The Harriers returned from a rain sodden Wrexham tonight with a battling draw that now gives us a three match unbeaten run but still with no movement up the table although the gap is closing quietly. We'll have a chance to close the gap further on Saturday with the visit of AFC Wimbledon.
For tonight's game there was just one change to the side that won at Kettering on Saturday and Darryl Knights dropped to the bench in favour of David McDermott. Maccy D had a cracker of a game when he came on at the start of the second half at Kettering and the Harriers manager Mark Yates decided that warranted giving him a start.
On the bench was Lee Baker following the end of his three game ban. Again Danny Andrew was given the nod over the first choice full back until an injury to the on loan player at the start of the second half saw Baker come on.
Following a cautious start from both sides it was the Harriers who were the first to get the sparse crowd going. The Wrexham keeper, Maxwell, tipped over Brian Smikle's header but then the referee gave a goal kick in the home sides favour. No surprise there really because Mr Wrigglesworth was the one that sent off Robbie Matthews against Luton for jumping over their goalkeeper.
Matthews himself headed over soon after but the home side were now starting to stamp their authority on the game and chances became scarce for the Harriers. We did get a chance from a free kick following a foul by Chris Smith on Dean Bennett but Andrew curled the kick over the bar. Smith was booked for the initial challenge.
Wrexham followed up with their first real attempt on goal when Marc Williams' shot was superbly saved by the Harriers keeper, Dean Coleman. The action then went straight back down the other end of the pitch and Matt Barnes-Homer missed a fabulous chance to open the scoring when he somehow put the ball over the bar from a few yards out after Maxwell had palmed McDermott's strike straight into the centre forwards path. Seconds later the scoring was opened but for the wrong side.
Wrexham were awarded a free kick, against Martin Riley, outside the area and the ball was played across to an un-marked Mike Williams to slide in on the mud and prod the ball into the net at the far post. The goal had been coming for a while but it wasn't good to have it come from a series of defensive errors.
We countered the goal with another great chance coming the way of MBH when his long range shot was dropped by Maxwell but with no one around to follow up the chance was gone. Not so the next chance.
A long ball was played upfield on the break by Gavin Caines onto the head of Matthews. He knocked it back for Brian Smikle and his shot from the edge of the area whistled into the net to draw us back level.
The equality didn't last long. More poor defending from the Harriers gave Wrexham the lead once more and it was Mike Williams again who scored the goal. A corner from Wes Baynes came over and, with all our defence rooted to the spot, Williams came in and headed it into the net.
To our credit we still didn't give up and Smikle again had a decent chance to add to his tally but his shot was straight at Maxwell. Again some more sloppy goal keeping could have given us some reward from Smikle's shot because instead of collecting the ball safely maxwell again opted to just push the ball away and this time straight into the path of MBH. Luckily for Maxwell Curtis Obeng was on the line to rescue his team mate.
With the clock running down to the break we again drew level.
This time the equalising goal came from Chris McPhee and this time it was McDermott that set it up. He slipped slightly on the wet grass but managed to regain his balance enough to strike the ball goalwards for Maxwell again to make a hash of it when he parried it this time towards Matthews who then played the ball on for the Harriers captain to slot the ball under the hapless Dragons keeper.