Recap: Harriers 1-2 Cheltenham

Recap of the action from Aggborough and the first home pre-season friendly…

Celebrations for Jack Tolley's goal against Cheltenham. Image: (c) KHFC

979 fans returned to Aggborough to watch Harriers in a narrow defeat to Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night, going down 2-1.

There were some early chances as an eager home side set about impressing; Sterling seeing an effort held and Martin having one rise over the target.

One blow in an energy-sappingĀ  first 45 came with the withdrawal through injury of Cliff Moyo, Kai Lissimore taking his place.

There was a goal either side of the half-hour mark; Harriers went ahead through Jack Tolley’s third goal in as many friendlies and the aid of a slight deflection. The Robins were level when Timmy Abraham beat Luke Simpson to the ball and lifted a well-taken finish into the net.

Martin and Omari Sterling kept the visiting goal ticking over before the break, the latter in particular with one effort Owen Evans had to turn wide.

Early in the second half, Lissimore himself went close with an effort that went over, while Austin and Morgan-Smith both tried their luck as the hosts kept the chances coming.

It was a much quieter affair in the second 45, but the energy and atmosphere inside the ground never wavered as a solid turn-out enjoyed their first taste of Aggborough action in some 514 days.

There was a strong finish – Morgan-Smith went within inches of a far-post finish, while Hemmings and Austin both forced saves.

The winning goal came from the penalty spot – after Harper had been fouled, Abraham doubled his tally for the night from 12 yards.

Up next at Aggborough is the visit of Walsall on Saturday, 24th July. Again, tickets need to be purchased online in advance.

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