Report on Kidderminster Harriers 3-0 Bradford (Park Avenue)…
By Matty Paddock - 06/04/2019
Posted 1 year ago
HARRIERS picked up three big points in their quest to keep alive their play-off hopes with a 3-0 success over Bradford (Park Avenue).
Joe Ironside netted two more goals to take his tally to the season, scoring in each half with well-placed headers.
In between there was a fine headed effort for Ashley Chambers as Mark Yates’ men at least ensured they can retain an interest in the play-off chase for a little while longer.
Harriers created the better of the day’s early chances; Ironside, after five minutes, seeing a shot deflected wide and Chambers, soon after, having two sights of goal with one effort blocked and another dropping wide.
Knight fired over with Bradford’s first effort, a 12th minute shot over the bar, before Ironside opened the scoring by reacting quickest to a parry as goalkeeper Andrew blocked a Chambers volley at the far post, nodding home his 14th of the term.
Harriers needed Flowers’ timely intervention as Branson tried to meet a free kick on 28 minutes – Crichlow-Noble heading wide for Bradford with a big chance two minutes later.
Hall’s superb stop kept out Hurt on 36 minutes as the visitors threatened to level, but they then needed the woodwork to thwart Ironside who looked for his second with a looping header just after.
Harriers had their second goal before the break and it was another good nod – fantastic work and a fine cross from Austin rewarded by Chambers who met it with a great leap to double the score.
East and Branson had early chances for Bradford after the restart – the latter particularly close, needing Butterfield to block it on the line.
McAlinden and Ironside kept Andrew’s goal ticking over for Harriers, before a block on the hour from Austin prevented Avenue making it 2-1, Clee also firing just wide.
Nine minutes later, good reactions from Hall stopped Johnson netting as Bradford worked a short free-kick, Harriers thumping the woodwork seconds later as Williams kept a to-and-fro game going with a well-taken shot.
The game was finally put to bed with a dozen minutes left to play – the sublime McAlinden getting another delivery right on the money, a deep ball to the far post that a rising Ironside met with a great header that crashed into the net.
Crichlow-Noble had the game’s last chance with a header wide for Bradford, but by that time Harriers had already done their damage with a clinical display.
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