Harriers sunk by Dobie double
The Albion and their mass of fans were the visitors to Aggborough today and they were the ones to go home with a smile on their faces after seeing their side come back from the dead with two goals from the ex Carlisle striker Scott Dobie.
In fact it was the Albion who scored all three goals after new signing Bernt Haas had put the ball into his own net to give the Harriers a lead after 50 minutes.
All the action came in the second half after a rather drab first half that see much of the game getting bogged down in midfield. The bright spots came first from Kyle Lightbourne who saw his header from a perfect Kenny Coleman corner fly into the arms of the Albion keeper, Russell Hoult.
Lightbourne came close to scoring again but his cross goal shot from another Coleman ball drifted wide of the far post, just clipping it on it's way.
One of the Albions new signings, Rob Hulse, saw his shot sail over the bar and that was it until near the end of the half when Jason Koumas gave a brief signal of intent. His free kick swung dangerously across the Harriers goal to be met by the head of Daniel Dichio but it was pushed out for a corner by Stuart Brock.
Minutes from the half time whistle and Matt Lewis almost gave the Reds the lead when he saw Hoult off his line and in trying to chip him saw the ball fall just behind the crossbar.
The second half started and with it the signal to start the substitutions. Sam Shilton came on for us to replace the ineffective Narada. He had seen too many passes go astray and seemed loathe to take a player on.
Five minutes into the half and the Harriers went into the lead.
A cracking cross from Kyle Lightbourne deceived every one in the area including the ex Sunderland player Bernt Haas. Obviously not knowing his new mates too well and which side he was playing for he struck a superb volley that gave his keeper no chance.
Ten minutes later we came oh so close to increasing the lead further when Matt Lewis, on the edge of the area, saw his free kick swoop down and crash onto the top of the Albion crossbar.
After that came a flurry of changes to the line-ups of both sides. Notably Bo Henriksen on for Lightbourn and Scott Dobie on for the Albion.
It was Bo who had the next chance to increase the Harriers lead but Craig Hintons cross took him by surprise and he failed to connect correctly.
Then came a remarkable scene when, after a spot of first aid in the middle of the park, a drop ball was sent back to the Albion keeper by Danny (call me subtle) Williams. The force of his pass took Hoult by surprise and saw him back peddling furiously in an effort to stop the ball going into the empty net. He got there just in the nick of time.
In a second flurry of substitutions the crowd favourite, Lee Hughes, came on for Rob Hulse and Sean Parrish came on for Sean Flynn. It was that move that led to our downfall.
Up until then we had matched the Baggies in midfield but without Flynnie our passion had gone and the Albion stepped up a gear.
First Hughsie shot into the side netting and then Scott Dobie got the first of his two goals.
He latched onto a pass from Jason Koumas and, with the Harriers defence watching, rounded Stuart Brock to tap the ball in just inches from the goal line.
His second came a minute later with another cross from Koumas that found him again in space to head the ball home from close range.
With the Harriers fans heading for the exits they could have gone three up when a Neil Clement free kick was just about pushed onto the bar by the Harriers keeper.
For eighty odd minutes we had held our own against tough opposition but I felt that with the removal of Sean Flynn we had lost our midfield terrier. Albion saw that too and made the most of it.