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Date: 01-01-12gif Venue: The New Lawngif att: 1542gif away fans: 437
Harriers leave it late again, very late

gif Report by Harry Taylor
Kidderminster Harriers played the return game of the Boxing Day/New Year's fixture couplet away at the New Lawn as they faced Forest Green Rovers.  Harriers saw James Vincent replace Jack Byrne in the side but were otherwise unchanged.  For Forest Green impressive defender Eddie Oshodi slotted back into the heart of defence and Charlie Griffin started up front.

The home side started the brightest and seemed to attack with great pace on the counter attack with Charlie Griffin providing a fulcrum for their attacks and Yan Klukowski looking dangerous surging forward from midfield, as was Kieron Forbes.  The first chance went the way of the home side with Matt Taylor heading wide of the far post after a cross from the right hand side and following this James Norwood hit the post with another header.

Harriers were trying to get into the game and Lee Hendrie's volley on the turn flashed wide of James Bittners goal but it was a signal of intent from Harriers and minutes later Vincent hit a drive which Bittner had trouble getting his hands around.  Despite this attempt to get into the game the Harriers were to go behind to a fine finish from Klukowski.

Chris Stokes crossed the ball in from the left, Klukowski flicked the ball around Luke Jones before lashing in a powerful volley past the flapping Tony Breeden who was left with no chance.

Aside from a few long range efforts the Harriers created few chances in the first half, mainly because they weren't playing well.  Kyle Storer was having another poor game following his one against Forest Green on Boxing Day.  His positional sense was poor and his passing left something to be desired.

Dave Hankin on the right wing couldn't get into the game and created nothing, he kept drifting towards the right wing unbalancing the side completely and allowing Forest Green to then attack down his respective wing on the counter.  If nothing was to change then the Harriers were clearly not going to get anything out of the game.
  HT: 1 - 0
The second half did see the Reds start better and more brightly with Nick Wright being introduced in place of James Vincent and Steve Guinan brought on in place of Dave Hankin to shake things up.  Possession did seem to change to the Harriers favour but the majority of it was wasted as they were chasing the game yet the play seemed to go sidewards and backwards from which chances will not be created.  Lee Hendrie was often the furthest forward midfielder yet often played with his back to goal and Jamille Matt, although playing well, often did not make the runs that he should have.

As the seventy minute mark approached Wright curled a ball over the bar after some good interplay between him and Matt on the edge of the Forest Green area but still the Harriers were yet to force Bittner into any form of decent save.  Hendrie then sent over a free kick which a sprawling keeper tipped round the post but still it was something that didn't test the former Salisbury man all too much.

However Bittner was nearly at fault for an equaliser after a ball over the top of the Forest Green defence saw him race out of his goal to meet Matt who got a leg to the ball.  It seemed to bounce towards goal but it fell just wide of the near post, agonisingly so for the superb support of 437 fans that the Harriers took to the Gloucestershire club.

Kidderminster were, undeservedly, to get their equaliser in the dying moments of the game.  Micky Demetriou sent over a cross from the left which Jamile Matt rose with alongside Bittner and headed the ball towards goal.  It was made safe by Steve Guinan but who got the final touch is unclear.

Either way it was a vital point for the Harriers in the race for the play-offs and we are now level on points with York City who also scored a last minute equaliser to save face at home to Mansfield Town.

Hayes and Yeading are next at Aggborough on Saturday and another game we should be winning if we are to maintain our push for the playoffs.  Although once again we will need to play far better to be certain of attaining all three points.
  FT: 1 - 1

 Goal for Forest Green: Klukowski 35
 Goal for Harriers: Matt 90


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Forest Green Rovers  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Bittner     Breeden  
Hodgkiss     L Vaughan  
Stokes     Demetriou  
Oshodi     Jones  
Turley     Sharpe  
Thomson     Storer  
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Klukowski     Vincent gif  
Taylor gif     Matt  
Griffin     Hendrie  
Forbes     Gittings gif  
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Bulman     Lyness  
Graham gif     Marc Williams gif  
Turk     Mike Williams  
Allen     Wright gif  
Uwezu gif     Guinan gif  

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