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Posted Sat 21 Aug 10 at 16:47 PM

FULL TIME: Harriers 1-3 Mansfield

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

Harriers tasted defeat on home soil for the second time in a week on Saturday as they again wasted a lead with Mansfield coming from behind to win 3-1 at Aggborough.

The game kicked off in wonderful sunshine and within eight minutes the home fans were bouncing as yet again, for the third game in succession, their side got off to a perfect start with a quick goal.

Good work from Dave Hankin saw the ball flicked in the area to Chris McPhee who latched on to it before being bundled to the ground by xx - for the second straight Saturday it was Tom Shaw who stepped up to the spot to send Alan Marriott the wrong way and find the back of the net.

On the quarter-hour the visitors may have wanted to do better with their chance to level as Keigan Parker lofted a neat ball into the box towards the far post, front man Paul Connor failing to connect with his volley allowing Daniel Lewis to clear. Six minutes later, Lewis was down well to hold from Tyrone Thompson's driven shot.

Three before the half-hour mark the Stags attacked Harriers on the counter and so very nearly made it 1-1 as a lofted ball into the box was left by everyone as it sailed towards the head of Connor who saw his nodded effort bounce straight into and out of the hands of Lewis and away for a corner.

There was a real scramble in the Harriers area; another great delivery again found Connor, his close range header being tipped superbly on to the bar by Lewis - the ball fell back out into the six yard area but no one in amber and blue could add the final touch and the home side were able to clear.

Eight minutes before the break Marriott was forced into his first serious duty of the day as Jack Byrne charged towards the area with the ball at his feet - the former Redditch man struck a rising effort from around 20 yards that the experienced shot-stopper turned round the angle of bar and post.

In the final minute of the half Harriers were in debt to Lewis as he pulled off a fine stop at his near post to deny Adam Smith after the lively Stags man worked his way into the area, evading the attentions of two home marksmen before firing to goal.

The home defence was still looking a little unsure following the adventures of Tuesday night and just eight minutes into the second period the visitors finally pounced on the indecision - attacks just weren't being stopped at source by Harriers and it punished them as substitute Luke Medley smashed home a volley from six yards.

It got worse, too - just two minutes later at Mansfield were ahead, a simple deflection on a ball over the top was enough to beat the back four and the clever movement of Connor was enough to beat the goalkeeper as the former Cheltenham man drew Lewis before rounding him and slotting home into the back of an empty net.

Two nearly became three eight after the hour, Medley simply proving too much for Harriers as he wriggled free to blast a shot towards goal that struck the side netting.

There were too few highlights for Burr's men for the most part of the second period but in substitute Marc Williams they has a liveware, on 79 minutes he almost got his second goal in as many games as he turned and shot on the edge of the area, his effort arrowing narrowly over the upright.

With just eight minutes to go the same player went even closer - Nick Wright winning the ball on the by-line before supplying the front-man who could only side-foot an effort narrowly wide of the goalkeeper's post.

But ultimately it was again to be mistakes that ended the day - Harriers caught cold once again, Gary Mills winning possession all to easily in the danger area, the outstanding Medley picking it off before hitting a great cross to the feet of fellow sub Rob Duffy on the 18-yard area; he had the simple task of finishing past Lewis to round off a comfortable success.

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