Darlo Disappointment For Harriers: Darlington 1-0 Harriers
A controversial goal was enough for Darlington to record their sixth victory in a row and condemn Harriers to a third straight away defeat.
Harriers though that the Darlington goal, scored late in the first half should not have been allowed to stand as they felt that Rhys Williams had been fouled in the build up. The on loan defender had to be withdrawn with a facial injury straight away.
Up until that point the home team had had the better of the action; they had a number of goalscoring opportunities early in the game and with better finishing could have taken control of the game. Adam Campbell had had a shot blocked but he, along with Tyrone O'Neill and winger Jarrett Rivers shot wide of the target when presented with good chances.
That solitary goal came five minutes before the interval; as a free-kick was swung in from the right wing by Ben Hedley Rhys Williams took a boot to the face causing Harriers to expect a free-kick. Instead the ball fell to Rivers who slotted past Cameron Gregory.
After the break Darlington could have doubled their advantage when a mistake by Gregory almost let in Campbell but he fired wide after pouncing on the keeper's poor touch.
Harriers were better in the second period but couldn't find a way past the well organised home defence. Ashley Hemmings had a pair of shots saved by Liam Connell and Milan Butterfield had a shot from distance blocked.
At the other end skipper Cliff Moyo was on hand to clear off the line from Justin Donowa's header as Harriers were almost caught on the break. In the last minute Harriers could have snatched an equaliser; Declan Weeks' pass split the defence open allowing Sam Austin to break into the penalty area on the right, his pull back found Ollie Shenton whose first-time shot was somehow pushed over the bar by Connell to deny the visitors.