The Harriers went down by an early goal at Dartford today but incredibly they put that glitch behind them and went on to win the game 2-1 with a double from the man of the moment, Marvin Johnson. With less than a minute on the clock the home team scored direct from a corner when Ryan Hayes put his side in front. It took until late on in the second period for the Harriers to draw level with a trademark run across the goal from Johnson and then with just five minutes left the in demand striker struck with a shot from the edge of the area to push the Harriers up into fifth place in the league.
We started the game with two changes to the side that lost so poorly against Forest Green three days ago. Aman Verma had a reoccurrence of his back injury so Callum Gittings took over while Akwasi Asante came in for his first start to replace Reece Styche who was moved to the bench. On the bench in place of Reece Hales was the former Academy youngster Luke Maxwell.
On a decent pitch - a ploughed field is decent compared to Aggborough - the game started with the aforementioned shock opening goal for the hosts when they earned a corner straight from the kick off that was taken by Hayes. Somehow it evaded the Harriers defenders, and Danny Lewis, to nestle in the back of the net. It took a while for the Harriers to get a grip on the game with Dartford getting two further chances to add to their lead but within twenty minutes we were dictating the pattern of play without really threatening the home sides keeper Derren Ibrahim. Johnson had a chance that was saved easily and then Jack Byrne tried his luck with a header that went wide of the post.
The half ended with no further problems and we went into the break feeling that the game could well be turned around easily enough just by being a little sharper in front of goal w=and a tightening up at the back.