The Harriers made their way up to fifth place in the table with this narrow win against a rather physical Wrexham side that still sit two places above us. Behind us are now Fleetwood who lost at home, somewhat surprisingly, to an Eastbourne side that had only collected a single point since November and had lost eleven games in a row both home and away.
Kettering also did us a favour by effectively putting Newport out of the picture with a 2-0 home win against them. We now have both Gateshead and York City creeping up into the equation now and all of that could make the run in to the end of the season very interesting. That doesn't even take in the fact that we ourselves have a very tough run in too.
Todays win, thanks to a Chris McPhee penalty, saw us deal with the first of four tough games in a solid, if unspectacular, fashion. With a better crowd at Aggborough thanks to a very good, as expected, Wrexham following the game got off to a furious start on a wet pitch thanks to the overnight rain. It was end to end stuff right from the word go and in the opening minutes we could have taken the lead when Mike Williams, playing against his former club, sent over a probing cross that Jay Harris almost put into his own net when he tried to head it away to safety.
Matty Blair went close too when he headed wide but then the referee decided it was time to put himself in the spotlight by penalising Michael Briscoe after Andy Mangan almost crushed him as he went crashing into him. The free kick came to nothing but it set the tone of officialdom for the remainder of the game.
The game continued in a scrappy mode for the next twenty minutes with neither side seeming able to get the ball down on the floor and pass it around. Head tennis was the way it was going to go.
That was until the half hour mark when the Harriers started to put the pressure on a labouring Wrexham defence, a defence that included former Harrier Mark Creighton. All we needed to do was keep it on the ground to expose his inability to turn and we'd have them beat. Matty Blair is the one player that we have capable of doing that and he gave notice when he stormed through their defence and struck a shot that hit the post. It went back out to Mike Williams but his left footed shot went into the side netting.
The next move of note was the only goal of the game. Blair again raced into the area but this time a Wrexham defender, Chris Blackburn, ended his run by bringing him down from behind and the ref pointed to the spot and booked Blackburn for his mis-demeanour.
Chris McPhee stepped up to take it and quickly sent it goalwards and the underside of the crossbar. The ball richotched down and around the net for a winning penalty but not the best you'll ever see taken.
Wrexham tried quickly to get the goal back but Mangans effort from Lee Fowlers cross went wide and the whistle blew for halftime soon after.