KIDDERMINSTER boss Mark Yates praised his side's reaction as they took another step towards gatecrashing the National League North play-off places last weekend.

A double from in-form hitman Ashley Chambers handed Harriers a 2-1 home success over promotion-chasing Spennymoor Town.

The victory was all the more sweeter for Yates as it saw his side hit back after the previous week's disappointing 3-0 loss at leaders Chorley.

Reds moved a point outside the play-off places but have played a game more than sixth-placed Altrincham and seventh-placed Telford United.

Yates said: "It was a great response from the lads after the Chorley defeat. I wanted the response from them and they delivered that.

"The wind was strong and that was a bit of an issue but we started the game very well and took a deserved lead and should have had more.

"I think we gave as good as we got in the second half and changed our shape a little to try and cause them problems and in the end came out with a deserved win.

"We just didn't get the Chorley game right and I might have picked the wrong team on the day.

"The important thing was how we came back from it."

Yates was also full of praise for Chambers after netting five goals in his last three games.

He added: ""He has been excellent ever since I came in and is now getting the reward for his hard work.

"He's a player with a big work ethic that is always doing his bit for the team.

"He had just hit a spell when he wasn't scoring but that work ethic, energy and effort hadn't changed."

Harriers now head to fourth-placed Brackley Town this Saturday.

They could be boosted by the return of playmaker Declan Weeks after he featured in a reserve fixture this week.

Meanwhile, Yates says it's unlikely Reds will do any more business follow last week's double deal for Harry Flowers and Kwame Thomas.

The boss raided former club Solihull Moors for towering defender Flowers and forward Kwame Thomas, who both arrived at Aggborough on loan until the end of the season.