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Date: 09-02-13gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 1949gif away fans: 230
Slick Harriers see off a tough Cambridge

gif Report by Steve Williams
The Harriers play-off push continued after a 3-2 triumph over Cambridge Utd helped the Reds capitalise on dropped points from Luton, Forest Green and Newport.  The victory pushed us up into fourth place in the League but it could so easily have been third place if we hadn't given away a needless last minute goal to Utd.  That goal kept us on the same goal difference as FGR and proves the point that you should always try to kill the game properly and not sit back to let them score.

Despite the flattering score line for the Harriers it was Cambridge who started the brighter.  Michael Gash pulled the Cambridge front line forward in the opening seconds and Rossi Jarvis' shot tested the quick-to-react Danny Lewis.

The Harriers took some time to find their stride on the below par, sticky playing surface but took the lead on twenty five minutes.  After Kyle Storers in-swinging corner found its way back to the midfielder's feet, he played through to Anthony Malbon whose shot took a deflection straight to Chey Dunkleys feet.  The half-back hit it home to send the Reds into a lead they would not surrender.

Great work up front cut the Cambridge defence open to leave a gap for on-loan striker Amari Morgan-Smith to test United keeper Craig Ross' resolve.  Unfortunately his shot was more fitting for the Six Nations.

Cambridge then looked to reply through Harrison Dunk.  He curved his shot from the edge of the area just wide.  However, moments later the Carpet Men's lead was doubled.

Storer received the ball in the centre of the park and placed a cutting pass through the United defence to find the onrushing Marvin Johnson.  He outpaced the surrounding players and finished superbly to send Steve Burr's men into an assailing lead.

The game was turned on its head moments later when the lead was halved again thanks to the boot of Josh Gowling.  Ex-Red Tom Shaw was given space for a party in the middle of the park and he picked out Gash who headed it across the face of goal but unfortunately the solid Gowling slipped while attempting the clearance and the ball trickled into the back of the net.
  HT: 2 - 1
The Harriers started the half as they finished it and got their reward when they regained their two goal advantage with fifty one minutes on the clock.  Mickey Demetriou launched the ball forward with a powerful header and the speedy Anthony Malbon ran on to it and successfully obtained possession.  He powered forward, looked up, made space and finished as cool as ever to remind us of the Malbon of last year, rather than the Malbon of recent times after a now ended sixteen game goal drought.

The Harriers bought Danny Pilkington onto the field of play, to replace January addition Danny Jackman, and he almost made it four soon after the hour mark.  Amari Morgan-Smith slipped Pilkington through the defensive lines but his effort was just turned around the post by 'keeper Ross.

The game grew stale as chances were few and far between as the game pushed on.  With the Reds looking content with the points they kept the ball down and kept the pressure up on Cambridge to stop them mounting a comeback.  Despite this, they did grab a goal back through Gash in the final minutes.  Harrison Dunk pushed forward and crossed in to find big Gash's head and he hammered it past the helpless Lewis.

The game didn't finish as tense as the close score line or the North Stand's whistles suggested because Cambridge failed to mount a real last ditch attack in an effort to draw the game.

The result was vital in the push for our playoff hopes, and may have killed our opponent's hopes.  Mansfield are in a rich vein of form, helped by a humiliating defeat of Barrow, and other teams have games to make up, no one said it was going to be easy, but we are above the magic line now, and we will be tricky to move.
  FT: 3 - 2

 Goals for Harriers: Dunkley 27, Johnson 42, Malbon 51
 Goals for Cambridge: Gowling 43 (og), Gash 89


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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Cambridge Utd  goals   subs   cards 
Lewis     Ross  
L Vaughan   Roberts  
Demetriou     McAuley
Storer     Coulson  
Dunkley gif     Wassmer  
Gowling gif (og)     Shaw gif  
Jackman gif     R Jarvis gif  
Vincent     Berry  
Morgan-Smith gif     Gash gif  
Malbon gif     Hughes  
Johnson gif gif     Dunk  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
L Vaughan     Hedge  
Williams     Hudson  
Pilkington gif     Brighton gif  
Rowe gif     Taylor  
N Jarvis gif     Pugh gif  

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