The Harriers came back down to earth with a bang tonight with this 2-1 home defeat to Brackley a stark contrast to the 6-1 drubbing that we gave to Curzon on Saturday. Then we played with a fluency and skill that belied our level of National League North football but against Brackley all that had disappeared and we struggled at times to put two passes together, looked bereft of ideas and only tested the goalkeeper once in the first eighty minutes of the game.
With the Harriers manager John Eustace continuing with the same team that beat Curzon it was a somewhat strange opening period. The fans expectancy was high but that didn't last long as the cracks began to show and Brackley showed us how to play football at this level and it was far from pretty. The officials didn't help matters much either with some strange decisions throughout the game including a crunching, two footed tackle on James McQuilkin only earned a yellow card for Adam Walker yet a naive and weak challenge by Jordan Tunnicliffe just inside the box earned the visitors a penalty.
The ex Nuneaton man James Armson dispatched the ball beyond the grasp of Sam Hornby to give his side the lead.
We tried to respond but we just couldn't seem to get a clear sight of goal or was it that we wanted too much time and would rather try and walk the ball in. Elton N'Gwatala and Arthur Gnahoua were both guilty of that and Emmanuel Dieseruvwe often found himself out of touch with some of the crosses being put in to do much with them.
At the break it was Brackley that went in with the smile on their faces and the Harriers that trudged off wondering why our free flowing football wasn't working against a massed defence.