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Posted Tue 11 Aug 09 at 22:47 PM

FULL TIME: Salisbury 1-0 Harriers

A SINGLE goal was enough to hand Harriers their first defeat of the new season at Salisbury City on Tuesday night.

Looking to kick on from the weekend's win over Hayes & Yeading, Harriers started off in the worst possible way by conceding a penalty within five minutes - Gavin Caines bringing down Salisbury's Sinclair in the area.

Matt Tubbs stepped up to take the resultant kick but goalkeeper Dean Coleman was the hero, guessing right and diving to his left to keep it out.

Caines was again caught unawares just a few minutes later as Tubbs was allowed in, but his shot from close-range was again dealt with by the 'keeper.

20 minutes on the clock and it was still really only the home side creating any sort of opening, Bradley Gray and O'Hara both going close.

Just before the break Harriers finally forced Salisbury shot-stopper James Bittner into action but even then his save from a decent Chris McPhee header was relatively comfortable.

Harriers came out after the break looking a little brighter but still lacked a real cutting edge and it was no huge surprise when the hosts finally opened the scoring on 53 minutes - a good free-kick delivery finding the head of Dan Webb - free of any marking he was able to loop an effort past Coleman.

With half an hour to go boss Mark Yates threw on John Finnigan and Kyle Hadley to try and force some way into the game but even they struggled to make any headway - though Harriers did go close when Dean Bennett drilled in a superb 35 yard free-kick that the goalkeeper spilled.

With just a little more than 15 minutes substitute Flood went close to adding a second for the home side, Bittner just beating McPhee to a lob into the box as the ex-Weymouth man desperate to get on the end of something.

Coleman kept the visitors in the game and the score down with an excellent save from Tubbs in the 84th minute, the forward led a fast breakaway for the Whites and looked to have beaten him with a super lob, but the custodian managed to paw it over the bar.

Sub Hadley's wayward effort in the dying minutes perhaps summed up his side's night and it'll go without saying that Yates will want much, much more from his troops on Saturday as Harriers travel to Ebbsfleet United.

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