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Captain fantastic breaks the Iron
5:03pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
Braintree 0, Harriers 1
CAPTAIN Kyle Storer grabbed a late winner as patient Harriers ground down well-drilled Braintree in Essex on Saturday.
The home side had rode their luck in the first as the Carpetmen had created a host of chances.
Harriers kept persevering and Storer headed home from a peach of a cross from substitute Jack Byrne in the 89th minute.
Manager Steve Burr kept faith with the same side which lost to Alfreton.
They came up against a Braintree outfit who had picked up four points from their first two matches but took control of the first half.
The away team monopolised possession and created chances to score but found their well-drilled opponents, who dropped deep to defend in numbers, hard to break down.
Striker Michael Gash created an opening in the seventh minute when he dragged the ball across the face of goal but Storer failed to connect.
The hitman rattled the bar in the 12th minute, rising to meet Storer's pacey free-kick only only for his header to hit woodwork.
Braintree were struggling to pose any threat at all but their main attacker, Dan Holman, did test keeper Danny Lewis with a firm effort but he held it confidently.
The hosts were lucky to still have 11 men on the pitch when Dean Wells cynically pulled down Anthony Malbon as he raced into the box but he was shown a yellow card instead of a red.
Lee Fowler was also impressing and he drove to the byline line and crossed but a defender headed the ball away.
Harriers' final chance of the first half was down to another excellent delivery from Storer, who whipped in a free-kick and Chey Dunkley headed just wide.
But the home team started the second half brightly.
Josh Gowling cleared a dangerous free-kick from Sam Habergham away.
Lewis then dived to his left to palm away Kenny Davis' shot.
Dunkley headed wide from a Storer corner as the match became stretched.
Malbon then chased down a long ball from Micky Demetriou and after holding off Habergham, heading the ball at keeper McDonald.
Burr threw on Byrne, who was back from a long term injury, and striker Joe Lolley, who was making his debut for the club since joining from Midland Combination Premier club Littleton.
The ever-alert Gowling cleared a dangerous low cross from the fleet footed Luke Daley.
But the away team finally made the breakthrough in the 89th minute. Byrne produced the cross of the game from the right and Storer powered a brilliant header past McDonald.
Braintree tried to hit back immediately with a corner but Lewis punched away as Kidderminster made it two wins out of their first three games.
Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Dunkley, Gowling, Fowler, Gittings (Byrne, 72), Gash, Malbon (Jackman, 86), Johnson (Lolley, 72) Subs not used: N Vaughan, Dance.
Braintree: McDonald, Peters (Symons, 70), Habergham, Wells, Massey, Isaac, Paine, Davis, Daley, Marks, Holman (Sparkes, 83).
Subs not used: Carney, Enver-Marum, Hamann.
Referee: Colin Lymer.
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