Brackley Town  3-1  Kidderminster Harriers       23 March 2019 

Saints extend winning run 

Kevin Wilkin’s side recorded a fifth straight win to maintain Saints’ play-off credentials and deal a blow to Harriers’ hopes. 

Brackley started strongly taking a 4th minute lead and should have taken a bigger lead into the half-time break but instead were pegged back by the visitors before two second half goals sealed the win. 

“It is a massive three points today,” Wilkin said.  “They are close on our tails and we had a difficult game at their place earlier in the season so I think the way we came out today and set about our task was terrific.  Some of our play in the first half was excellent then we were rocked back a bit by what I felt was a dubious penalty to give them some encouragement at half-time and it challenged our resolve a bit having been so dominant in the game.  We needed to hold our nerve and to keep doing what we had done well in the first half to give ourselves a great chance to go on and win the game which we did.”  

Jimmy Armson’s 13th league goal of the season put his side in front, a fine volley after a sustained spell of early pressure.  Ellis Myles rifled in a shot that was deflected narrowly wide and Carl Baker worked an opening only to see his fierce effort just clear Brandon Hall’s cross-bar as Brackley dominated possession but could not capitalise on their chances to extend the lead. 

In a rare Harriers attack Joe Ironside was fouled winning a penalty that Ironside himself got up to convert to bring the sides level in the 38th minute against the run of play.  The equaliser stunned the home side and it was not until the second period that their lead was established again.  Carl Baker’s 71st minute corner was headed powerfully goal-wards by defender Connor Hall for Lee Ndlovu to apply the finishing touch for the striker’s 20th goal of the season in all competitions. 

7 minutes later substitute Luke Fairlamb was brought down and Shane Byrne fired in the resulting penalty to put the result beyond doubt. 

Brackley Town:   Lewis; Myles, Murombedzi, Hall, Dean, Byrne, Lowe (Nti 90), Armson (Fairlamb 76), Ndlovu, Baker (Prosser 86), A.Walker.   Subs unused:  Jeffers, Jackson. 

Kidderminster:   Hall; Taylor, Austin (Weeks 58), Horsfall, Flowers, Johnson, McAlinden, Penn, Ironside (Richards 84), Chambers, Kwame.   Subs unused:  Higginson, Stratford, Palmer.

Referee:  Barry Lamb        Assistants:  Tom Wainman and Rob Hathaway

Attendance:   845