Patience Pays Off For Harriers: Harriers 2-0 Leamington
Harriers were the better team but had to wait until stoppage time to be sure of picking up all three points
The early stages of the game saw Harriers on top, although with little goalmouth action, looking to build upon their weekend victory at FC United. On the quarter hour James McQuilkin's corner from the left found Liam Daly who sent a glancing header just over the bar at the near post.
Just ahead of the half-hour McQuilkin was the instigator once again; his defence-splitting pass sent Manny Sonupe clear on the left, his low cross was a glorious opportunity for Harriers to take the lead but Joe Ironside couldn't quite reach it. Shortly afterwards Elton Ngwatala went close with a snap shot from 25 yards that went just the wrong side of the post.
In the closing moments of the half an intricate passing move involving Ngwatala and Ironside worked Sonupe into a good position but his angled shot was deflected away for a corner by former Harriers keeper Tony Breeden.
Harriers continued to control the game after the break and just after the hour mark Connor Cudger came to the visitors' rescue, clearing off the line from McQuilkin's left-wing corner. The opening goal came after 65 minutes; Sonupe was tackled from behind in the penalty area by substitute Kacy Butterfield. Ironside took the penalty sending Breeden the wrong way to record his first goal of the season.
Leamington's best chance of the game came four minutes from the end; awarded a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area Cudger sent his kick over the wall to be pushed over the bar by Brandon Hall.
Harriers made the game safe in stoppage time; Leamington won a corner on the right for which Breeden came forward, and almost got his head to, Harriers countered and substitute Junior Joachim picked out Sonupe on the right wing who advanced into the Leamington half before sending a 40-yard plus lob into the empty net with Breeden labouring to get back.