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Posted Sat 03 Sep 11 at 16:54 PM

FULL TIME: Wrexham 2-0 Harriers

Report - Matt Wall
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Harriers remain third in the Blue Square Bet Premier but tasted defeat for the first time on the road this season with a 2-0 reverse at Wrexham on Saturday.

It was a frantic start from both teams in Wales for this one with the sides flying out of the blocks and playing at a fine pace - Harriers had an early sight of goal as within two minutes Luke Medley curled an effort wide of the target whilst at the other end the ball was in the back of the net for the hosts though Jake Speight's effort was chalked off for offside.

With 16 minutes on the Clock Speight really should have netted for the second time and first officially; Harriers' defence was caught napping with arms in the air appealing for an offside flag that never came - a perfectly-weighted ball found the feet of the front man who drew Daniel Lewis before drilling a shot on the angle just wide of the far post.

Eight minutes later the play had remained even but the breakthrough came and it went the way of the hosts - a neat pass from Curtis Obeng setting up Jamie Tolley some 25 yards out; he strode forward and took aim with an effort that was heading on target but arguably into the arms of Lewis only for a couple of deflections to send the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Two minutes after the half-hour Harriers forced a couple of scrambling blocks from the home back line as both Jack Byrne and Steve Guinan tried their luck, Kyle Storer then heading into the referee's book for a yellow card after seemingly winning the ball in a firm challenge with Lee Fowler.

Strong build-up play from Harriers within a minute of a re-start brought about a great chance as Medley released Guinan as he approached the area; the veteran held the ball up well before firing it towards the far post where Medley had made the run, latching onto the cross with an effort that was well held.

Quick as a flash, though, Harriers found themselves two goals down as Wrexham stormed up the other end and netted once more; Obeng again supplying the ammunition towards the far post where powerful hit-man man Danny Wright was on hand to rise to it and head firmly past Lewis.

With it all to go and trailing by two; Harriers did respond well and at least forced a good save from Joslain Mayebi as Guinan crashed a header towards goal that needed a strong pair of hands to tip it away. On 52 minutes the 'keeper was at it again, getting down well to turn Medley's angled drive around the post.

Boss Steve Burr looked to do all he could to force something from the game as he made all three of his available changes in quick succession as Marc Williams, Jamille Matt and Callum Gittings all entered the fray.

With a little over a quarter of an hour to go the latter of those substitutions drove into the box the best delivery of the afternoon to that point as he looked to seek out Marc Williams who dove in at the far post, sending a header wide of Mayebi's target.

The visitors did continue to press and find a way through a solid Dragons' outfit - with seven minutes remaining Mayebi produced his best save of the afternoon to deny Matt as he met a cross with a powerful header. The same man again went close inside the four minutes of added time but his firm, low drive was wide of the post.

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