On a sunny, but cool, end of season afternoon the Harriers played their final home game of the 2015/2016 campaign and entertained one of the surprise packages, promotion chasing Dover Athletic.
The strength of the Dover side was reflected however in the fact that ex Harrier Jamie Grimes could only make their subs bench - a player who was first on the Harriers team list in the 2014/2015 campaign. For Harriers the starting eleven selection again gave a hint of who the club would be seeking to retain for the 2016/2017 season. No sign of Gaz Singh and club captain Jared Hodgkiss again sitting out the game on the bench.
Both teams started brightly. First out of blocks was Lewis Kinsella who set off on a slalom style run only for his shot to be well held by the visitor's keeper. At the other end Ricky Modeste was also through on goal but in turn a good save was pulled off by the home stopper Dean Snedker. In the eighth minute Stefan Payne had a chance for the away team to take the lead but once more Snedker was good to the task.
What was turning out to be a good quality entertaining game then produced a goal for the Carpetmen. A well flighted Ben Whitfield corner was met by the prowling Keith Lowe who nodded down in text book style to enable Harriers to take the lead. Harriers 1 Dover 0.
The fixture continued to produce chances for both teams. On nineteen minutes Nick Deverdics took a left footed free kick which sailed just wide of Snedker's left hand posted with the goalkeeper completely leaden footed and on the half hour mark another header from Lowe was just off target for the home side.
They say that it is always a difficult blow to take when the opposition score on the stroke of half time. Well that was a blow that Colin Gordon's charges had to endure as the Harriers failed to clear in the forty fifth minute and Ricky Miller nipped in to lob Snedker.
Snedker's biggest weakness is probably his ability to judge when to come to collect the ball and when not to do so. Again and again he gets lobbed or does not seem to take the ball when he should do so. Something to work on in the summer if he stays with the club no doubt.