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Posted Sat 15 Oct 11 at 16:50 PM

FULL TIME: Darlington 1-0 Harriers

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

A goal less than ten minutes from time was enough to deny Harriers what would have been a deserved point at Darlington on Saturday as the visitors fell to a 1-0 defeat.

For the first time this season and perhaps out of necessity, Harriers kicked things off in a 4-4-2 formation and inside the first ten minutes it was certainly their opponents that settled first.

Darlo worked at getting long balls forward and though the visiting back four deal with most things comfortably enough, there was a half-chance for front-man Liam Hatch with eleven minutes gone as he hooked an effort over the bar.

Steve Burr's men took some time to put together forward moves as they adjusted to the tempo of the game but there were a couple of openings around the 25th minute when Nick Wright looked to drive at goal and, just after, Steve Guinan saw a chipped shot go over the goalkeeper and the target.

In terms of territory and time on the ball the Quakers certainly had the better of it but openings seemed relatively few and far between. Six after the half-hour mark, they went close as Adam Rundle spun and shot on the edge of the error and drilled at goal forcing Dean Lyness to tip it wide of the post.

Up at the other end Harriers broke away superbly and very nearly broke the deadlock as Jamille Matt put his head down and charged at goal - he slipped in Guinan near the by-line who in turn lofted a cross back into the mix that was met on the half-volley by James Vincent, whose shot ran just wide of the urpight.

The second half was just five minutes old when Harriers went mightily close to scoring - about a lick of paint, to be exact. Wright's hold up play was smart and he dropped his shoulder and beat his man in a heartbeat to enter the area, a deft cross lofted onto the head of Callum Gittings who beat keeper Ole Soderburg, but not the bar as the woodwork was left rattling.

Greg Taylor had a shot deflected away from the target just after the hour mark for the home side, the visitors making the first change of the day soon after as Robbie Thompson-Brown replaced Guinan.

On 70 minutes Taylor was again the danger man for Mark Cooper's outfit, he was given time and space outside the area to line up a shot that fizzed just wide of Dean Lyness an and the post.

Long balls into the box were Darlington's only avenue forward but that remains an ever-effective style of play when done properly and on 81 minutes Harriers rearguard was finally broken as Jamie Chandler's cross into the box sparked a mass brawl, Exodus Geohaghan knocked it down and in the mess of it all, Jonatan Sanchez-Munoz got the final touch, forcing it home through a crowd of bodies.

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