Harriers Held By Pilgrims: Harriers 1-1 Boston United
September 2, 2017

Harriers Held By Pilgrims: Harriers 1-1 Boston United

An unfortunate own goal by debutant Fraser Horsfall gave visiting Boston a share of the points at Aggborough.

Harriers were boosted before kick-off by the return from injury of key players Joel Taylor, Dan Bradley and Joe Ironside while Horsfall came into the side for his first appearance since joining on loan from Huddersfield.

In the early stages Harriers were bright and took the lead after just six minutes; from a United free-kick goalkeeper Brandon Hall claimed the ball and quickly released Manny Sonupe on the left wing who had a clear run on goal, United keeper George Willis came rushing out of his goal allowing the Harriers man to run past him and curl his shot from distance into the empty net.

With Harriers on top they could have doubled their advantage on the quarter hour; Sam Austin and Elton Ngwatala combined on the right to set up Ironside who saw his shot blocked for a corner.

United were handed a chance to level ten minutes later in controversial circumstances; James McQuilkin was adjudged to have fouled Ashley Hemmings on the edge of the penalty area with the referee giving Boston a penalty.  Hall guessed correctly, though, and dived to his left to keep out Adam Chapman's spot kick.

After the break Boston came into the game more and just three minutes into the period levelled the scores; Kabongo Tshimanga fired in a shot from wide on the right that was heading wide of goal until it took a wicked deflection off Horsfall and into the net off the crossbar.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of Harriers for some time and they took some time to get back into their stride.  When they did threaten the visitors' goal, though Willis was in good form to keep them out saving from Bradley, Ngwatala and substitute Andre Wright who was making his first appearance since his return to the club.

Harriers best chance to take all of the points came four minutes from the end; substitute Will Longbottom, also making his debut, cut in from the right wing beating Taron Hare but fired his shot into the side netting.