Report: Harriers downed at Alty

Report from Altrincham 2-1 Kidderminster Harriers…

Harry Flowers in action at Altrincham (30-03-19) Pic: Michael Ripley

HARRIERS rued missed chances as they were beaten 2-1 at Altrincham in a game they should have taken something from.

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As has been the case for too many away games recently, Harriers set the tone by conceding early; Jones left unmarked to head in at the far post after nobody dealt with a corner delivery.

It was two not long after after Hulme forced a finish off the foot of Johnson, before Ironside’s goal at least got Harriers back in the game.

The visitors would then dominate the remainder of the tie, but rued missed chances late on and ended up empty-handed once again.

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A cagey opening saw Altrincham narrowly edge the early stages, but there’s no doubting their first goal was gift-wrapped; a corner easily nodded in at the far post by Jones after no one could decisively clear it.

The visitors did threaten to respond in ideal fashion when a cross was chested by Johnson into the path of Horsfall, but the defender’s rising drive clattered the bar and bounced away.

Any semblance that Harriers had the game by the grip of the neck was shattered by the arrival of the second on 19 minutes; Hulme looking to finish from close range as Johnson struck to clear – the latter’s effort spooning up and beyond the dive of Hall for 2-0.

Bizarrely that goal did get the reaction needed from the visitors, who actually went on to boss virtually the remaining 70 minutes or so of the match. On 35 minutes, Ironside met a corner with a header that was destined for the net before being cleared on to the bar and away, before the striker went one better four minutes later by superbly turning in a tight spot before poking the ball beyond the goalkeeper.

Taylor’s cross almost saw McAlinden convert at the far post, only for the winger to be smothered out by Thompson between the sticks – Harriers nonetheless finishing the half the brighter.

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The two teams did a good job at cancelling each other out for a quarter of an hour after the restart, before a Williams on each side had a chance with efforts that dropped wide.

The chances continued to mount up in Harriers’ favour as the half wore on, though, a corner falling to Chambers who saw his chip towards the far post narrowly miss the target with 72 on the clock, with Flowers, three minutes later, planting a header at Thompson.

Into the last ten minutes, Harriers should have levelled and won the game in truth – sub Richards couldn’t quite angle his finish from a free-kick for the first of a few good opportunities for the visitors, before Thomas, on the stretch, couldn’t quite guide Taylor’s cross into the net.

With the home side flagging, the best chance of the bunch came in the dying seconds; Williams superbly beating his man and rolling the ball to Richards who, from just a few yards out, blazed the ball over the target to sum up a frustrating afternoon for all in yellow.

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