Recap: Gloucester 3-2 Harriers

Recap of a tough day at the office at Gloucester City…

Gloucester v Harriers - January 2020 [Pic (c) Ade Hoskins]

HARRIERS were beaten 3-2 at Gloucester on Saturday despite storming into a 2-0 lead.

Goals from Ethan Freemantle and Sam Austin had put the visitors into a commanding position inside 12 minutes, but a switch-off defensively allowed the hosts back in and, ultimately set the tone for the remainder of the afternoon. City scored twice more in the second half and, in the end, deserved to see home the win.

Freemantle’s first ever goal in full-time football was a fine moment; a towering header from the youngster getting its rewards as it looped into the corner of the net.

Harriers were a handful going forward and exchanged passes smartly to get Austin on the end of the ball and into the area – his sixth of the season a confident, low finish into the corner.

Hemmings and Sterling both had half sights of goal before, on 24 minutes, Penny’s cross was met by Cowley, whose header dropped agonisingly wide of the post – it was a near miss, and one Harriers would go on to rue as Marsh-Brown tucked the ball into the net at the other end a few minutes later while Harriers were busy protesting that the ball had crossed the line and out for a goal kick – before it was crossed.

Russ Penn following
Gloucester City 3-2 Kidderminster Harriers
09/01/21 National League North

In truth, that was the moment that turned the game in Gloucester’s favour. From there, only a fine save from Simpson – to deny Marsh-Brown – and a timely intervention from Richards kept Harriers’ lead in tact.

Cowley had arguably Harriers best chance of the second half when it was just six minutes old, but Morgan, Dawson and McClure all then went close for the hosts before they eventually brought themselves level. Burroughs’ cross was low and tempting, McClure sliding it home.

That was just four after the hour and, ten minutes later the comeback was complete – Young’s superb free-kick truly unstoppable as it thundered in off the bar.

Harriers did have late chances as Sterling and Moyo were both foiled by Lovett in quick succession and Prosser saw a shot deflected wide, but this was to be Gloucester’s day.

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