Report: Harriers crash at home

Report from Kidderminster Harriers 1-2 Leamington

Joe Ironside in the 2-1 defeat to Leamington [19-04-19]

HARRIERS all but mathematically ruled themselves out of this season’s play-offs with a 2-1 home defeat to Leamington.

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Joe Ironside’s 17th goal of the season, after five minutes, gave the hosts the perfect start but, in truth, it was as good as the day got.

Harriers switched off twice before the break and were punished heavily – Edwards firing home a rebound after a good Palmer save before English nodded home a corner.

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The swift beginning promised plenty; Ironside was 18 yards out and with his back to goal – he spun superbly and fired low and hard past the dive of Breeden and into the bottom corner of the net.

From there, though, the Brakes took over with Gittings firing over – the equaliser coming with just ten on the clock when Edwards slammed the ball home, following up after Palmer made a good save from Bishop’s effort.

Past the midway point of the half, Chambers’ header forced a good save from Breeden and Williams fired over, before a mighty let-off saw Bishop fire wide for Leamington after being inadvertently played through by Horsfall.

On 32 minutes Leamington had the lead when Murphy’s corner was headed in by English, Harriers unable to really gain any further control of the game as frustration started to gather.

Six minutes after the restart, Palmer did well to keep Bishop at bay once again after the striker shaped to shoot inside the area, with Harriers rattling the woodwork moments later when McAlinden went for goal at a tight angle.

Past the hour, Obeng’s shot was deflected wide as a rare foray forward for the visitors saw them go close, Ironside then heading into the arms of Breeden as Harriers themselves went searching for more goals.

Inside the final 15 minutes, Harriers did rally and create a string of chances, with Ironside firing over, Austin seeing a shot deflected wide and, with the best of the bunch, Butterfield’s rising drive drawing a good save from Breeden as he struck from 20 yards.

There were five minutes of added time and two further chances to come – Horsfall’s shot, from distance, well held before a good, towering header from Ironside looped up and over the target.

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