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On This Day: Kidderminster Harriers 1 v 4 Macclesfield Town

20 March 2020

Sixteen years ago today, The Silkmen travelled to Aggborough to face Kidderminster Harriers as John Askey's side fought to preserve their EFL status.
 
Macc had only registered two away wins all season going into the game and faced an in-form Harriers side who had eased the pressure on Jan Molby during the preceding weeks.
 
That said, it was Askey's side who started the game in the ascendancy and despite the blustery conditions, took the game to the hosts right from the off.
 
With just four minutes on the clock, the deadlock was broken when Matthew Tipton was bundled over in the box by future Silkmen manager Mark Yates and after picking himself up, he coolly despatched the resultant penalty.
 
This acted as a catalyst for Askey's side, who launched long periods of unrelenting pressure on the Harriers goal.
 
Our lead was to be doubled just before the half-hour mark, when Paul Harsley's menacing cross was headed home at the back post by Martin Carruthers.
 
Eight minutes later and Macc had a third. A flowing Silkmen move ended when Paul Harsley's low drive was deflected into the back of the net by a Kidderminster defender, as Askey's side gained just-reward for their dominance.
 
With Macc playing against the wind during the second period, the tempo of the game was diluted somewhat after the interval.
 
Matthew Tipton was able to claim his sixteenth goal of the season in the 78th minute however and six minutes from time, the hosts claimed a consolation strike when substitute Scott Rickards scored his first goal for the hosts.

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