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Date: 23-02-16 gif Venue: Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium gif att: 3899 gif away fans: 128
Harriers slump back to the bottom

gif Report: Phil Lench
The Harriers slumped back to the foot of the table this evening after a first half collapse at Wrexham that saw them go down 2-0 after a Kelvin Langmead slip up allowed Kayden Jackson to open the scoring then following it up fifteen minutes later with a scrambled effort that broke the Harriers spirits.  A late second half rally saw the Harriers try to get a consolation goal but the hosts soaked up everything we could muster.

With an un-changed starting line-up to the team that started at home to Chester on Saturday there was just one change on the bench with James McQuilkin coming in for Zaine Francis-Angol.  Wrexham had former Harriers Lee Fowler and Simon Heslop playing for them.

To see we were bad in the first half was an understatement.  We were shockingly bad and unlike recent games where we took control of the first half we hadn't got a clue this time.  Maybe our usual poor second halves would do a swap too and we would run riot.

It took as long as fifteen minutes for the home side to open the scoring when Langmead mis-judged a poor Wrexham ball towards our goal and it slipped under his foot to be pounced on by Jackson.  Langmead tried to recover but he was brushed off as Jackson headed for goal and send the ball into the net with ease.

Wrexham began to carve us open with impunity and it wasn't going to be long until they got their second goal.  A quick corner was played short to Fowler who then sent the ball towards the box and into a ruck of players.  Jackson got a foot to the ball and over the line it went.

The home side backed off a little after that goal but without giving us any room.  Too many of our players were having a bad game and it showed.
  HT: 2 - 0
The Harriers caretaker manager, Colin Gordon, made two substitutions at the beginning of the next forty five minutes.  Off went the below par Ben Whitfield and Luke Maxwell to be replaced by Evan Garnett and James McQuilkin in the hope that fresh legs could spur us on to a second half comeback.

Sadly we wouldn't be given the chance when Jackson almost grabbed his hat trick striking from the edge of the area and forcing a good save from Dean Snedker.  Connor Jennings tried his luck with an effort that went the wrong side of the post and then Wrexham sat back again and invited the Harriers onto them.

We obliged by sending on Omari Patrick for Harry White and then upping our game with a bit more pace.  Arthur Gnahoua found a second breath and surged into action with a run and shot that Rhys Taylor in the Wrexham goal did well to hold on to and then again a few minutes later Gnahoua was off again only to see his on target shot deflected away for a corner by Blaine Hudson.

From the resulting corner it was then panic stations as we tried to force the ball home and Wrexham players tried desperately to clear it away to safety.  Sadly they did just that and that was the end of our efforts for the night.  Wrexham made a double substitution with Rob Evans and Kayden Jackson making way for Adriano Moké and Louis Briscoe (he of the attack on Anthony Malbons skull) and tightened up at the back.  Time ran out and Wrexham ran out winners to send themselves up to fourth in the table and us back to rock bottom.

With Torquay winning against Welling this evening they now jump above us by two points, three games in hand and a steadily decreasing goal difference.  At least the other straggler down there also lost tonight with Welling as already mentioned and Halifax going down 2-0 at Braintree while Boreham Wood didn't play tonight.

On Saturday we entertain struggling Bromley.  Let's hope we get entertained too.
  FT: 2 - 0

 Goals for Wrexham: Jackson 14, 29

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Wrexham AFC  goals   subs   cards      Harriers  goals   subs   cards 
R Taylor     Snedker  
Carrington     Hodgkiss  
Newton     Kinsella  
Smith     Maxwell gif  
Hudson     Langmead  
Heslop   Lowe  
Fowler gif     Fané
Evans gif     Williams  
Beck     White gif  
Jennings     Whitfield gif  
Jackson gif gif     Gnahoua  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Moké gif - 83     Brown  
York gif - 60     Patrick gif - 70  
O'Reilly     McQuilkin gif - 46  
Briscoe gif - 83     Garnett gif - 46  
Royle     Jones  

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