Reds held at home by battling Kidderminster

Alfreton Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Blue Square Bet Premier’s basement club Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, despite taking a 29th minute lead.

Still without a win, the visitors belied their lowly position to merit a share of the spoils, while the Reds had to balance missed chances with a string of outstanding saves from keeper Jon Stewart in a lively encounter.

Just 20 seconds had elapsed when Nathan Arnold was presented with the first of those opportunities after a wicked deflection off defender Josh Gowling from an Anthony Wilson cross had sat up invitingly for him, but keeper Nathan Vaughan parried his shot.

Leigh Franks then attempted an overhead kick from a Josh Law corner which was held by Vaughan. A 20 yard free-kick from Law found a gap in the wall but could not beat the alert Vaughan soon after.

Dan Bradley’s shot from 15 yards deflected off Gittings from a 27th minute Law corner, but two minutes later Bradley steered the ball past Vaughan from eight yards for his third goal in as many games.

Harriers drew level on 65 minutes when Malbon curled Blissett’s cross past Stewart from 12 yards, then a belter from Anton Brown took the slightest deflection to take it safely behind off a Kidderminster defender.

Another Stewart save denied Malbon, then Simon Russell shied at goal but his effort was saved by Vaughan.