Harriers Dominate, Miss Another Chance: FC United 1-0 Harriers
Harriers dominated the game on their first-ever visit to FC United but one mistake cost them the game.
John Eustace made a number of changes to the team that had lost disappointingly at Brackley in midweek; Sam Hornby returned from injury for his first appearance since Boxing Day, Darryl Knights returned in place of the injured Elton Ngwatala and Josh Ezewele started instead of Tyrone Williams.
The first half was evenly contested, the teams cancelling each other out for the most part. Harriers nearly took the lead when Andre Brown's pull back from the byline on the right hit United defender Zac Corbett and went just wide of the near post for a corner.
The breakthrough came for United on 24 minutes; Knights had possession in the middle of the field and made a terrible pass that went straight to George Thomson who had a clear run at goal before slotting his shot past Hornby.
Harriers could have drawn level before the break when Ezewele's cut-back from the right found Arthur Gnahoua but the Harriers leading scorer saw his shot saved by United's Man-of-the-Match Dave Carnell.
After the break Harriers took control of the game, ultimate enjoying nearly three quarters of the possession, but could not break down the resolute home defence. It was the home side, though, who came close to scoring first; a good passing move through the middle set Thomson up in good position but his shot was saved by Hornby.
At the other end Harriers created a number of good openings; James McQuilkin and substitute Sam Austin combined on the right just past the hour with Austin crossing to the far post where fellow sub Liam Truslove shot just wide. When Harriers did breach the defence they found Carnell in the way, receiving a pass from the right Gnahoua hit a shot that took a deflection that the keeper did well to keep out.
When United did get out of their half they looked dangerous and should have doubled their advantage 13 minutes from time; Thomson's corner from the left found the head of Jason Gilchrist but his effort was cleared off the line by Ryan Croasdale.
In the last minute Gnahoua was denied once again by Carnell; Austin made a strong run on the left before pulling the ball back to the striker on the edge of the area, his low shot was seen late by the keeper who did well diving to his right to keep it out and condemn Harriers to a fourth consecutive away defeat.