Harriers In Horror Collapse: Harriers 4-4 Salford City
March 24, 2018

Harriers In Horror Collapse: Harriers 4-4 Salford City

Four-nil up with ten minutes remaining Harriers were cruising to an emphatic victory but somehow managed to contrive to throw it all away to draw.

For most of the game visiting Salford had looked a shadow of a side pushing for the league title as an unchanged Harriers side put them to the sword.

After City had had a couple of early chances to open the scoring - Michael Nottingham heading into the side netting from a corner the best - Harriers took the lead on 21 minutes.  An attempted clearance by the City defence was charged down by Joe Ironside into the path of Ryan Croasdale who charged into the penalty area before setting up the unmarked Manny Sonupé to fire past Tim Erlandsson.

Eleven minutes before the break Lee Vaughan's pass through the inside-right channel split open the Salford defence, sending Ironside clear; the Harriers leading scorer was forced wide but cut back inside and curled his shot inside the far post for his 19th goal of the season.

A quick double blast early in the second half put the game apparently safe for Harriers.  On the counter-attack Declan Weeks' pass sent Vaughan away on the right who burst into the penalty area before firing into the roof of the net.  Just a couple of minutes later James McQuilkin's lofted pass sent Dan Bradley away on the right and he slotted the ball home for his third goal in two games.

With a little over a quarter of an hour left Harriers should have had a fifth but Bradley's shot was parried by Erlandsson.  Salford pulled a goal back with ten minutes left when Josh Askew pounced on the ball as Harriers failed to clear and fired past Brandon Hall for what seemed little more than a consolation goal.

Three minutes from the end substitute Nick Haughton tried his luck from outside the penalty area; Hall should have been able to gather the ball comfortably but somehow managed to let it through his hands and the visitors were back in the game.

Former Harrier Mani Dieseruvwe headed in from Tom Walker's corner two minutes into stoppage time as Harriers continued to implode and then in the seventh minute of time added on Harriers sub Kennedy Digie, stretching, brought down Nottingham and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.  Walker, who was lucky to still be on the pitch after a vicious kick at McQuilkin had brought only a yellow card on the hour mark, saw his penalty saved by Hall but was quickest to the ball to stab in the equaliser.