Report: Late strike nets point

Match report as Harriers strike late to secure a point….

Dan Bradley in action against Altrincham

HARRIERS struck in the 97th minute to earn a richly-deserved point against Curzon Ashton at Aggborough.

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Harriers were in control of the game for almost its entirety but found Nash stopper Cam Mason in inspired form.

With the visitors struck with less than 15 minutes to go with one of just two chances in the match, it looked like being yet another one of those days for Harriers, only for Dan Bradley to net from a corner with the last kick of the game.

The first half was full of frantic play and plenty to keep an eye on from both teams, without really threatening to boil over into a truly electric affair.

In the space of four minutes, Chambers had two good chances to force a breakthrough. On 20, his attempted lob of Mason was comfortably dealt with, while just after, he was threaded through on goal only for the custodian to rush out and clear the ball as he shot.

Vaughan then crossed for Chambers who saw a header deflected wide, before Bradley saw a shot blocked with Williams denied on the follow up, all on the half-hour.

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Penn’s dipping shot was the last of the half, but five minutes after the restart there was a clear-cut opening as Chambers, put through by Bradley, turned a shot narrowly off target.

Three before the hour came Curzon’s first chance as Brooke tried to fire past Hall at point-plank range at the far post. Hall did well to stand up and block it, before Williams and Horsfall went close with half chances up at the other end.

The opportunities just kept coming past the hour mark when Chambers was again denied by Mason and Bradley struck over – Curzon’s goal arriving on 76 when a free-kick was met by Morton, his run unchallenged and his header simple.

Harriers did respond well, though. Including six minutes of added time, they racked up a raft of chances in the final 15 minutes of play. Austin, Waring, Williams and Bradley all working over the target.

Just like it looked as though the most unlikely of defeats was complete, the breakthrough came when a driven corner, met by Bradley, found the net to the relief rather than delight of Aggborough.

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