Even though the Harriers lost this game at Bromley tonight there were still a couple of positives to take from it after yet another chaotic week at Aggborough. The first positive was the tempo at which we played at during the first half with the team eagerly looking to get a long overdue win. The second was the emergence of Jordan Jones as a scoring machine with two goals on his full debut after coming on as a late sub at Halifax and at home to Lincoln last Saturday.
With caretaker manager Colin Gordon in charge for the first time since the dismissal of Gary Whild yesterday it was to be hoped that the new broom would spur the team on to their first win of the season. He made a few changes to the side that lost at home to Lincoln with Luke Maxwell returning to the side following suspension at the the expense of Calvin Dinsley who dropped to the bench while Tahvon Campbell returned in place of Andre Wright. The biggest change, and surprise, was Aman Verma being dropped to the bench in favour of the comparatively unknown Jordan Jones.
Many fans questioned this move at the start of the game but any fears were allayed twenty minutes into the game when Jones scored the first of his brace. We had already come close with Campbell ripping the Bromley defence to shreds and Maxwell sending a chance over the bar but then Kevin Toner played in Gurjit Singh who then sent a low cross into the area. All it needed was the well placed Jones to place the ball home for his first goal for the Harriers.
Bromley could have easily pulled a goal back straight after when the Harriers defence fell asleep at a free kick but thankfully Alex Palmer made a great one handed stop from Moses Emmanuels drive. They continued to try and pull the goal back with some excellent football and now the Harriers began to struggle to cope.
When Jared Hodgkiss gave away a free kick on the edge of the area you could sense that the pressure had told. Louis Dennis took the free kick and bent the ball around the Harriers defenders and Palmer for the equalising goal.
They didn't stop there and had chances to take the lead through the ex Rushden striker Max Porter and Jack Holland while on the stroke of halftime Dennis could have doubled his tally when his angled shot was just short of the goal.
The Harriers went into the break looking much improved on recent displays and we could only hope for more of the same in fifteen minutes time.