Harriers Disappoint Again: Brackley Town 2-0 Harriers
Harriers gave another disappointing performance to fall to defeat at league leaders Brackley.
Before the game Harriers were hit by injuries and had to line-up without Dan Bradley, Joe Ironside and Joel Taylor, leaving them short of numbers to the extent that they were only able to name four substitutes, one of whom was a new signing in the shape of goalkeeper Charlie Bannister, formerly of Aston Villa and Watford.
The game was a poor spectacle played in glorious sunshine; the visitors were unable to test former Harrier Danny Lewis in the Brackley goal and it was the home side that took the lead on 27 minutes. A free-kick from deep on the left was whipped in to the near post where Lee Ndlovu was allowed to run unchallenged to direct a glancing header past Brandon Hall.
In the closing minutes of the half Brackley should have increased their advantage; first Ndlovu ghosted in at the far post to meet a cross from the right but fired over the bar and then another free-kick from the right found Gareth Dean who was allowed a free header that he couldn't direct on target.
It was a similar story after the break with Harriers being second best throughout. Brackley had more chances to increase their lead; Ndlovu got away on the right just ahead of the hour mark, his cross to the near post found James Armson who fired straight at Hall.
Harriers' best chance of the half came midway through; a jinking run on the left by Sam Austin led to him setting up Manny Sonupe who curled his shot just wide of the far post.
Brackley wrapped the game up moments later; Aaron Williams crossed from the left, finding Armson at the far post who beat Hall with a perfectly placed looping header back across goal.