prepare properly, with the attacking threat we have and the experience in the side, we should give them a game..." Yan Klukowski
“It will be nice to go back there and see some familiar faces.
“It was a club I had to leave for a family issue so I never really got to speak to people up there as to why, other than the powers that be.
“It was a place I enjoyed playing my football.
“Whatever level a club of York’s stature are at, it is going to be a tough place to go.
“The fans have had a difficult couple of years and the loyalty they’ve shown is second to none.
“But we know that if we prepare properly, with the attacking threat we have and the experience in the side, we should give them a game and hopefully come out victorious.”
Harriers will go to Bootham Crescent with Tyrone Williams a definite absentee.
The defender was shown a straight red card in the 3-3 draw with Darlington and will serve a three-match suspension, beginning this weekend.
Lee Vaughan is only a matter of weeks away from a return to the side after a long lay-off, while Dan Bradley will again be rested as the club explore options to ease a knee problem.
Kick-off at Bootham Crescent on Saturday is at 3:00pm
WATCH: Yan Kuklowski’s full pre-match video interview by using the video tab above.
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Yan Klukowski pre-match
James Pearson post-match
Matt Gardiner post-match
Extended Match Highlights