The Harriers broke their away day duck at Dover today with an early second half goal from Jack Byrne giving them the lead. A lead they were to hold on until the end of the game.
With Gary Whild unable to attend the game through illness it was Mark Creighton that took charge of the side in his absence and named just two changes to the team that started the game against Chester last Monday. Jamie Grimes was an enforced change due to the sending off of Chey Dunkley against Chester while Callum Gittings dropped to the bench in favour of Aman Verma.
The first half was something of a damp squib with not much action for either side. With Dover recovering from a 6-1 drubbing at Woking last week it was obvious that they would tighten up at the back and that was how it turned out with five at the back. It was up to the Harriers to break them down if they wanted to get their away season started.
The home side were the first to see a glimpse of goal even though it was from twenty Five yards out. Tom Bonner, on loan from Cambridge Utd, sent his shot from outside of the area just past the post. Nathan Elder came closer a few minutes later when his header went over the bar and we were still waiting for any kind of attempt on goal from the Harriers.
That was to change soon after when, first, Jack Byrne played in Nathan Blissett but he sent his shot over the bar and then Craig Reid should have scored when he swooped onto Kyle Storers pass and volleyed in a ball that the Dover keeper could only just grab hold of.
That was the Harriers best spell of the half and the game settled back into its comfort zone with only a further chance just before the break that fell for Byrne again but his shot was well intercepted by Chris Kinnear Jnr.