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Harriers 1 Dartford FC 0


Date: 16-08-14gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 1626gif away fans: 61
Storers bullseye beats the Darts

gif Report by Harry Taylor
Kidderminster Harriers' unbeaten run stretched to three games with a 1-0 win over Dartford, with goalkeeper Danny Lewis keeping a clean sheet for the third game in a row not conceding a goal for 270 minutes.

Kyle Storer netted the only goal of the game minutes before half time but the home side struggled in the second allowing Dartford the better of the play, the introduction of Michael Gash for Nathan Blissett disrupting the shape of the team.

It was an unchanged Harriers side from Tuesday night's 3-0 win against bottom-of-the-league Alfreton Town, with Craig Reid partnering Nathan Blissett up top, against a 'Darts' side that featured former Welsh International and Blackburn Rovers' player Jason Brown who kept the score down in the first half as 'the Reds' had the lion's share of possession and play.

Both Harriers' strikers caused Brown problems early on, Reid was unlucky to have a goal disallowed after twelve minutes as he bundled in an effort at the far post after a Storer effort was saved by Brown whilst Blissett's slick turn in the area was slightly too heavy and allowed the ball to run to Brown before he could pull the trigger.  Jack Byrne also went close with an effort that was saved by the outstretched legs of the keeper.

After half a hour we began to sit back a bit and that allowed Dartford to come into the game a bit more without really doing any damage.  The only moment of panic coming when the former Cambridge Utd midfielder, Rory MaCauley bundled an effort against the upright and a scramble ensued to try and clear it back upfield.

Four minutes before half-time Harriers got the lead they deserved when Marvin Johnson made a storming run down the left, cut in and played the ball in for Storer to lash in an effort from twenty yards out, leaving Brown stranded.
  HT: 1 - 0
The second half saw Brown spring into action early on again, diving to block a Reid effort inside the area, with him then saving a Blissett header from a superb curving Nicholson cross.  Blissett came even closer minutes later when his header, from Marvin Johnsons cross, landed on the bar.

Jamie Grimes was introduced for Jack Byrne, and Gash for Blissett as Harriers appeared to try and shore up the side to protect their lead.  However Gash came too deep in an attempt to win the ball, often leaving Reid isolated, which meant the home side were unable to hold on to possession late into the game, inviting the visitors onto them.

Yet despite all the pressure in the latter stages of the second half Dartford were unable to find an equaliser and Danny Lewis was left relatively untroubled, an organised Harriers' defence staying resolute.

Even after three games, the victory has propelled Harriers up to fifth in the table with seven points and are the only side yet to concede a goal.  And as the Kidderminster Shuttle pointed out this evening, this is the best start to a season since 1990-91 and long may it continue.
  FT: 1 - 0

 Goals for Harriers: Storer 41

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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Dartford FC  goals   subs   cards 
Lewis     Brown  
Hodgkiss     Collier  
Nicholson     A Green  
Storer gif     McCauley  
Gowling     E Bradbrook  
Gowling     Cornhill  
Byrne gif     Mitchell-King  
Johnson gif     Sweeney gif  
Blissett gif     Daley gif  
Reid     Pugh  
Verma   Crawford gif  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Singh     Ibrahim  
Gash gif - 73     Hayes gif - 64  
Styche     Noble  
Grimes gif - 70     Harris gif - 73  
Gittings gif - 85     T Bradbrook gif - 63  

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