Old Boy Puts The Brakes On Harriers: Leamington 1-1 Harriers
Former Harrier Ahmed Obeng scored to give Leamington a deserved point against Harriers at The New Windmill.
Harriers, who included leading scorer Joe Ironside after injury, had played well for the first hour on a difficult surface but found themselves on the back foot for much of the second period against a Leamington side who were looking to extend their own unbeaten run.
Another former Harrier, Callum Gittings, had gone close to opening the scoring after just a quarter of an hour but his header from Kieran Dunbar's left wing corner flashed across the face of goal. Ten minutes later Joel Taylor made a strong run through the inside-left channel before finding Elton Ngwatala whose cross to the far post found James Pearson who could only steer the ball over the bar.
Harriers took the lead soon afterwards; Jimmy O'Connor's forward pass found its way to James McQuilkin, by way of a missed clearance, and he played it inside to Andre Brown who advance into the penalty area before lifting a shot over former Harrier Tony Breeden in the Leamington goal to record his 10th strike of the season.
The fourth former Harrier in the Leamington side, Joe Clarke, was instrumental as the home team drew level eleven minutes into the second half; his pass sent Obeng into the penalty area, Brandon Hall got a hand to his shot but the touch wasn't strong enough to prevent the ball tricking over the line into the net.
Midway through the half Leamington could have gone in front when Harriers failed to clear a throw-in from the right and the ball fell to Kaine Felix but his shot was cleared off the line by substitute Lee Vaughan. Vaughan came to the rescue again to thwart a Leamington counter attack, blocking a shot from Obeng.
Harriers had chances to take the points, too, Ngwatala fired wide with a snatched shot and skipper Ryan Croasdale fired straight at Breeden from distance before substitute Dan Bradley, making his first appearance since October after knee surgery, turned the ball wide from Ngwatala's low cross in stoppage time.