Report: Reds battle to Telford win

Report from the New Bucks Head as Harriers pick up three points…

Kidderminster Harriers' Harry Higginson

HARRIERS got back to winning ways with one of their best defensive performances of the season earning a 1-0 win at AFC Telford United.

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The Reds took an early lead thanks to a fantastic strike from Nick Clayton-Phillips on his first Harriers start.

The visitors lost Brandon Hall to an early injury but defended incredibly throughout the afternoon, with Ashley Chambers and Joe Ironside having other opportunities to extend the score.

With a huge number of players now on the injury list, it was a stellar showing on the afternoon as the team stuck to their guns and dug out three big points.

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It was the perfect start for Harriers thanks to that early goal. Eager to make an impression, Clayton-Phillips picked up the ball from a Chambers nudge before striding into the area and expertly firing across Bursik and into the net.

Chambers might actually have made it two just moments later. He was alert at the by-line and shot at goal with Bursik on hand to parry the danger before the ball was cleared.

Hall’s afternoon would end on just eleven minutes as he collided with Udoh, Tom Palmer on hand as a substitute to turn away Ellis Deeney’s low shot.

Harriers looked for a second when Bursik just denied Ironside before the striker could catch a Higginson pass, Daniels up at the other end then firing a free kick straight down Palmer’s throat.

Telford found their shooting wayward after the break as Palmer was able to see attempts from Knights and McQuilkin head over, while in between Ironside failed to connect meaningfully with a header and Chambers, played in by Clayton-Phillips, saw his shot saved well by Bursik.

The home side then mounted further pressure on the young Harriers defence but, in truth, did so without getting a serious effort on target.

Dinanga, for instance, shot across goal on 72 minutes when he ought to have passed, while Knighhts ballooned over the bar four minutes later.

Palmer did have to be alert to smother a better, driven free kick from Daniels with six left to play, then smothering the ball two minutes later after initially seeing it squirm from his grasp.

It was enough to record a first league win for Harriers since last October, yet it was nothing short of what the rearguard deserved.

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