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Byrne strikes as Harriers battle back to force FA Cup replay
5:13pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
Bradford Park Avenue 1, Harriers 1
HARRIERS will need an FA Cup replay to see off Skrill North side Bradford after being held to a draw on Sunday at the Horsfall Stadium.
The two sides will meet again in Worcestershire on Tuesday night to decide who will entertain either Hemel Hempstead or Sutton United in the first round after an entertaining but closely fought tie.
The Carpetmen may be second in the Conference Premier but Park Avenue took the game to their high-flying opponents as the rained lashed down and strong winds affected the match.
They fell behind to Alex Davidson's brilliant long range effort but Jack Byrne levelled the scores.
Harriers started the game in dominant mood but on a soggy pitch in windy conditions, Bradford battled back and started to take the game to the visitors.
The hosts signalled their attacking intent in the 11th minute when on-loan Leeds man Simon Lenighan teed up Nathan Hotte, who drove a shot across the face of goal.
Bradford winger Paul Walker then tested Danny Lewis with a firm low shot.
It was Bradford who kept driving forward and Josh Gowling was forced to slide in and put a dangerous cross from Richard Marshall behind his own goal.
Danny Jackman was shown a yellow card for a push on Davidson.
But the scoring was opened in the 26th minute when Kidderminster were hit on the break.
Dangerman Walker sped down the left and found Davidson, who beat Lewis with a curling effort which flew into the top corner.
Amari Morgan-Smith had a chance to level the scores but saw an effort blocked Bradford continued to have the initiative but Kidderminster took advantage of a defensive lapse to draw level in the 35th minute.
The unmarked Byrne was given time and space to beat keeper John Lamb with a simple header from a Joe Lolley corner.
Lolley nearly put Harriers ahead moments later, but Lamb was equal to his curling effort.
Boss Steve Burr took decisive action at the start of the second half, taking off Nathan Blissett for striker Anthony Malbon.
Byrne nearly added a second goal minutes into the half, leaping to reach Jackman's cross but his header skimmed the bar.
But the home side were not overawed and Lewis was called into action in the 60th minute, diving to his right to deny Davidson.
The hosts had the ball in back of the net but it was rightly ruled offside.
But Harriers were looking more composed and the in-form Lolley carved out a good chance in the 68th minute.
The 21-year-old hitman came even closer in the 79th minute, chipping the ball just over the bar after racing past Bradford's tiring defence.
The final minute of the match saw chances for both ends. Marshall's long range strike cannoned around Harriers' box and the away side saw Malbon fire over the bar.
Bradford PA: Lamb, Howarth, Drury, Marshall, Knowles, Clayton, Lenighan (Deacey, 70), Hotte, Davidson, Boshell (Chilaka, 70), Walker.
Subs not used: McMurray, Corner, Maxfield, Quinn, Hume.
Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Jackman, Grimes, Gowling, Fowler (Gittings, 61), Storer, Byrne (Tolley, 84), Lolley, Blissett (Malbon, 46), Morgan-Smith.
Subs not used: N Vaughan, Angus, Johnson.
Referee: Ben Toner.
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