Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster, DY10 1NB
Main Stand: C & S Solicitors Stand
Pretty much where everything happens at the club. Outside, you can access the club offices, shop and their very own bar/pub, Harriers Arms. Once inside, the viewing is from a covered seating, mainly unreserved, stand, at the rear are the executive boxes/suites and the players tunnel brings the teams out on the halfway line with the dugouts on either side.
This is where I choose to sit, my ticket costing £16, though if you buy online like I did, you pay an additional £1.68 for the privilege of printing on your own paper at home.
Where the Harriers faithful and Ultras stand. Covered terracing with free atmosphere from the singing, drum banging home fans. Entry is £14, unable to buy online.
Outside at the junction with the East Stand is the Supporters Social Club.
East Stand: Hire It Stand
Another covered seating stand which is shared with the Away fans who have a couple of blocks of seats at the southern end of the stand. Weirdly, access to this stand is right at the back of the North Stand.
As with the Main Stand, entry is £16, unfortunately the £17.68 option online is not available.
On my visit this was unused, apart from a few Harrogate Town flags, similar in structure to the North Stand, this is currently only used when the away club bring a larger number of fans. If they do, they will pay £14 for the privilege of cheering on their heroes.
At most it is half a mile from the train station, exiting to the north, turn left heading into the town centre, if unlike me you manage to make it past the excellent Captain Cod’s Fish Bar then take your next left and just keep going, 10 minutes at a stroll.
My Ground #: 221
Female Officials: 1
Red Cards: 0
Kidderminster Harriers & Harrogate Town
17/02/18 – Kidderminster Harriers 0 Harrogate Town 2
17 February 2018
Kidderminster Harriers 0 Harrogate Town 2
Vanarama National League North
The hosts came into this fixture unbeaten for 17 league games stretching back to September, including a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture with today’s opponents. In 4th place in the league, whilst they may struggle to catch the leaders Salford City, a play-off place is surely the minimum expectations at Aggborough.
Town, are recovering from a mid-January stumble with defeats at Nuneaton Town and Salford City. Currently going toe to toe with Salford City for the title, though both need to keep an eye on Brackley Town who are hanging on to their shirt-tails. Harrogate are the league’s leading goalscorers and came into this game in second place, this could only change if Salford City didn’t win and Town did, giving them top spot.
Following a minute’s silence for a couple of club stalwarts who had recently passed away we got underway bathed in a very strange thing. Yes, sunlight. Ah, the memory of days watching football in the dry.
The pattern of the game was set quite early on, with the battle between the two teams happening in-between the penalty areas, it was certainly an afternoon for the midfielders to earn their corn. Throughout the 90 minutes chances were at a premium and the main difference at the end was the quality of finishing.
First to nearly strike were the visitors, Leesley’s free-kick strike took a huge deflection and looked to be looping in, but landed on top of the net, quickly followed by a long range effort from Ngwatala fizzed wide it was the Town who took the lead on the quarter of an hour mark. Leesley firing home from an angle, beating Flatt with his effort going in off the bar, the winger looked like he had a point to make with his celebration, running straight at the Harriers bench.
Harrogate were now in control, and for 15 minutes or so did not look like they were going to lose their advantage. That all changed on the half hour mark, Harriers won a free-kick 25 yards out. Smashed at goal by McQuilkin, it crashed down off the underside of the bar, my first thought was it had crossed the line, however, the ball bounced up and was looping in the air, Ironside won the race and nodded home past Belshaw, only for the assistant to be flagging that the striker was offside when the free-kick was taken. The home fans were not happy.
Half-Time: Kidderminster Harriers 0 Harrogate Town 1
A minute into the second period and the visitors were 2-0 up. Knowles turning on the edge of the box in space and placing his short into the far bottom corner, his effort seemed to take an age to go in, Flatts dive unable to stop the effort.
That was pretty much game over. Harrogate controlled the game, yes Kidderminster had chances, but most were at best half chances and you got the feeling that if they did score then Town would go down the other end and pop another in.
As the pressure was ramped up in the last 15 minutes the Harriers went close a couple of times and even forced Belshaw into the only real save he had to make all afternoon, but as we entered the last 6 or 7 minutes the hosts appeared to realise that the game was over and did not press with the same vigour. In fact at the end, it was nearly 3-0, Flatts nearly dropping a clanger and stopping an effort from Thewlis at the second attempt on the line.
Full-Time: Kidderminster Harriers 0 Harrogate Town 2
Post Match Stats:
750th Away Goal – Leesley (Harrogate Town)
250th Goal of the Season – Knowles (Harrogate Town)
14th Female Official in 470 games, first in 15 games.
209th Clean Sheet – Belshaw (Harrogate Town)
Home: P 1 / W 0 / D 0 / L 1 / F 0 / A 2
Overall: P 3 / W 1 / D 0 / L 2 / F 1 / A 5
Overall: P 6 / W 3 / D 2 / L 1 / F 8 / A 4