Recap: Harriers 2-0 Brackley

Our recap from Saturday’s National League North meeting at Aggborough…

Action from Harriers 0-2 Brackley. Image: (c) PA Images

HARRIERS suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Brackley Town at Aggborough on Saturday.

While Harriers have been a force in every game they’d played this season – even in a losing effort – but Saturday was the first time they’d struggle to say they deserved to take anything from the game.

Brackley were ahead though the game’s first real chance – a ball in the danger area was only half cleared, with Richards flying at it with a sweet, rising finish that soared into the net.

Harriers did then have their best spell of the day, with Morgan-Smith heading over and Carrington seeing a shot tipped over the bar by Ex-Harrier Danny Lewis. Arguably the best home chance of the whole afternoon came on 22 minutes, with Cameron’s header at close-range turned aside well by the stopper.

On the stroke of half time it was 2-0 and, as it turned out, very much game over. Undlovu charged forward and looked to have been dealt with as Bajrami got back well, but again the ball was never truly dealt with and this time it was down to Yusuf to put his laces through it and find the net.

Not long after the restart, Martin fizzed an effort wide for Harriers after Morgan-Smith had been played through, but the Reds were already at that stage being reduced to attempts at long-range.

Omari Sterling’s introduction did spark some life into the Harriers attack as the half wore on but, with one effort straight into Lewis’ gloves and another dropping over the bar, even the substitute was powerless to find away past the Saints back-line.

They saw out the victory with minimum fuss and went top in the process.

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