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Johnson stuns Bradford as Harriers scrape into FA Cup first round
11:02pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
Harriers 2, Bradford Park Avenue 1 (AET)
FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
SUPER-SUB Marvin Johnson was the hero as Harriers finally saw off an impressive Bradford side and progressed into the FA Cup first round on Tuesday night.
Harriers were lucky to still be in the game as the Skrill North side out payed the hosts and were denied by the woodwork twice.
But Johnson made the difference when he came on at the start of extra-time, setting up Amari Morgan-Smith for the first and then scoring a well-taken second to break Bradford's heart.
Chib Chilaka caused a few tense moments when he pulled one back but the Conference Premier side hung on for victory.
Kidderminster will now take on Skrill South side Sutton United at home in the next round of the cup.
The kick-off was delayed by half an hour after Bradford's coach broke down on the M5 but it was the hosts who stalled.
Harriers looked nervous and were giving their Yorkshire rivals aces of space to attack.
Keeper Danny Lewis flung himself at a shot from Jordan Deacey in the fifth minute.
Fleet footed hitman Joe Lolley looked the only Kidderminster player of unlocking the visiting defence and his rising left-footed effort from the edge of the box was tipped over by keeper John Lamb.
But the home side enjoyed a huge slice of luck in the 21st minute, when Nicky Boshell ran through a huge gap at the back and beat Lewis only to see his low shot crash off the base of the post.
The Carpetmen were struggling to find their rhythm and Jamie Grimes saw a header fly over the bar.
Captain Kyle Storer directed a volley over the bar in another rare attack.
But Kidderminster rode their luck and Clayton squandered another good chance for Bradford when he headed wide at a corner.
So angry was manager Burr that he could be heard berating his players during a blistering half-time team talk.
Kidderminster's boss also took decisive action, hauling off the ineffective Lee Fowler to bring on Mickey Demetriou, a switch that saw Danny Jackman move from left-back into midfield.
The hosts came out on a mission to atone for their lacklustre display and Anthony Malbon had two shots in as many minutes.
Jackman tested Lamb with a low effort, while Amari Morgan-Smith bent a free-kick over the bar.
Bradford were being pegged back but striker Alex Davidson, who scored in the first game, saw an ambitious chip float wide of Harriers' goal.
But it was the home side who kept plugging away and Jackman dragged a low effort wide after being teed up by Lolley.
Bradford felt they should have been handed a penalty when captain Kyle Storer fouled Deacey in the 69th minute, only for Captain Kyle Storer was replaced by midfielder Jack Byrne in the 71st minute.
Harriers were unlucky not to leading in the 78th minute when the lively Davidson nutmegged Josh Gowling and saw a brilliant effort crash off the inside of the posh and put of the goal.
But neither side could find a goal as the match went into extra-time.
In the final change of the evening for the Carpetmen, Marvin Johnson came on for a tiring Lolley.
The wideman made an immediate impact as he raced down the left and sent in a cross which Morgan-Smith bundled home in the 92nd minute.
The away side had not given up hope and Lewis was called into action by Deacey's low effort.
But the tie was put beyond the unlucky away team in the 103rd minute when Johnson swivelled smartly to slam a shot into the net. But Bradford grabbed a lifeline early in the second half as Chilaka fired home from Martin Drury's cross.
Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Gowling, Grimes, Jackman, Fowler (Demetriou,46), Storer (Byrne, 71), Gittings, Lolley, Malbon, Morgan-Smith.
Subs not used: N Vaughan, Johnson, Angus, Dance, Tolley.
Bradford PA: Lamb, Howarth, Drury, Marshall (Lenigham, 98), Knowles, Clayton, Boshell (Chilaka, 93), Davidson, Deacey (Corner, 106), Walker.
Subs not used: Maxfield, Hume, McMurray.
Referee: Paul Rees (Scunthorpe).
Attendance: 1212 (33)
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