Nuneaton Town 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0 (08.08.2017)
First win of the season in positive display for Boro
BORO chalked up our first victory of the season with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Kidderminster Harriers courtesy of Ashley Chambers
’ stoppage time winner.
On a slick surface thanks to consistent rain, it was Boro who came out of the blocks looking the more purposeful team and Chambers had a couple of early openings, the first of which was pushed away by the ‘keeper before his next effort was cleared for a corner.
At the other end, former Boro man, Joe Ironside, was back on familiar territory and his stooping header crept just wide of the target.
As our visitors started to get into their stride, a neat move ended with Nti seeing his effort pushed away by Dean Lyness
, who was making his debut in the Boro goal, and as the loose ball fell into the path of Webb, he failed to capitalise.
There was action at both ends as the opening period went on with both sides refusing to sit back.
A free-kick in a promising position for Jordan Nicholson
saw him curl the ball just over the crossbar before the next raid saw the on-loan Peterborough United man make a positive break as space opened up in front of him only to fire wide of the mark.
We were showing plenty of endeavour as we went forward to cause Harriers concern. Luke Trotman and Brady Hickey
linked up well to carve out a chance for Courtney Wildin whose effort lacked the necessary power and then the lively Nicholson skimmed a low strike inches wide.
With the scoreline locked at 0-0 going into the second half, Boro once more came out with the bit between our teeth and Trotman went close before Hickey teed up Chambers who saw his strike fly well wide.
Like in the first half, it took Harriers a while to get into their stride, but when they did they started to cause problems and Lyness had to be alert to deny Croasdale.
It was certainly an open game with end-to-end action and Nicholson was unlucky as he beat the ‘keeper only for Liam Daly to spot the danger and clear off the line.
A free-kick from Ryan Beswick
from a good position sailed over before a corner at the other end caused concern as Daly’s header was scrambled away by Trotman from in front of goal.
Visiting substitute, Bradley, embarked upon a powerful run that almost brought joy for Harriers only for his effort to go wide, but his side were ended the game strongly as they searched for a winner.
Lyness had to be alert to gather the ball ahead of Ironside who had a frustrating evening and things got worse for his side in stoppage time when a break out wide by Callum Ball saw him whip the ball into the path of Chambers who made no mistake to guide the ball home beyond Hall and give us all three points.
It was a performance full of positives, including a clean sheet.