Harriers win by the debated goal in seven
21 March 2017
After the 1-0 victory over Gainsborough on Saturday, Tamworth welcomed Kidderminster Harriers for a rare Tuesday night fixture at The GST Gas Services Tamworth Stadium and The Lamb looked set to welcome a decent crowd despite the cold and wet weather.
Andy Morrell made no changes to the side from four days previously, although Styche and Taylor swapped shirts in the starting eleven.
Harriers got the game underway attacking the Castle End but the Lambs got the first freekick of the game inside the first minute and Morley fired it low into the area, but the visitors cleared.
Kidderminster forced a corner on the left on 4 which was headed high over the bar at the near post by Tunicliffe.
Ngwatala forced Belshaw into action on 6 with a 20 yard drive which the keeper parried away.
On 11 Clarke’s shot from 30 yards was deflected out for a left sided corner in front of the Meadow Street End and Taylor got his head onto it and forced a superb fingertip save from Hornby over the bar.
From the resulting flag kick Tamworth forced Hornby to smother the ball on the line.
Williams was called into action early on 22 when Tunnicliffe pulled up and was unable to continue.
A couple of niggly fouls by Harriers in their own first third of the field around 25 gave Tamworth dead balls to try out and from the second Newton stole in at the far post to stab home the loose ball for his 20th of the season when Styche’s flick towards the six yard box was not cleared. (1-0, 25 mins)
Davies was brought down in the left channel on 30 and Morley’s ball in caused havoc in the box before Lane shaped to shoot and was brought down for a penalty which Styche stepped up to take and sent Hornby the wrong way to make it 2-0 on 32.
Croasdale was booked for a clumsy challenge on Newton as he made headway across the Harriers box on 35.
A deep freekick from Morley on 38 forced a corner of a Kidderminster defender but from the deadball a push halted play and the visitors took the ball straight down to the clubhouse corner of the ground where Burns conceded a freekick on 39.
The ball whipped around the edge of the area and Burns was penalised for another foul in a similar position on 40 but Nti’s freekick was high over the target.
Davies picked up a cheap yellow card after kicking the ball away following a foul. Ezewele crossed from the right for Nti to try a half volley shot which went just wide of the near post on 44.
A superb one handed save from Hornby denied Newton his second via a close range diving header on 45, although the whistle halted play and would have denied the goal anyway, as added time started.
But there was a goal before the half time whistle when a deep bal in from the left was nodded back and Ironside bundled it home from close range (2-1, 45+2 mins)
Tamworth restarted proceedings and Morey picked up a yellow for a foul by the corner flag on 48.
Taylor made headway down the right on 53 and the third and final challenge was the one that halted his passage but there was no card, so Morley fired the deadball into the area and Clarke was pushed down for another freekick on the right wing.
Morley drove the ball into the box but Hornby was equal to it.
Belshaw was more than equal to two direct shots on target from Ironside and the Truslove on 56 first at the near post and then a dipping lob.
Then on 59 Davies was brought down under pressure and the linesman flagged for a freekick against him, on the far side.
Davies was unable to continue and had to be replaced, and then from the freekick Williams headed home at the far post to the delight of the travelling fans, but the home fans definitely did not agree with any of the decisions that lead up to the goal (2-2, 61 mins)
Taylor was present with a good sight on goal on 71 but the covering defende got there before the ball could drop.
Belshaw part parried part spilled a 25 yard shot from Truslove and with McQuilkin and Ironside in close quarters, the keeper made a second then third save before Ironside made a yard of space and rifled home from 6 yards (2-3, 74 mins)
Morrell made a double change on 79 in a bid to get back into the game and it came via the other substitute on 87 when Deeney struck an absolute screamer from 30 yards past Hornby into the back of the net with the keeper unable to get anywhere near it. (3-3, 87 mins)
Belshaw pushed the ball around the post for a corner on 90 and four minutes added time was shown, but from the flag kick Lowe got his head to the ball at the near post and flicked it into the roof of the net to give Harriers the lead back again, (3-4, 90+1 mins) and the final whistle blew on a win for the second placed side.
Belshaw, Burns, Morley, Fox, Jones, Lane, Davies (Deeney 60), Clarke (Powell 79), Newton, Styche (Dyer 79), Taylor
Subs: Jezeph, Green
YC: Davies 42, Morley 48
Kidderminster Harriers Team:
Hornby, Ezewele, Francis-Angol, Croasdale, Lowe, Tunnicliffe (Wiliams 22), Nti (Waite 85), McQuilkin, Ironside, Ngwatala, Austin (Truslove HT)
Subs: Knights, Brown
YC: Croasdale 35
Man of the Match: Handelsbanken chose Danny Newton
Referee: Mr. R. Wild