Harriers Hit By Another Late Stunner: Gainsborough Trinity 1-0 Harriers
A goal deep into stoppage time gave relegation threatened Gainsborough a vital victory and condemned Harriers to a third straight defeat.
Following defeats by Harrogate, Darlington and now Trinity Harriers are on their worst sequence of results under John Eustace. Despite the dropped points, though, they still hold on to a place in the play-off positions.
Joe Ironside returned to the starting line-up after coming off the bench to score at Darlington last time out and Andre Brown returned for his first start n six games.
Harriers enjoyed the majority of possession in the first half but the home side kept them at arm's length. Efforts from Ryan Croasdale, Dan Bradley and Elton Ngwatala had all been fielded by home keeper Henrich Navas before James Pearson was allowed to run at the heart of the home defence on 19 minutes; his effort was spilled by the keeper but Ironside was too slow to react to the loose ball and the danger was cleared.
It was a common occurrence, in fact that Navas' handling was suspect but Harriers were too slow to capitalise.
Early in the second half Navas had to react quickly to keep his team in the game; Ironside's header from Declan Weeks' corner was not cleared and the keeper had to push Fraser Horsfall's shot over the bar.
The home team's best chance of getting something from the game seemed set to come from a set piece; most of them were aimed at the head of Nathan Stainfield but fortunately for Harriers he was unable to control his attempts and three times in the second half missed the target.
When it looked as though Harriers were going to have to settle for a disappointing point they were undone by a long ball over the top of the defence; Nicky Walker chased after it through the inside-left channel, breaking clear of the Harriers defence before slotting his shot Jon Flatt and in off the far post.
With four minutes of stoppage time played there ws no time left for Harriers to even salvage one point.