HARRIERS boss John Eustace says last Saturday's late scare against Curzon Ashton offered his players a valuable lesson in concentration.

A brace from James McQuilkin and a strike from Andre Brown, all within the first 15 minutes, had put Kidderminster well in control at Aggborough.

However, a poor second half nearly handed Ashton an unlikely way back.

They struck twice in the last 15 minutes through Ryan Hall and sub Jordan Wright to make for a nervy end to the clash.

Eustace said: "I was delighted with the first 15 - 20 minutes but we just got sloppy and took our foot off the pedal a little bit, which can happen in those circumstances.

"It was all about our concentration rather than the need to go on and get another goal.

"We switched off and let them in. We still deserved to win the game but they could have snatched a draw.

"We always say that every game is a learning curve and that will be no different."

In the end, the victory proved a valuable one as both AFC Fylde and Salford City dropped points. Harriers are now back in second and seven points from Fylde with two games in hand.

However, Eustace said he's still not interested in how other teams get on at this stage and is looking no further than this Saturday's trip to fourth-placed Chorley.

"It really makes no difference to us," he added. "We are just fully focused on ourselves and making sure we are ready for the next game, that is all.

"We are expecting a tough game at Chorley so will prepare correctly and look to be competitive again."

The boss will have a fully fit squad to choose from after defender Zaine Francis-Angol returned to training this week.

He is now competing for the left-back spot with Josh Ezewele, who signed a permanent contract with the club this week following a successful loan stint from League Two side Yeovil Town.

Eustace said: "I'm really pleased to get Josh onboard. He is a very good player and has done well for us when he has come in.

"We have been light in the full back areas as well so he gives us added options."

The manager said he is currently happy with the squad and isn't looking to add any other players.

Meanwhile, the club is now taking applications for trials for their 2017/18 academy intake.

Players aged 16-19 who are interested should visit the club's website for details before the closing date on April 5.

The successful Kidderminster Harriers Football Academy is in its sixth year and has produced successful players ready to start professional careers, with nine students having been offered professional contracts with Kidderminster Harriers first team. Current Harriers defender, Tyrone Williams is an Academy graduate; as is Birmingham City's Luke Maxwell who was signed from Harriers in 2016.