Defeat For Ten-Man Harriers: FC Halifax Town 2-0 Harriers
Tyrone Williams was sent off as Harriers slipped to defeat at promotion rivals Halifax.
Tasting defeat in back-to-back games for the first time since March - and failing to score in consecutive games for the first time since February - Harriers were not at their best, possibly suffering a hangover from the previous weekend's FA Cup defeat at Blackpool.
The match was quite dour with little goalmouth action, disappointing really for a game between teams so high in the league. The referee made things hard for himself, tough, issuing three yellow cards in the first eleven minutes leaving the players treading on eggshells for the rest of the game.
There were 26 minutes on the clock before Harriers opened up the home defence; Elton Ngwatala found Ashley Carter on the left wing, his cross to the far post was just ahead of Mani Dieseruvwe but did take a deflection on the way through and earn a corner.
The game came to life early in the second half; Carter was adjudged to have brought down Matty Kosylo in the penalty area and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Sm Hornby did well to dive to his left to keep out Liam King's spot-kick but as the home side retrieved the ball on the right wing Harriers switched off and Kosylo was able to drive a low shot from 20-yards into the back of the net.
In the 53rd minute Williams, who had been one of the three players booked in the opening minutes, clumsily brought down Josh Wilde and was shown a second yellow card and sent-off.
Harriers struggled to break down the home defence and it took them until 15 minutes from the end to manage their first on-target goal attempt; substitute Liam Truslove firing straight at Steven Drench in the home goal from 25 yards out.
With Harriers throwing everybody forward in search of an equaliser in stoppage time they were caught out by a swift counter-attack; former Harrier Richard Peniket racing away on the left to score a second goal to make the result safe for the home side.