The Harriers came back from the dead at Alfreton today when poor defending allowed the hosts to surge into a 3-0 half time lead but then completely turned it all around after the break with what looked to be inspired substitutions. Liam Truslove and Andre Brown came on for the second half and it was the three goals between them that allowed us to take well earned - by the final whistle - point. It could so easily have been all three if Keith Lowe and Brown had driven home the chances they had at the end.
James McQuilkin returned to the side following his one game missing with a slight hamstring strain. He replaced Ashley Carter in the starting eleven with Carter dropping to sit with the usual faces on the bench. Alfreton were without the two former Harriers in their side with Evan Garnett having joined Buxton on loan while Dan Bradley was transferred to AFC Fylde during the week.
The first goal came just seconds after the start with many Harriers fans missing seeing it as they were making their way to the other end of the Impact 'Arena'. They had already had a corner awarded to them that was cleared but only to the edge of the area where it crossed back into the mix for Craig Westcarr to rifle home through a bunch of Harriers defenders.
Seven minutes later and the fans looked on in shock as Alfreton surged into a two goal lead after the lanky Tom Allan powered home a free header from another corner. This felt un-believable to be watching a team that had rattled ten goals past Tamworth last week and now we were sat looking at two goals going past us without even ten minutes on the clock.
During and after those goals we did actually look good passing the ball around but as in previous games losing out on the edge of the oppositions goal. Twenty minutes in and we got our first shot on target when Tyrell Waite forced the ex Torquay keeper, Fabian Spiess, to push away while Elton N'Gwatala and Arthur Gnahoua both sent weak shots hopelessly wide. Our best chance fell for the returning McQuilkin but he sent his shot just over the bar after making room for himself on the corner of the area.
That miss re-bounded on us straight away as the long kick from Spiess up to the other end of the pitch was collected by Keith Lowe but then hesitancy on the ball saw him robbed of it by Adam Priestley who fired the ball home from the edge of the area.
Now we know how it feels to be a Tamworth supporter.