Harriers Off To A Flyer: York City 1-2 Harriers
A goal in each half gave Harriers an Opening Day victory to spoil York's big day at their new stadium.
There were debuts for summer signings Joe Foulkes, Nathan Cameron and Mark Carrington with Nyal Bell and Jamie Emery on the bench.
In York's shiny new LNER Community Stadium Harriers got off to a lively start and took the lead midway through the half with a classic counter-attacking goal. The tireless Ethan Freemantle won the ball deep inside his own half and carried forward before finding Omari Sterling-James whose reverse pass sent Sam Austin into the penalty area to roll the ball across goal to Ashley Hemmings at the far post for an easy tap-in.
At the other end the home side should have drawn level when Mackenzie Heaney's cross found Clayton Donaldson but his near post header was well saved by Luke Simpson. Shortly afterwards another cross picked out Mark Beck but he powered a header across goal and wide.
York needed just 36 seconds of the second half to draw level; Michael Duckworth's long crossfield ball found Heaney on the left who dispatched a low shot into the bottom corner.
Harriers weathered a spell of pressure from the home side before getting back into the game and testing Peter Jameson in the City goal on a number of occasions. Austin saw his shot saved at the foot of the post and Caleb Richards hit his shot at the keeper after being set up by Bell who had come off the bench for his debut.
After Keziah Martin had blasted a shot over the bar Austin crafted an opening for Bell who saw his shot saved with Jameson alert to also save Lewis Montrose's follow-up shot.
With time running out Harriers grabbed the winner, Bell helped the ball on to Austin who carried it through the inside-right channel before cutting inside and hitting a 25-yard shot past Jameson with the help of a substantial deflection.