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Date: 27-09-11gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 1807gif away fans: 133
Harriers pay the price

gif Report by Arno Bryant & Steve Williams
Even an inspiring performance from Nick Wright couldn't help 10-man Harriers tonight as they were forced to settle for a one-all draw against Grimsby Town.   The start of the game saw fans delighted about having a game on the TV, hoping that the highest scoring team of the league could repeat more of the same, although it wasn't to be.

The Harriers started the better and the first chance came from an intricate pass from Kyle Storer, which led to Jamille Matt forcing a save out of the Grimsby 'keeper James McKeown.

It was moments later, on fifteen minutes, when the Harriers took the lead and it was Nick Wright who scored the goal for the men in red.  After capitalising on open play in the midfield he pounced and ran with the ball round a couple of defenders and unleashed a lovely finish beyond the Grimsby stopper.

Although Grimsby were quick to try and get back in the game, through a shot by Michael Coulson who forced a fine one handed save from Danny Lewis, the Harriers were still piling the pressure on the Grimsby defence.  Nick Wright had two further chances to double his own and Harriers goal tally.  First through a shot from a great Callum Gittings through ball, which went wide, and then a long range effort which just flew past the post.  He was on fire tonight.

Kyle Storer was then awarded his first yellow card, for what can only be described as "a vicious challenge on the ball", but the resulting free kick didn't trouble Danny Lewis as it went past the wall and the post.

Danny had to be on his toes when he made a terrific double save, firstly from Rob Duffy, whose shot was parried to troublesome midfielder Coulson whose close range shot resulted in a corner via an outstretched Danny Lewis glove.

Harriers then started to play out the half with Wright and Jack Byrne showing touches of class.  It was the latter who was involved in a one on one with the Grimsby keeper, McKeown, just before the end of the half when a throw in led to a Jamille Matt shot that deflected off a defender.  It fell to the feet of Jack Byrne but his shot was seen round the post by McKeown.
  HT: 1 - 0
Grimsby started the second half the better and had two chances in five minutes.  The first of which was a well worked move down the right side, but an easy save for Danny Lewis, and the second a hooked effort from deep inside the box but Danny saw it was over the bar and left it.

Grimsby kept the pressure going though but, apart from a few rudimentary saves by Danny Lewis, they failed to really stretch the Harriers goalkeeper until a shot from Serge Mafoko that just crept to the left of the goal.

Grimsby's pressure was short lived when Gittings layed a few chances to Jamille Matt.  First through a free kick which resulted in a header going just wide and then a cross that saw Matt's header going straight into the keepers arms.  The better of the chances came when Gittings played a simple pass to Matt's feet and he darted to his left only for his shot to be saved.

Grimsby then started to add more pressure on the Harriers back line with shots flying everywhere, only to be blocked or cleared, but it was a Harriers counter attack which caught the eye when Lewis set Lee Vaughan off for a run down the   He then crossed in and it was missed by everyone but Gittings couldn't do anything with it when he picked it up on the left hand side.

Then there was drama at Aggborough when Kyle Storer received his second yellow card for bringing down a Grimsby player.  Although they were both soft yellow cards the second was a challenge he shouldn't have made and payed the ultimate price.

Grimsby then made the most of having an extra man for ten minutes and created some good chances.  The first of which was a quickly worked free kick following a Lee Vaughan foul but the header was wide from Mafoko.  Vaughan was then hailed for an inspired block after a shot that was destined to go in.

Grimsby were awarded a soft free kick in a dangerous area which Duffy took and saw it deflected wide off the wall.  The visitors were now trying their all to get a goal in the dying embers of the game with frustration being shown when their fullback Anthony Church shoved a ball boy off his seat.  The referee was conveniently looking the other way.

Deep within the four minutes of added time Grimsby were to get their wish when a ball in from the left side found the foot of substitute Anthony Elding for an easy tap-in.  It spelt heart-break for the Harriers and their fans after seeing too many missed chances and then a late equaliser.

Although they looked for a long time to be getting all three points, which would have seen them go back into the play-off places, they have to wait until the weekend for another chance to go higher up in the league.  Bring on Kettering!
  FT: 1 - 1

 Goal for Harriers: N Wright 16
 Goal for Grimsby: Elding 90


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Harriers  subs   cards      Grimsby Town  subs   cards 
Lewis     McKeown  
Vaughan     Pearson  
Mike Williams     Ridley  
Jones     Church  
Sharpe     Kempson  
Storer   I'Anson gif  
Gittings   Coulson  
N Wright gif     Disley  
Matt gif     Duffy
Medley gif     Makofo
Byrne     Artus gif  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Lyness     Silk gif  
T Wright gif     Garner  
Phelan gif     Thanoj  
Briscoe     Elding gif  
Marc Williams gif     Eagle  

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