With the chance to move back into second place in the race for the title the Harriers slipped up yet again on the road and came away with nothing to show for their efforts. Two late goals for substitute David Moyo clinched the points for mid table Brackley and left our fans wondering when we'll ever see the Harriers win away from home again this season. Our last win on the road came thirteen weeks ago at Bradford at the start of December and since then we have only scored once away from home (at Chorley last week) and we are desperately crying out for new ideas upfront.
As against Stockport on Saturday we started with the same line-up with just the one change on the bench. Mani Dieseruvwe returned from injury in place of Josh Ezewele to give us at least one striker available to us from the bench.
In drenching wet conditions the game got underway with the Harriers looking the more likely to score. Arthur Gnahoua tested the keeper with a shot straight at him and saved easily enough while ten minutes in Andre Brown tried an acrobatic overhead kick that went narrowly over Laurie Walkers crossbar. The game went quiet following that and Town just seemed content to contain us while we passed the ball around to no final product.
The Harriers were forced into making an early change when Darryl Knights was sent on in place of Elton N'Gwatala after he had injured his shoulder earlier. Reports following the game suggested that Elton had been taken to hospital.
Brackley had a couple of slight chances to score when Glenn Walker (one of three Walkers playing for the hosts) saw his free kick fall for another Walker, Adam, but his shot was cleared to safety and then three minutes later James Armsons shot went just wide. It took seven minutes before the break when we saw the Harriers come to life.
We were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area and in a training ground routine the ball was passed from one player to another until it reached Tyrell Waite who finally took a pop at the goal but then watched as it hit first one upright and then the other before being cleared away by a Town defender. Waite again went close to opening the scoring a minute later when his volley went just wide of the target.
A minute before the whistle was raised for half time James McQuilkin also came close to scoring when he drove the ball at Laurie Walker from twenty yards out forcing the keeper to push the ball away.