Recap: Harriers 0-1 Southport

Recap from the single-goal defeat against Southport at Aggborough…

Ashley Chambers in the 1-0 defeat to Southport [30/11/19]

HARRIERS were beaten 1-0 by Southport as their struggling run in National League North continued. 

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There was no let-up in work-rate and graft from the players in Russ Penn’s first game in charge, but the team were beaten by a solitary second-half goal after failing to deal with a cross that Devarn Green turned home on 72 minutes.

Before that, Harriers had actually gone closest to breaking the deadlock in a fairly even first period; the Reds’ top scorer turning on the edge of the area before driving a shot goalwards that was turned wide, before meeting a cross into the area with a good header that stopper Charlie Albinson lifted over the target.

Ashley Hemmings had also seen a shot well held as Harriers set about arresting a troubling run of league and Cup defeats.

New goalkeeper Will Mannion made a fine save within 40 seconds of the restart to keep Benjamin’s rising volley in the air and carry it over the bar. He would end up being the busier of the  two keepers, denying Green twice and skipper Morgan.

The decisive goal, a deep cross that Green accurately steered past Mannion and into the net, seemed to suck the belief out of Harriers and their fans – though they did keep going to the last, with Ed Williams, Ryan Johnson and Sub Brandon Diau all hitting off target.

Harriers must now gather themselves quickly, with another home game fast approaching on Tuesday night when Gateshead visit Aggborough.

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