Nick Wright will always be best remembered by Harriers for one ten minute period.
By Luke Thompson - 07/09/2017
Posted 3 years ago
Nick Wright gained cult status amongst the Aggborough faithful from ten minutes of football. Just eight. But those ten minutes won’t be forgotten by everyone in attendance for a long time.
Harriers signed then 22 year old Nick Wright from Tamworth in 2010. A pacy and hard working winger or striker, his work rate was greatly appreciated by Harriers fans and became a fans favourite.
39 appearances and 8 goals in his first Harriers season was respectable, but one specific period during his second season is what everyone remembers from his time at Aggborough.
It was Easter Monday of 2012 and Newport County were the opppononts at Aggborough. Harriers were sitting only a few points outside of the play offs with four matches remaining, so a win was vital.
The match got off to a terrible start as Newport took the lead after less than 10 seconds following an error from goalkeeper Tony Breeden. The away side then doubled their lead just before half time – ex-Harrier Sam Foley with the goal. As the match continued, Harriers struggled to find a way through the Newport defence so brought on the season’s super-sub Nick Wright after 62 minutes. Nothing worth remembering happened until 86 minutes when Harriers won a penalty following a foul on Lee Vaughan – Wright stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way. 2-1.
Harriers continued to apply pressure as the clock ticked down and added time began. On 94 minutes, a long ball over the top found Ryan Rowe. He took it down, squared to Wright who took a touch, and finished past Karl Darlow to level the scoring. Incredible scenes of celebration ensued, but a draw was not ideally what we needed to maintain a play off push, so the attacking pressure continued.
Two more minutes passed and the game continued, Harriers looked to complete the unthinkable. Dan Bradley broke down the left and hooked the ball into the box. Darlow missed his punch and Rowe headed but it was going wide. Who was on hand? Nick Wright nodded past Darlow to trigger pandemonium at Aggborough. Harriers had somehow come back and won after being 2-0 down with just a few minutes left. Nick Wright had a hat trick. A day that will never be forgotten.
WATCH: Nick Wright’s Hatrick
25 goals in 89 appearances was Wright’s tally when he left for Mansfield Town just a few months later. He also played for Lincoln City before returning to Aggborough on loan in 2014, scoring one goal in nine appearances.
He has since played for Worcester City; Gloucester City, Corby and Alvechurch amongst others, but that ten minute spell in Harriers colours sticks in the memory as an “I was there” moment for everyone in attendance.
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