Kidderminster Harriers 2-0 Brackley Town 8/12/18
Hard going for Saints
Brackley fell to a second successive defeat for only the second time of the season as Kidderminster took the points with a goal in each half, the win lifting Harriers to 6th place in the National League North table, as Saints slipped to 10th.
“We got off to a slow start and not only that but we conceded early too,” Kevin Wilkin said. “Once we started to move the ball with more purpose and to impose ourselves individually and collectively you saw us clearly in a better light.”
Kidderminster were ahead on 11 minutes as Dan Bradley’s probing cross was bundled over the line, the final touch clearly by a Brackley defender. Daniel Nti’s well struck effort could only be beaten away by Brandon Hall while at the other end Danny Lewis saved well from Bradley’s shot on the half hour before Saints rallied, finishing the half the stronger.
Harriers doubled their lead on the hour, captain Ashley Chambers finishing clinically in a two-on-two break-away and the home side created further chances to seal the win. Matt Lowe’s mazy run created the chance for a shot on goal but Hall was well placed to deny Saints a life-line but that was the closest that the visitors came to getting back into the match.
“Expectations are high but this league is relentless, there are no easy games and we come up against good teams, always well organised and competitive,” Wilkin added. “In some quarters may be we have lost sight of this a little bit. We find ourselves where we are at the moment because we are not at the point where we can cope with that intensity week in and week out. It is having protracted periods of doing well that will make the difference and that is what we are working hard towards.”
Brackley Town: Lewis; Myles, Murombedzi, Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker, Nti, Ndlovu (Fairlamb 60), Lowe, A.Walker (Jeffers 82). Subs unused: Franklin, Finch.
Kidderminster: Hall, Vaughan, Austin, Penn, Horsfall, Johnson, Weeks, Richards (Baxendale 72), Chambers (Waring 82), Bradley, Williams. Subs unused: Wagner, Phillips, Palmer.
Referee: Scott Jackson Assistants: Andrew Genders and Richard Walkers