Report: Chester inflict first defeat

A first defeat of the season for the Reds as Harriers go down at Chester…

Kidderminster Harriers' Ed Williams (c) PA

HARRIERS suffered their first defeat of the new season as they went down 3-1 at Chester.

An Ed Williams penalty in the second half was all the Reds had to cheer as they were defeated by an early penalty from the home side and two further strikes in the second period.

That spot-kick for the home side was the game’s first major event, coming on six minutes when Taylor was adjudged to have fouled his man in the area – Dudley the man to step up and send the ball beyond Brandon Hall from 12 yards.

Chester did a sound job of keeping Harriers at arms length with only distance efforts from Daniels to speak of in the first half of the period, Dudley spurning an excellent chance to make it 2-0 at the other end after drilling an effort wide.

Harriers had their first big chance seven before the break when Chambers, played in by Weeks, saw a firm shot blocked, Vaughan then almost catching the goalkeeper off target with a looped cross that almost found the net.

The second half, frustratingly for Harriers, began in much the same way as the first -an early goal for the home side. A dangerous corner from Mooney looping up into the air where Hughes was on hand to turn it home.

Within seconds, Harriers were inches away from an immediate reply when Bradley turned a shot narrowly wide, but Chester held firm and went on to make more chances through Murray and Hughes as the game drifted into its final third.

A handball inside the area gave Harriers their lifeline on 73 minutes – Livesey penalised and Williams stepping up to net his sixth of the campaign. Two minutes later, a flurry in the area saw Bradley and Chambers both have shots blocked at close range.

The final word would be with the home side, though; they added their third with nine left to play when Hughes got in at the by-line, holding up the ball for a team mate in the middle before deciding to go for it himself, slamming in a tight finish into the far corner. Hall had to meet efforts from Hughes and Roberts saw an effort wide to ensure the Seals finished on top.

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