Report: First away win

Fine first half goals do the damage for Harriers…

Ed Williams, Kidderminster Harriers

HARRIERS wrapped up a first away win of the season with an excellent 2-0 victory at Boston United.

First half goals from Ed Williams and Ashley Chambers left the home side rattled as a keen attacking unit set about their task.

While the Reds did have further chances to add to their lead after the break, it was a splendid defensive display in the second 45 that ultimately sealed the win as United were kept at bay, frustration boiling over as they ended the game with ten men.

Harriers were quickest to start and Williams had already tested the measure of the back-line within a few minutes while Chambers got a shot off, striking wide, with just four on the clock.

Ten minutes later Williams had the visitors in front in sensational circumstances, carrying the ball through the Boston half and into the area, dancing past challenges before firing low and accurately past the goalkeeper and into the net.

The advantage was doubled just eight minutes later as Chambers made no mistake with a fine drive from around 20 yards that proved too hot for stopper Willis to handle as it ended up in the back of the net.

Thanoj and Westcarr carried Boston’s only real threat in the first half but neither found the target, while Johnson was close to adding a third for Harriers as he met a corner, only for his header to drop wide of the target.

When Williams jinxed his way past three and shot early in the second period it looked like Harriers would continue to dominate, but the hosts then began a spell of pressure that really tested the Reds defensive unit.

A Davies free-kick needed a leaping clearance on the line by Vaughan before Hall denied Thanoj with a strong parry – Westcarr then had a shot blocked before Vaughan again cleared at the death, all before the hour.

Harriers did have chances for that third – Williams saw a shot held and Chambers, after expertly rounding the goalkeeper, saw a rising shot nodded on to the bar as two home defenders back-peddled.

Boston’s Johnson saw a rasping shot clawed away by Hall on 67 as the pressure continued to build, only really dissipate as Boston found themselves reduced to ten men nine minutes later, Gough given his marching orders for a second yellow after a foul on Vaughan.

12 minutes from time, sub Bradley almost made it 3-0 only for his attempted lob to be held – Hall being called upon to extend himself for the final time just four minutes later in thwarting former Harriers man Keane.

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