Report: Late defeat at Stockport

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Declan Weeks on the ball at Stockport in December 2018. Pic (C) Mike Petch

A HEADER ten minutes from time was enough to condemn Harriers to back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season at Stockport.

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The Reds matched the high-flying Hatters and went close to breaking the deadlock in the second half while also defending solidly.

As the game edged towards its conclusion, though, County struck with a deflected header finding the far corner to secure a 1-0 victory.

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Harriers probably started the brighter of the two sides, with Bradley seeing a low shot saved, before Warburton moved the home side into the ascendancy with a brace of efforts of his own.

Brandon Hall made a superb save around the half-hour mark as he extended himself to keep out a Thomas effort from close-range, the ball re-worked to Stephenson who sliced an effort off target.

Turnbull went close for Stockport on 36 minutes when his shot rose high and over the bar, before Baxendale skewed over at the other end after being played in by Bradley.

Stockport did net before the break only to see the goal, from Palmer, ruled out for a foul.

Seven after the restart and with Harriers forced into replacing the ill Baxendale with debutant Phillips, Johnson aimed a header at goal but saw the shot saved, Phillips himself then advancing and striking over.

Harriers always looked close to creating that one killer chance; past the hour, Chambers hit wide off a Waring knock-down and Bradley saw a shot of his own deflected through to the goalkeeper.

Still the chances came as Bradley volleyed wide and Weeks went close with a low drive that rolled past the post. Just five minutes after the latter, the home side’s goal came as a corner was nodded in by Minihan, off Penn, to the delight of the majority of the 3,000 crowd.

Harriers must yet again attempt to dust themselves off and regroup head of the home game with Hereford on New Year’s Day.

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