The season for the Harriers looks more rosier today after this draw at Halifax under the new regime of head gardener Flowers and hopefully after our game at home to Torquay Utd on Tuesday we'll start to blossom into the team that we should be. Another goal from Gurjit Singh early on gave us hope that we could be heading for our first win of the season but a failure to kick on from that and ensure the points with a second goal came to nothing when the home side pulled a goal back in then second half. We then had to withstand a barrage as they looked to win the game but somehow we managed to hold out until the end.
With the deposed manager, Gary Whild, stood alongside him Tim Flowers didn't have much choice with the team selection after losing Jordan Tunnicliffe with a hamstring pull overnight and Luke Maxwell out for three games due to suspension. He did have the bonus of the long awaited return of Kelvin Langmead to the side following injury and the availability of Calvin Dinsley to start his first game in place of Maxwell. Replacing the temporarily departed Adam Dawson we had Tahvon Campbell ready made to step into his shoes but the bench was looking sparse with what's left of the available squad sitting on it.
The game between the two sides at the very bottom of the table was always going to be a tense affair but it was Halifax looking the more nervous of the two. The Harriers made the most of the running early on and we could have taken an early lead through either of the chances that Reece Styche and Campbell had with the latter just failing to connect with a Styche cross and then the well placed supplier putting his shot wide minutes later.
The goal came soon after though and this time there was no mistake as Aman Verma's pin point cross was met by the head of Singh who sent the ball soaring into the roof of the net. Verma himself had a goal struck off soon after when he put away a header from Langmead but the referee ruled it out for a push on a Halifax player by Langmead. Campbell had a chance to score too but his shot, after evading the tackles of Halifax defenders, went wide of the upright.
Slowly the hosts came back into the game and had a shout for a penalty turned down after CJ Hamilton was deemed by the referee to have made too much of a slight contact by Langmead as he won the ball cleanly from the striker. They should have scored when a cross from Kevin Roberts evaded a ruck of Fax players queuing up in the box to tap it home and then Hamza Bencherif missed an even easier gifted chance when his free header went over the bar from close range and then in the dying seconds of the half David Brooks fired over from outside the box.
The Harriers went into the break holding onto the lead for only the second time this season. Could they hold onto it through the second half or possibly add to it further?