Kidderminster Harriers 2 – 1 York City
First things first: the food at Kidderminster’s Aggborough stadium is outstanding.
The usual footy fayre is of course burgers, hot dogs, pasties et al, and all those are available if you like tradition. But at Aggborough, they also go way beyond that. Trays of chilli, award-winning cottage pie, the famous Aggborough soup… it’s worth visiting for its culinary delights alone.
I chose the Aggborough soup, having read about it online, and being intrigued to discover just why it’s so famous. Now I know this is beginning to read more like a foody blog than a footy blog, but it’s worth mentioning as part of the overall match day experience. It has a flavour which I couldn’t nail down; a spicy, warming element to its thin broth before the onslaught of meat, veg, potatoes and pasta awaits you at the bottom of your cup, which requires the spoon you’re provided with. Superb stuff. I think I’ll try the famous cottage pie when I return in January for the 2nd Round tie with Stockport.
And that brings me back to the footy.
Kiddy beat my FA Trophy Quest team – and the current FA Trophy holders – York City in the tournament’s first round, with two quick-fire goals from James Pearson and Emmanuel Sonupe in the 35th and 36th minutes respectively. Pearson’s goal was a simple affair – the defender following up on Ryan Crossdale’s saved shot. The second, however, had a stroke of good fortune about it. Sonupe raced onto a through ball and pulled the trigger at the same time as he was tackled by a City defender. But he got the rub of the green as the ball was diverted goalwards beyond the onrushing keeper.
York made a game of it when Amari Morgan-Smith curled a superb effort beyond Harrier’s keeper Brandon Hall from wide of the penalty area right into the corner with around 10 minutes to play.
That goal set up a frantic finish, and York will be wondering just how they failed to secure a replay, as Jon Parkin’s half volley was tipped over the bar in one of many City attempts to take the tie back to Bootham Crescent.
But alas, they couldn’t force their way past the Kiddy defence so it’s Harriers whom I follow into round 2.
Stockport County are the visitors next, another team from the same league. So it should be another even affair.
I’ll report back on just how good that famous cottage pie is.
Pics from the game