Our four game tourney against the top four sides came to an end today with yet another great result, this time at second placed AFC Wimbledon. It all started against Wrexham at Aggborough a few weeks back and we saw them off with a hard fought win and then in the next game we travelled to Luton and came back with a creditable draw.
Present league leaders, Crawley Town, came to Aggborough last week and with the game ending all square that one point moved them into top spot to displace todays opponents. Today we turned the screw on Wimbledons slump in form and ran out worthy 2-1 winners at their Kingsmeadow home.
The result doesn't move us any higher in the league than our previous fifth place but, with Fleetwood losing at home today, it consolidates our place in the play offs. We now have to sit out the next two weeks while those around us play and we cross our fingers in hope that they continue to slip up.
There was a changed look to the side today with Sean Canham coming in for Lee Morris and Nick Wright in for Jamille Matt. Both of them dropped to the bench. At the back and in midfield Tom Sharpe is missing for the remainder of the season with a dislocated knee and Mark Albrighton was out with a tooth abscess so Lee Vaughan came in for Sharpe and Chris McPhee dropped back into midfield to cover for Albrighton.
Wimbledon had their fair share of players missing too but the one player that the Harriers fans were waiting to see was sat on the bench. Drewe Broughton signed on loan for the Dons a few weeks ago from their biggest enemies MK Dons and it's for that reason they can't quite accept him even though he scored against Tamworth on his debut for them and then scored against Altrincham in the following game too.
The game got underway with the Harriers almost scoring in the opening seconds when Tom Shaw saw a chance from twenty yards out and let fly with a shot that went just the wrong side of Seb Browns right post. A minute later and Matty Blair was trying his luck too when he fired in a shot that looped over the keepers head just as he managed to tip it over to safety.
The hosts responded with some half chances but they were no real threat to the Harriers. We did though when Nick Wright broke free from a Wimbledon corner, raced up field and then, with just the keeper to beat, he fired narrowly wide when he should really have scored.
Slowly the Dons began to creep back into the game and pressurise our goal. First Michael Briscoe headed a dangerous looking thro-in over the bar and then Keith Briggs made a goal line clearance from Luke Moores corner. Steven Gregory was the next to test us out but his shot hit Mike Williams and got diverted away from danger.
Once we had survived that period of pressure we came close once more when Blair latched onto a poor back pass from Jamie Stuart but unluckily for him the keeper reached the ball first. Our keeper was in good form too and Danny Lewis managed to beat away a shot from Kirk Hudson that looked to be on its way in.
Back up the other end and again Nick Wright was in the thick of the action. First he hit the post after collecting a matty Blair pass and then his effort was saved low down by Brown. The next move of the game bought our first goal.
It was that man Wright again who was instrumental in the build up. His neat flick on allowed Sean Canham to race through and send a superb shot past Seb Brown for goal number one. Soon after the referee blew the whistle for half time and we went into the break a goal to the good.