Setback For Harriers: Chorley 2-1 Harriers
Harriers were not at their best as they were beaten by promotion rivals Chorley at Victory Park.
Defensive mistakes and poor finishing from Harriers gifted the points to a resolute Chorley side, allowing Salford to leapfrog over them in the league and Chorley to close the gap behind.
Harriers started the game quite brightly on a bumpy surface that made it very difficult for them to play their normal game. In the opening couple of minutes Harriers won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area but James McQuilkin's shot was charged down.
The home side took the lead out of the blue in the eighth minute; Harriers were slow to close down Jack Sampson in the penalty area who lofted the ball over the head of Alex Palmer and just inside the far post. Harriers hit back quickly; McQuilkin's corner from the right found Jordan Tunnicliffe who saw his header blocked, Chorley didn't clear properly and McQuilkin was able to return the ball into the area where Tunnicliffe headed wide across goal.
Chorley should have doubled their advantage on 26 minutes when Matt Challoner's cross from the right found an unmarked Marcus Carver in the penalty area but he volleyed over the bar.
After the break Chorley needed just four minutes to double their advantage; Palmer played the ball out short to Ryan Croasdale who was slow in turning and closed down quickly by Jake Cottrell who stole the ball away and slotted it into the bottom corner.
Harriers pressed for a way back into the game but couldn't break down the second-best defence in the league and test Ritchie Branagan in the home goal. Eventually, though, they made a breakthrough, Liam Truslove's pass set Arthur Gnahoua away on the left, his low cross was poked home at the near post by Andre Brown for his tenth goal of the season.
Now that they had a lifeline Harriers looked the stronger side and should have levelled the scores with twelve minutes remaining; McQuilkin's run and cross on the left found an unmarked Truslove who headed over the ba.
Two minutes from time Truslove set up Elton Ngwatala who saw his shot curl away from the target and go narrowly wide and then deep into stoppage time McQuilkin's corner from the right was headed wide of the far post by Palmer who had joined the attack in a last attempt to get something from the game.