Report from Aggborough as Harriers dig in deep to see out hard-earned victory…
By Matty Paddock - 29/09/2018
Posted 1 year ago
HARRIERS netted three first half goals to ensure their league campaign got back to winning ways with a 3-2 success over Altrincham.
The Reds struck as early as the first minute as Ed Williams pounced for his seventh of the term, before a lively Robins side struck back through Johnston’s finish.
The hosts then added further goals through Bradley and Chambers to leave themselves 3-1 up at the break, the arrears reduced by a deflected Max Harrop free-kick. Harriers held off amid late pressure to ensure the points stayed in Worcestershire.
The game began in ideal fashion to say the least, 37 seconds on the clock when Weeks saw his drive spilled by the goalkeeper – Williams on hand to immediately drive it home to make no mistake.
Seven minutes in, shot-stopper Wynne found a Williams shot too hot to deal with but this time saw his parry cleared away, before a prowling Bradley rifled one over the bar.
The visitors, lively going forward, caused their share of problems all afternoon and they really came into the ascendancy after the quarter hour, a Sean Williams shot going wide before the equaliser, on 23 minutes, saw Dale’s energetic run and ball into the area slotted home clinically by Johnston.
Harriers netted twice more before the break, the first coming on 35 minutes when Bradley, latching on to an expertly-timed pass from Johnson, fired across the keeper and home. Johnston and White then both went close for the visitors before, a minute before the break, Chambers raced on to a loose ball after dangerous work from Williams to net his fifth of the campaign.
The Robins began the second period looking dangerous; within three minutes they’d forced a save from Hall through Harrop, before pulling another goal back through the same player as his low free-kick found the net with the help of a hefty deflection.
As the hour mark came and went this became a relentless, end-to-end affair with chances flying all over; Horsfall and Daniels going ever so close with shots on 65 before Altrincham’s Williams hit wide with venom.
Weeks and Williams struck on target for Harriers inside the final quarter hour, but there was stern defending needing to be done in the dying minutes as Altrincham pushed; Hall parrying a shot into the air that Johnson headed over his own bar with perfect timing, a Jones attempt then clipping the post with virtually the last kick of the game.
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