Lacklustre Harriers Continue To Fire Blanks: Nuneaton Town 1-0 Harriers
August 8, 2017

Lacklustre Harriers Continue To Fire Blanks: Nuneaton Town 1-0 Harriers

A goal two minutes into stoppage time cost Harriers their first point of the season and left them in the relegation zone of the fledgling table.

Facing a side that had lost 4-0 on Opening Day Harriers were expecting to see a team that would be easier to break down than Chorley had been in their own first game loss.

That wasn't the case, however, as Nuneaton were lively from the start and enjoyed as much possession as Harriers.  It was Harriers, though, who had the first chance to break the deadlock; Sam Austin made a good run on the left before finding Joe Ironside who moved the ball on to Daniel Nti who saw his shot saved by Nuneaton's debutant goalkeeper, former Harrier, Dean Lyness, the ball ran loose to Josh Webb, himself making his debut as the only change to the team, but he blasted over the bar.

At the other end the lively Jordan Nicholson went close with a free-kick that beat the wall but dropped just over Brandon Hall's crossbar.  Hall was called into action to keep the home team at bay in the first half saving from both Ashley Chambers and Courtney Wildin.

New signing Dan Bradley was introduced at the break for Harriers, making his first appearance since his return to the club, but lacking fitness he didn't really influence the game.  There were early chances at both ends in the second half; Ironside's lay-off set up Harriers skipper Ryan Croasdale but his shot from distance was hit straight at the keeper, Nuneaton countered and Chambers took the ball around Hall only for his shot to be cleared off the line by Liam Daly.

There was a goalline clearance at the other end with 14 minutes to go; James McQuilkin's corner from the left was headed goalwards by Daly and flicked past the keeper by Nti with Luke Trotman clearing off the line, although it wouldn't have mattered as Nti was adjudged to have foulded Lyness.

With the game heading for a goalless draw the home side nicked it in stoppage time; substitute Lewis Collins got away on the left and crossed low to the near post where Chambers was on hand to turn it past Hall and condemn Harriers to a second successive 1-0 defeat.