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Posted Mon 29 Mar 10 at 13:58 PM

FULL TIME: Harriers 0-1 Salisbury

Report by Matt Wall - stats provided and generated for harriers.co.uk by the Press Association.
Pic - Stefan Rapacz

On another day of sheer frustration on Saturday, Harriers saw their winless run continue as they suffered back-to-back home League defeats by virtue of a 1-0 reverse against Salisbury at Aggborough.

If the edict a the start of this one was for Harriers to keep the ball better than they did against York in midweek they certainly excelled themselves in the opening ten minutes as the visitors literally saw nothing of the ball; tidy in possession, the home side opened up Salisbury well and nearly got an eighth minute reward as Martin Riley headed powerfully over the bar from a corner.

The Whites tightened up slightly and began to see more of the ball, Chris Flood having a weak shot held before his side took a surprise lead on 24 minutes - a lofted ball upfield looked to have been on its way to safety before Luke Prosser headed it over his advancing goalkeeper Ross Atkins; Riley tried to make amends by bringing down Matt Tubbs who'd advanced with the free ball but ultimately he was helpless as the England C front man's shot trickled into the back of the unguarded net.

Harriers responded almost immediately and just four minutes later it was almost 1-1; Chris McPhee turned well just outside the box and slipped the ball through to Brian Smikle - one on one with goalkeeper Ryan Price, Junior seemed favourite to score but was denied by a low save.

The start to the second period couldn't have been further from the start of the first - neither side were able to get a stranglehold on the ball and the visitors seemed more than happy with their lot, just attacking Harriers on the break, as they did ten minutes after the re-start when Flood shot wide.

Harriers perhaps should have been level with 19 minutes to go - good work from McDermott found sub Jamies Lawrie who in turn set-up McPhee who blasted inches wide on the angle from around six yards.

With less than a quarter-hour left, Harriers sacrificed a defender for another forward as Robbie Matthews came on against his former club - just previously they came so close to making it 1-1 as Jack Byrne fired over after working out a good opportunity.

Four minutes from time, Salisbury sub Jake Reid should really have added a second for his side as he put a free header over the bar when well placed in the area.

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