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Posted Wed 01 Dec 10 at 12:08 PM

FULL TIME: Harriers 0-0 York

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

Harriers moved into the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places on a freezing Tuesday night at Aggborough as they and York City battled to a gritty 0-0 draw.

First thing's first - a massive thank-you to everyone who helped towards getting this game on. It was the only tie in the division to get played and only one of four professional games in the whole country to get underway. Superb work, and massively appreciated.

The start was tentative from both sides as they adjusted to the cold conditions and a firm surface. It was the visitors who were the first to register with 13 minutes on the clock - Daniel Racchi catching one from just inside the area that was well held by Daniel Lewis.

There was a blow for the home side around 12 minutes later - Dave Hankin forced off after what looked to have been a bump to the head. Callum Gittings coming on to replace him.

Three minutes later, reds' skipper Keith Briggs tried his luck with an angled effort from around 18 yards that flew off target, with his side pushing some way closer just after when a goalmouth scramble saw Lee Morris eventually scoop just over.

Easily the best chance of the first half hour or so came on 31 minutes, though, a short corner worked to Lee Vaughan who floated a neat ball into the area that defender Tom Sharpe rushed on to, poking it agonisingly wide.

Harriers turned the pressure up ever so slightly as the chances kept coming - seven minutes later, Gittings outfoxed the York defence and supplied a great ball into the area that was met by a great overhead kick from Chris McPhee, the effort bouncing off the bar and away.

The second half was six minutes old when Harriers picked up from where they left off, Briggs driving another one towards Michael Ingham that fizzed goalwards before taking a deflection to send it wide.

Searching for a breakthrough of their own, York manager Gary Mills made a double change just before the hour mark as former Harrier David McDermott joined the fray along with Peter Till. Four after the hour, it was winger McDermott who took his side close to scoring with their first real chance of the night, firing one from just outside the box that beat Lewis and thumped off the foot of the post.

After that flurry of half-chances for the visitors, the second half degenerated into a much scrappier affair - with less than a quarter-hour to go there was a double change from the home duggout, Steve Burr handing debuts to Craig Lindfield and Mitchell McPike, on loan from Accrington and Birmingham respectively.

Harriers' McPhee and City's McDermott had a chance apiece late on to try and break the deadlock, but three minutes of injury time passed without incident.

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