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Posted Sat 14 Aug 10 at 17:04 PM

FULL TIME: York 1-2 Harriers

Match Report by Matt Wall - stats provided and generated by the Press Association

Harriers pulled off one of the results of the opening day in the Blue Square Bet Premier as they saw off title favourites York City on their own patch, 2-1 on Saturday.

The opening stages of this game were played at no less than a hundred miles an hour - York's perennial danger man Richard Brodie was causing problems in typical fashion whilst visiting front men Chris McPhee and Lee Morris ruffled some feathers of their own.

It was Harriers who took the lead after ten minutes as Bootham Crescent stood shocked - Callum Gittings had already impressed with some early corner deliveries, his third without a doubt the most impressive as he looped it long towards the far post of goalkeeper Michael Ingham who could only help brush it into the back of his own net, to the delight of the visiting fans.

Two minutes later Ingham made amends as Harriers very nearly made it two - Morris, latching on to Mike Williams long ball, beat the defence and powered down on goal, his well-taken shot blocked bravely by the custodian's legs.

At the other end Daniel Lewis was not to be out done - the home side's first real chance of the day came on 16 minutes as Alex Lawless flew into the area and curled a great shot towards goal that needed a fine double-handed parry from the second-time Kiddy debutant.

The next quarter-hour very much belonged to the home side as they started to compose themselves and pile a little pressure on Harriers, though eleven minutes before the break it was McPhee threatening for the men in yellow as he picked up Morris' ball before driving into the arms of Ingham.

The second half began as the first ended with Brodie powering a shot into Lewis' chest, and some six minutes after the re-start he went some way closer - the visiting defence failing to clear the danger as the ball fell to the forward, only he knows how he managed to side-foot the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

On 58 minutes Dave Hankin teased his way into the City penalty area after latching onto a beauty of a ball from sub Nick Wright - with no tackle forthcoming the winger fancied the shot and curled an effort towards goal that went just over the upright.

Seven after the hour mark the home side shout have been level - it was another sitter missed by the prolific Brodie; somehow Harriers managed to leave him unmarked, central and six yards from goal as a deep cross came in, his effort looping over Lewis' target.

With just less than a quarter-hour to go the chances kept coming for York - Lawless picked the ball up in the middle of the field and, 20 plus yards from goal, drove a fine effort towards the target that looked a nailed-on goal before Lewis intercepted with another excellent stop.

With six minutes to go Harriers saw their opening day win snatched from their grasp - sub Michael Rankine wrestled his way into the area but once again found his route to goal blocked by more resolute defending; not so in the opinion of referee Collin who awarded a penalty for an adjudged foul on the forward by Matty Blair. The away side understandably voiced their displeasure but their calls were ignored as Rankine stepped up himself to power home an equaliser.

But football is a funny game... four minutes later and with just two to go, the madness continued as Harriers got a penalty of their own. A fine forward move saw Tom Shaw ship a fine ball into the area towards McPhee who looked to latch on to it, only to be knocked into the area by former Harrier Duane Courtney... No such protests from City as the referee pointed to the spot - for once not even Courtney had a comment to make; Shaw driving the ball past Ingham and into the back of the net to cue delight from 177 travellers.

Sheer madness, sheer beauty - welcome back, football; we've missed you!

Attendance: 2,682 (177)

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