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Posted Sat 22 Jan 11 at 18:38 PM

FULL TIME: Harriers 2-0 Barrow

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

A goal in each half was enough for Harriers to finally beat Barrow in the Blue Square Bet Premier on Saturday as the reds racked up another fine Aggborough Stadium win.

After just five minutes at what was a chilly Aggborough, Barrow registered the first opportunity of the afternoon as they looked to ask some early questions of the home defence; Nick Chadwick had put enough pressure on a ball back towards Daniel Lewis to see it squirm away from the goalkeeper and Michael Briscoe, eventually falling to Paul Rutherford who looked to chip into an empty net, only for Lee Vaughan to get back and head off the line.

Less than two minutes later Chadwick raced away from the defence and found himself one on one with Lewis - he widened the angle a little bit for himself but was denied by the reds' stopper, who was down bravely to deny him at his feet.

Back up at the other end and within a minute, Harriers forced their first save from visiting custodian Clark Masters as some sublime keep-ball in the box by Lee Morris eventually saw the ball fall to skipper Keith Briggs who drove an effort back across goal that was stopped well.

Soon after, though, Lewis was again called into action and forced into another fine stop, this time from Louis Almond as he broke into the area.

After around 27 minutes Masters was made to make a comfortable but necessary save from Harriers as a ball was held up to the far post to Nick Wright who nodded it back to Briggs who in turn saw an effort held.

A little over ten minutes later Harriers had their best opportunity of the half as Wright prowled with intent on the edge of the area, he managed to supply Morris who allowed the ball to run before firing it towards Masters who somehow managed to change direction and get one hand to it.

If he got one hand to that one, neither paw had any chance of getting close to Morris' next effort just two minutes later as he went one better to put his side ahead; some fantastic close control was enough to out-fox the charging Barrow defence as the front man ventured into the area, before curling a beauty of an effort beyond Masters' dive and into the top corner.

Just as they did in the first, Barrow flew out of the blocks at the start of the second period and once again Vaughan was forced into some last-ditch defending as he volleyed the ball over his own bar after it bounced dangerously in the six-yard area.

It was the same again less than a couple of seconds later as Harriers again hooked off the line; Almond whizzed his way in between the defence and left all in his wake before putting Lewis on his backside and shooting past him, this time Mark Albrighton behind him to ensure the score stayed 1-0.

Around the hour mark there were fairly strong appeals from Harriers for a penalty as Matty Blair looked to have been taken out as he entered the area; some six minutes later it was back up the other end where Lewis needed to get strongly behind an effort for Ciaran Donnelly and hold.

For as long as the lead stayed at one, you always sensed there was fragility in the Harriers' advantage and, though they pushed, a second goal never looked close as the game entered its final quarter hour.

They needed a golden chance to go their way and on 82 minutes they got that - Morris and McPhee raced away on the counter with the former looking to cross the for the latter who, upon attempting to shoot past Masters, was brought down by the shot-stopper who was instantly dismissed courtesy of a red card. Fully six minutes after, the resultant penalty was finally put down and fired home by McPhee for his tenth of the season - 2-0, and game over.

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