Super-sub Morgan-Smith salvages a point for Harriers

Kidderminster Shuttle: Amari Morgan-Smith. Amari Morgan-Smith.

Harriers 2, Braintree 2

STRIKER Amari Morgan-Smith came off the bench to bag a fine double and rescue a draw against Braintree at Aggborough.

The Carpetmen had looked destined to taste defeat after Dan Holman and Matt Paine had fired the away team ahead.

But Morgan-Smith replaced Freddie Ladapo and bagged goals in the 78th and 82nd minutes.

Harriers boss Andy Thorn rang the changes from the side which lost to Lincoln City.

He handed starts to new signings Santiago Aloi, Adrian Cieslewicz, Josh O'Keefe and Freddi Ladapo.

Striker Anthony Malbon was recalled an handed a chance to impress with top-scorer Michael Gash out injured.

Braintree had not played in the league since January 11 because of the heavy rains which have ravaged the country.

Harriers had started brightly and Argentinian Aloi showed flashes of his skill.  But for all their pressure in the first 25 minutes, the home side did not really rest keeper Nick Hamman.

The host's best chance came in the 22nd minute when O'Keefe dived to meet Kyle Storer's corner but headed wide.

Braintree slowly started to take control as their direct approach paid off.  Keeper Nathan Vaughan was in fine form. He punched away a good corner from Bernard Mensar in the 26th minute.

Moments later, he did well to take Sean Marks's volley at the second attempt.

O'Keefe ensured it was honours even in the 38th minute, clearing a header from Dean Wells off the line.

Harriers were handed a scoring chance at the start of the second half when Cieslewicz was fouled but Mickey Demetriou's free-kick flew wide.

But the away side took the lead in the 53rd minute when Paine pounced on a flap by Vaughan at a Kenny Davis corner and fired home.

But the Carpetmen slipped 2-0 down in the 67th minute.

Substitute Holman had been on the pitch 60 seconds when he applied a lovely finish at the near post after good work by Bernard Mensar.

O'Keefe had a chance to pull one back in the 71st minute from an excellent Jackman cross but he headed wide at far post.

Thorn hauled off Ladapo to replace him with Morgan-Smith, who turned the game on its head.

He grabbed a lifeline in the 78th minute when he slotted a right footed effort beyond Hamman.

The striker levelled four minutes later, hammering a left-footed effort from the edge of the box into the back of the net.

Josh Gowling thought he had fired the hosts ahead in the 88th minute when Braintree keeper rushed inexplicably out of the box but the defender's header crashed off the bar.

Braintree had a chance to win the march in time added on after a good break by James Mulley but substitute Dan Sparks saw his effort fly over the bar.

But in the end, Harriers survived and take some pressure off under fire boss Andy Thorn, who was subject of some barracking from unhappy Harriers supporters.

Harriers: N Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Dunkley, Malbon, Jackman, Ladapo (Morgan-Smith, 54), O'Keefe, Cieslewicz, Aloi (Byrne, 71), Gowling.

Subs not used: Lewis, Rowe, Grimes.

Braintree: Hamman, Peters, Habergham, Paine, Davis, Marks (Holman, 66), Massey, Mensar (Daley, 81), Wells, Mulley, Laurent (Sparks, 81)).

Subs not used: McDonald, Long, Sparks, Daley.

Referee: Simon Bennett (Staffs).

Attendance: 1653 (27)

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5:57pm Sat 22 Feb 14

grouchy old git says...

Still a poor performance against a team of part time no hopers. If Harriers can't perform against teams like Braintree then they have no hope of competing with teams like Luton, Wrexham or Cambridge and promotion to the football league with this current set up would be even more disastrous than the previous excursion into the football league.
Still a poor performance against a team of part time no hopers. If Harriers can't perform against teams like Braintree then they have no hope of competing with teams like Luton, Wrexham or Cambridge and promotion to the football league with this current set up would be even more disastrous than the previous excursion into the football league. grouchy old git
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6:11pm Sat 22 Feb 14

BTE111 says...

