Four changes to the Harriers side at Halifax today failed to reap any benefit result wise as we fell to a 2-0 defeat with the Halifax goals coming from Louis Maynard and the former Harriers loanee Richard Peniket. Two of the changes were enforced with Josh Gowling missing out through injury and Kyle Storer missing out through suspension. Jamie Grimes and Aman Verma stepped in for those two while Ahmed Obeng came into the side at the expense of Marvin Johnson following his good showing at Barnet last Saturday while Michael Gash started in place of Craig Reid. Both Johnson and Reid went to the bench.
For Halifax they came into the game on the back of four games without a win and a 4-1 defeat away at Eastleigh last weekend. They intended to start todays game with Danny Hattersley, returning from injury, but he got taken ill during the pre-game warm up and was replaced at the last minute by Peniket.
The first half was another poor one for the Reds with hardly any threat at all to the Shaymens goal with the veteran Matty Glennon between the sticks. A flurry of corners for both sides was the main feature of the first fifteen minutes of the game but without any real threat of a goal for either side with Callum Gittings coming the closest with a header that Glennon tipped over the bar.
Halifax' first attempt on goal came from defender Steve Williams but his header, collected by Danny Lewis, would have been offside if it had gone in anyway. Williams had a shot go wide a few minutes later and then they scored.
The goal seemed to come from nowhere. Maynard suddenly snapped a shot towards goal but Lewis was slightly too late in seeing it as it flashed between our keeper and his post. A few minutes later and the hosts had gone 2-0 up but not before we went close to equalising when Jared Hodgkiss sent a tempting ball across the face of the goal but with no one available, or able, to put a foot out and divert it in.
The killer goal came from a mistake by defender Chey Dunkley when he lazily headed an innocuous ball back towards Lewis without getting any kind of power on it. Peniket spotted his chance and rounded Lewis to send the ball goalwards. Jamie Grimes managed to get back in an attempt to block it but couldn't quite make it. 2-0.
Following that goal there was very little of note from either side and the teams went in for the break with the Harriers fans hoping that there might be a re-run of last Saturdays half time recovery at Barnet when we went into the break 3-0 down to force a 3-3 draw by the end of the game.