2 - 1Full Time
Ashley Chambers’ double saw Kidderminster edge past Moors in difficult conditions at Aggborough.
Glen Taylor’s back post header four minutes into the second half had cancelled out Chambers’ 21stminute opener, but the Harriers striker restored Kiddy’s lead immediately from the restart.
Moors were denied a clear goal as the game entered injury time when Taylor was adjudged to have climbed on the back of Ryan Johnson before heading past Brandon Hall.
Rob Ramshaw was shown a red card after the final whistle as Moors lost ground on Chorley after their victory at Boston United.
Twelve days after a 1-1 draw against Southport Jason Ainsley made one change, bringing in Shaun Tuton for the injured Andrew Johnson.
The game got underway in blustery and uncomfortable conditions, affecting a scrappy and tedious first half of action, but it was the home side who were the more dominant force.
Chambers threatened early on with a free-kick following a handball from Scott Harrison, before Billy Daniels attempted a long-range chip which Matt Gould was able to collect.
The early pressure from the play-off pushing Harriers arrived just after the twenty-minute mark, starting with a combative challenge from Johnson on Chandler.
The ball was worked to winger Liam McAlinden who slipped in Chambers, and the lively forward fed a shot past Gould to give Mark Yates’ team the advantage.
Only the brilliance of Gould prevented Moors from falling two goals behind ten minutes later, as the keeper expertly stopped Chambers’ close-range strike with a strong left hand.
Moors, who were playing against the swirling wind in the first half, posed a much greater threat in a frantic and action packed second half, and it took just four minutes for Taylor to pop up with another vital goal.
A wicked delivery from the left was headed towards his own goal by Harry Flowers, with Hall reacting well to parry the ball out to Tuton, and the winger spotted the lurking Taylor at the back post who headed low for his 27thgoal of the season in all competitions.
With the dust still settling from Taylor’s equaliser, Harriers immediately restored their lead. McAlinden found space on the left before whipping a teasing cross which evaded the lunging James Curtis, finding Chambers who slotted first time into the bottom corner.
Moors had their fair share of opportunities to draw level, with Tuton firing at Hall from the edge of the area, before Taylor’s header went agonisingly wide of the the post.
The game’s final dramatic act was to arrive in stoppage time, with the referee stepping centre stage.
After Moors recycled a corner, Stephen Brogan’s deep back post cross was headed in by the leaping Taylor, who rose above his man fairly, but the referee felt there was sufficient contact to award a free-kick to the relived home side.
Moors host Bradford (Park Avenue) on Tuesday evening at The Brewery Field.
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