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Posted Tue 24 Aug 10 at 23:31 PM

FULL TIME: Wrexham 2-2 Harriers

Match report by Matt Wall - stats provided and generated by the Press Association.A fine brace from striker Nick Wright was enough to secure a point for Harriers at Wrexham on Tuesday night as Steve Burr's men bounced back from the disappointment of conceding two goals inside six minutes to draw 2-2.

Looking to respond after two straight defeats, Harriers got off to the worst possible start by conceding a goal after just four minutes. Punished for only half clearing a ball inside the six yard box, former Harrier Dean Keates lofted it back into the danger area and onto the head of David Brown who sent a looping header over the palm of the beaten Daniel Lewis.

Worse followed, barely two minutes later the lead was doubled as Wrexham entered dreamland. Mike Williams, against his former club, did an okay job of looping the ball away from danger at the by-line; unfortunately it wasn't far enough as it landed straight on the boot of Keates who, from 20 plus yards, rifled in a beauty of a finish that no goalkeeper was ever going to stop.

Harriers took a while to settle but once they did they looked good - on 14 minutes Nick Wright saw a shot from around ten yards well saved by the body of Scott Shearer after being played through by Lee Morris.

Two minutes later the visitors had the ball in the net as Tom Sharpe stabbed home a loose ball from a corner. As it sailed over the line, however, Wright flicked his boot at it and alerted the attentions of the referee's assistant who raised his flag, adjudging the front man to be the furthest back, and offside.

On the half-hour mark Harriers needed a precise piece of defending to keep the score at 2-0 - a tremendous ball was floated into the far post area towards Nathaniel Knight-Percival. The former Histon man looked to pounce on a slip by his man and shaped to shoot, free on goal, and was only denied by a fine block by Michael Briscoe.

You sensed that if the visitors could half the deficit before the interval then they'd have something solid to work with. Leaving it late as they did, they managed to do exactly that in first half stoppage time. A pinpoint ball up field from Morris simply wasn't dealt with and the dangerous Wright kept up the pressure to get some reward - knocking the ball away from two defenders before rounding Shearer and slotting into the back of an empty net.

It was a bittersweet start to the second period for Steve Burr's men - first the disappointment once again of losing young Callum Gittings to injury, the player leaving the field on a stretcher to the applause of all. The woe was all Wrexham's six minutes after the re-start, though, as Harriers levelled.

A superbly-worked move saw Morris flick the ball out to Wright who was prowling towards the box, the confident forward powered past Shearer at his near post and into the back of the net to the delight of the 107 Harriers fans.

Just past the hour mark it could have been 3-2 - Morris left Neil Ashton in his wake as he charged towards goal, rounding another home defender before shooting at Shearer who had got down well and early to grab and keep hold of the effort.

Nine minutes later and it was skipper Keith Briggs' chance to go close to breaching Shearer's goal - he drove a 35 yard plus free-kick well towards the target and with the goalkeeper beaten it only narrowly curled wide of the far post. With 12 to go the same man went even closer - driving a low shot towards the far post that the stopper almost fumbled.

A late brace of efforts from Wrexham's Neil Taylor saw the home side go close but in the end it was perhaps the men dressed in yellow who could feel most disappointed to not have found a winner.

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