Misfiring Harriers Beaten By Lambs: Tamworth 2-1 Harriers
Another lacklustre performance by Harriers saw them fall to a rare defeat against Tamworth at The Lamb.
Harriers who had won the last seven meetings between the clubs and were unbeaten in twelve games since 2009, started the game looking like they would extend that run.
After a good win at Southport at the weekend Harriers made just one change to the side, James McQuilkin coming back into the side in place of Josh Webb, and started well, passing the ball around well on Tamworth's artificial pitch. It was the hosts, though, who were first to look like scoring when Brandon Hall's throw went straight to the lively Callum Powell, the keeper having to react quickly to save his shot at the expense of a corner.
At the other end McQuilkin's corner from the right fell to Manny Sonupe at the far post but his header was cleared by former Harriers Luke Jones. Despite all of their possession in the first half hour Harriers didn't really threaten Shaun Rowley in the home goal and instead went behind five minutes before the break; the dangerous Powell picking out former Harrier Darryl Knights who fired past Hall from the edge of the penalty area.
Seven minutes into the second half the hosts doubled their lead; Powell again the instigator with good work on the left wing, his pass found Bradley Reid who was allowed to ghost past three defenders unchallenged in the penalty area before slotting the ball home.
Harriers heads dropped now and they were second best for the rest of the game, chasing shadows for much of the time as The Lambs beat them at their own game with slick passing and movement.
Eventually Harriers stepped their game up and pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining; Elton Ngwatala's shot was only parried by Rowley and substitute Joe Ironside was quickest to react to pounce on the loose ball to force in his fourth goal of the season.
In the last minute Harriers could have grabbed an equaliser; Joel Taylor fed Sonupe on the left, his pull back found Andre Brown whose shot was saved brilliantly by Rowley at the expense of a corner, although had the ball found the back of the net it would have been an undeserved equaliser for the visitors.