The Harriers crashed to their third home defeat of the season to a team struggling at the bottom of the table with only one away win to their credit. In fact they didn't really crash, they gave them the points on a plate to take home with them and help them in their fight against relegation. They didn't give a toss about our own attempt to get back into the play-offs.
This was a game that had been pencilled in as a 'must win' game and following yesterdays games when all the other contenders for the play-offs won then we needed to do likewise. We didn't and we never looked like doing so either.
As usual it had all started so promisingly with the Harriers fully in charge for the opening ten minutes and Matt Barnes-Homer crowning that period with the opening goal. It was fortuitous that it came from a mistake by the Vics' Matt Bailey because if it hadn't been for him losing the ball after robbing Darryl Knights of it then Dazzler wouldn't have been able to play MBH in to score.
As usual once we scored we then sat back to let Northwich back into the game. Most of their attacks came from Jamie Mullan - a man so small and weak looking he'd find a paper bag too much for him - and he was giving Keith Lowe a torrid time. His darting runs and crossing was putting our own wing wizard Martin Brittain to shame.
For us Darryl Knights was trying to get something going but both Justin Richards and MBH seemed to have lost the urge to chase anything and when they did they dithered too often over where to go next and ended up either losing the ball completely or misfiring when they did unleash a shot on goal.
Andy Ferrell was also trying his best but then lost it completely when he went in two footed on the Vics Jamie Stevens sending the player crashing to the ground. The ref almost immediately brandished a yellow card at Fez when it should really have been a red. He did nothing about the push in Fez's face from Matt Bailey either. He wasn't a very good referee.
On the half hour Northwich drew level.
Adam Bartlett managed to block a long range drive from Joel Byrom but only as far as the lurking Dean McDonald who then fired in his effort only for Barts to get a hand to as far as Damien Reeves. It was Reeves that finished the move off by putting the ball into the net from close in.
The goal woke us up and we managed to force a succession of corners but nothing came of them and we settled back into our relaxed, comfort zone once more. With the seconds ticking away to half time Northwich should have scored once more when Dean McDonald rattled the cross bar with a powerful shot that came crashing back down onto the line and then got cleared away up field.