The Harriers came from behind twice at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton, today after starting with the same line-up as against Altrincham on Saturday. You have to agree with Mark Yates on this occasion because if it works then don't change it.
There was another start for Martin Brittain and David McDermott and Darryl Knights had to be happy with a place on the bench again.
In the Burton side were three ex-Harriers and one who could have been. Andy Corbett, Matt Bailey and John McGrath were the ex's and Greg Pearson was the could have been.
It didn't take long for Pearson to show what we had missed out on and how dangerous he could be in the box. It was his pass that set up Jody Banim as early as the second minute but thankfully the ex Droylsden striker put his shot straight into the grateful arms of Adam Bartlett. Marc Goodfellow and John Brayford then tried to make the breakthrough with some long range shots but the Harriers defence held firm and mopped them up easily.
We retaliated with a long range effort ourselves when Russ Penn saw an opening and took aim from twenty five yards out but it flew well wide. Luke Jones was the next to have a go and this time he came closer with a header, from Martin Brittain's corner, that pinged off Kevin Poole's crossbar.
With the game going from end to end it wasn't going to be long before someone got the first goal and it had to be Pearson with his fourth goal in as many games.
Banim collected the ball from Corbett and took it to the edge of the area from where he picked out the poorly marked Pearson who stuck out a foot to change the direction of the ball into the net.
We weren't going to sit back and watch though and other chances came our way for Penn and Brittain although nothing positive came from them but it did from Adam Bartlett. The fat, but deceptively quick, Banim had a shot that had goal written all over it but somehow Adam managed to flip backwards to tip a reflex save over the bar.
The half ended with a yellow card for Russ Penn after he went for a ball in penalty area that John McGrath had got covered. Penn went 'flying' over his foot and the ref did him for diving. Although Penn didn't argue with the ref's decision I don't think it warranted a booking.