Trophy Embarrassment For Harriers: Curzon Ashton 3-0 Harriers
Harriers crashed out of the FA Trophy at the first hurdle, going down without a whimper.
After almost hree weeks without a game Harriers looked rusty but probably edged a dour first half at Tameside Stadium. It took until ten minutes before the break for there to be significant goalmouth action; a trainign ground free-kick routine saw Ahsley Hemmings crash the ball agaisnt the crossbar but it bounced down and away.
The home team took the lead in the last minute of the half; one-time Harriers trialist Mike Calveley received the ball 25 yards out when Harriers only partially cleared Nicky Wroe's cross from the right and unleashed a thunderbolt shot into the top corner giving Tom Palmer in the Harriers goal no chance.
Just short of the hour mark Curzon should have doubled their lead when Connor Dimiao was left unmarked at the far post as Miller crossed from the right but somehow managed to head wide of the target. The second goal did come, though, fifteen minutes from the end; Harriers lost the ball cheaply in midfield and the home side attacked on the right, James Baillie's cross seemed harmless enough as Palmer came to gather it but he and skipper Cliff Moyo collided and he lost his grip on the ball that ran loose to Charlie Jolley who fired into the unguarded goal.
As Harriers pressed to try and get back into the game with five minutes remaining they were caught on the break and Curzon put the game beyond doubt when Sean Miller played in Connor Dimaio who took the ball around Palmer and rolled it into the back of the net.