Report: Reds fight back for point

Another eventful afternoon for Harriers as a hectic start to the season continues…

Kane Richards celebrates his goal against Ashton (c) Clive Jones

HARRIERS made it three straight draws at the start of the season after coming from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 with Ashton United after having Dan Bradley sent off.

The reds were distinctly second best in the first 45 minutes and the visitors deservedly led 2-0 thanks to a brace of goals in the first six minutes.

Joel Taylor pulled one back on his first appearance of the season as the hosts vastly improved after the break, before Ashton again struck to make it 3-1.

But a first Ashley Chambers goal for Harriers and, in the 95th minute, a second of the season for Kane Richards ensured the home side – who’d had Bradley dismissed at 2-1 got a share of the spoils.

It was United, fresh from a 4-3 win in midweek, who stole ahead in sensational style; Chadwick slipping the ball beyond Hal from close range with three minutes on the clock before Regan cut inside before curling an impeccable finish up and over the stopper and into his top corner.

Before the half-hour, Chamber struck off target but in truth it wasn’t until O’Connor had an effort hooked off the line that Harriers really went close in the first period – in the interim, Evangelinos and Tomsett going close to making it 3-0.

Harriers threw on Taylor and Ed Williams after the break and, amid a change of system, immediately looked brighter and more threatening. 30 seconds into the half, Bradley forced the goalkeeper into a splendid fingertip save, before full-back Taylor angled a splendid, low finish into the far corner to make it 2-1.

Weeks and Bradley went close before, on the hour, Bradley was shown a straight red for his reaction to a late challenge, McAtee and Tomsett then forcing Hall into fine saves as they looked to double the damage.

With 17 left to play Ashton looked to have wrapped up the win when Evangelinos nipped between Hall and Taylor to finish low -but Harriers again responded well through Chambers as he tucked away Vaughan’s cross just four minutes later.

Inside the last ten minutes Ironside and Weeks went close to a leveller – the latter seeing his rising free-kick parried away – but Harriers would be rewarded for their persistence with the equaliser in the fifth of six minutes added on, Ironside nodding down to Richards who, instinctively, stuck out his head to turn the ball inside the post.

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