Being based in Worcester at university gives me and excellent chance to get a look at some of the local football teams around here, as well as the ones that I am used to back in Brum.
Apart from Worcester City and Hereford FC, Kidderminster Harriers are far the biggest team in Worcestershire.
When Luke Maxwell signed for Birmingham City I already knew the name quite well. The locals raved about him at Aggborough and those who I spoke to about him seemed pretty sure he could go onto bigger and better things.
Most weren’t annoyed or frustrated when the youngster made a move to Blues- they understood and knew he could perform at this level if not now, in a few years time. They were delighted to have him back and last night, he showed why.
For those that don’t know the Vanarama Conference that well, Kidderminster are struggling. Before last night they were well-and-truly bottom of the league and looking more and more doomed as the weeks go by.
Managerial appointments have come thick-and-fast for the Harriers and all-in-all it hasn’t been the best season.
But Maxwell’s emergence and then loan signing is a definite plus for the strugglers. He picked a good time to score his first goal for the club yesterday, striking a fine effort past keeper Michael Poke from just inside the area.
He contributed in the Harriers’ next goal too with a drive forcing the keeper into a good save before Harry White tapped home the rebound to put the Harriers 2-0 up.
James Constable added a brace for Eastleigh, (who had a decent run in the FA cup earlier this season) before Arthur Gnahoua grabbed a much-needed winner.
But the night belonged to Maxwell who showed fantastic close-control and passing all evening and also the ability to get stuck-in.
His manager and former Blues player Colin Gordon was also delighted with the sitting-midfielders performance on the evening.
“He’s getting better and better and I’m delighted Birmingham allowed us to have him back.
“I always felt that Luke could be better than what he was showing. I think he was bought on potential, but I think people now will take him on what he is already, let alone what he might become,” a noticeably impressed Gordon said.
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