Is Mr Serrell still Here? Has He resigned yet? Is that thicko of a manager still here? So Kiddy were in a play off berth. They were in a position to challenge for automatic spot. They were in the cup and playing a brand of football to be proud of. But wait a minute.....along comes Mark Serrell a person with a vaste experience in grunning football clubs and getting the promoted. He comes up with a master plan!!! Lets sack Steve Burr a mananager who is up there with the best at kiddy. But lets get rid of him not at the end of the season, which is normally usual, but To do it halway through at possibly the most important time. Lets not wait to see how Mr Burr does and make a decision later but do it now. Then part two of his master stroke plan!!! I will appoint a manager so thick he has difficulty getting his brain to get the words out. His cv shows he was the manager of a mid table championship side and brought all his experience and expertise to get them relegated, play boring poor football and leave them struggling in Division one. Now he is doing the same at kiddy. What a smart and intelligent move Mr Serrell. Still lets look on the bright side .....there are some lovely places we can visit in Conference north or south.
So Kiddy are in a play off berth. They are in a position to challenge for automatic spot. They are in the cup and playing a brand of football to be proud of. But wait a minute.....along comes Mark Serrell a person with a vaste experience in grunning football clubs and getting the promoted. He comes up with a master plan!!! Lets sack Steve Burr a mananager who is up there with the best at kiddy. But lets get rid of him not at the end of the season, which is normally usual, but To do it halway through at possibly the most important time. Lets not wait to see how Mr Burr does and make a decision later but do it now. Then part two of his master stroke plan!!! I will appoint a manager so thick he has difficulty getting his brain to get the words out. His cv shows he was the manager of a mid table championship side and brought all his experience and expertise to get them relegated, play boring poor football and leave them struggling in Division one. Now he is doing the same at kiddy. What a smart and intelligent move Mr Serrell. Still lets look on the bright side .....there are some lovely places we can visit in Conference north or south. BTE111
Is Mr Serrell still Here? Has He resigned yet? Is that thicko of a manager still here? So Kiddy were in a play off berth. They were in a position to challenge for automatic spot. They were in the cup and playing a brand of football to be proud of. But wait a minute.....along comes Mark Serrell a person with a vaste experience in grunning football clubs and getting the promoted. He comes up with a master plan!!! Lets sack Steve Burr a mananager who is up there with the best at kiddy. But lets get rid of him not at the end of the season, which is normally usual, but To do it halway through at possibly the most important time. Lets not wait to see how Mr Burr does and make a decision later but do it now. Then part two of his master stroke plan!!! I will appoint a manager so thick he has difficulty getting his brain to get the words out. His cv shows he was the manager of a mid table championship side and brought all his experience and expertise to get them relegated, play boring poor football and leave them struggling in Division one. Now he is doing the same at kiddy. What a smart and intelligent move Mr Serrell. Still lets look on the bright side .....there are some lovely places we can visit in Conference north or south. So Kiddy are in a play off berth. They are in a position to challenge for automatic spot. They are in the cup and playing a brand of football to be proud of. But wait a minute.....along comes Mark Serrell a person with a vaste experience in grunning football clubs and getting the promoted. He comes up with a master plan!!! Lets sack Steve Burr a mananager who is up there with the best at kiddy. But lets get rid of him not at the end of the season, which is normally usual, but To do it halway through at possibly the most important time. Lets not wait to see how Mr Burr does and make a decision later but do it now. Then part two of his master stroke plan!!! I will appoint a manager so thick he has difficulty getting his brain to get the words out. His cv shows he was the manager of a mid table championship side and brought all his experience and expertise to get them relegated, play boring poor football and leave them struggling in Division one. Now he is doing the same at kiddy. What a smart and intelligent move Mr Serrell. Still lets look on the bright side .....there are some lovely places we can visit in Conference north or south. BTE111 BTE111
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