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Posted Tue 08 Mar 11 at 21:42 PM

FULL TIME: Harriers 0-0 Crawley

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

Harriers and Crawley Town played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at Aggborough on Tuesday night as the home side kept up their unbeaten run and place in the play-offs.

Shot-stopper Daniel Lewis has done more than his share to win Harriers points over the season thus far and his team mates needed him after just two minutes in this one; Willy Gibson lined up a free-kick just a couple of yards outside the area and struck a rising effort that Lewis needed to dive and fist over the bar.

That set the pattern for the opening quarter hour - the hosts were penned inside the own half as the visitors moved the ball quickly and looked to press at every given opportunity. There was a big blow for the reds on 25 minutes as Harriers were forced into an early change; Tom Shaw went down awkwardly and knew instantly there was a problem - unfortunately the stretcher was called for as the youngster's evening came to an end, a truly luckless season continuing.

Two after the half hour Harriers launched a fast counter and it almost got them a real stab at goal - Matty Blair and Mike Williams combined, the defender on the overlap supplying the ball into the area; the winger getting to it before goalkeeper Michel Kuipers but never managing real contact as he stabbed it wide.

On the stroke of half time, young Crawley debutant Charlie Wassmer was a touch lucky not to receive his marching orders just 45 minutes into his Town career; after wiping out Lee Vaughan on the edge of the Harriers area; any more advanced a position on the pitch and you'd expect to see a flash of red but as it was, only yellow.

Ten minutes inside the second half and there were shouts from the visitors for a penalty after Sergio Torres went down in the area but referee Heywood was less than interested, Josh Simpson then seeing a shot saved on the turn by Lewis.

Two shy of the hour Lee Vaughan, on for Sharpe, strode forward and tried his luck from distance with a shot from more than 20 yards, the ball fizzing just wide of the far post. Just after at the other end, Crawley went very close as Gibson's ball into the area found Torres who nodded just wide.

All of a sudden the chances kept coming and just four minutes later there was another for Harriers as Vaughan's cross into the box was met by Michael Briscoe who drove a volley high over the bar.

Harriers made their third and final change of the night on 78 minutes as Dave Hankin replaced the ever-willing Lee Morris; Richard Brodie appearing for Town also.

With just six minutes on the clock, Wright got behind his man and in on goal, albeit on the angle. One on one, he squared the ball in the box to Tom Shaw who took one touch before firing an effort towards the target that was somehow hooked off the line. Just after, an amazing goalmouth scramble was just about survived by Crawley as Harriers did their best to rally.

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