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Match Report


Posted Tue 24 Jan 12 at 21:40 PM


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

A thrilling encounter between two of the Blue Square Bet Premier's promotion contenders produced a 1-1 draw at Aggborough on Tuesday night as Harriers netted late to take a share of the spoils against York City.

A hugely entertaining opening ten minutes here yielded precious little in terms of goal mouth action both both sides signalled their intent to thrill by keeping the ball on the ground and putting together passing moves aplenty.

The first real chance of the night came on 19 minutes and it was certainly close - Tom Sharpe got in past the York back-line and whipped in a treat of a cross that Nick Wright collected and turned on before shooting towards goal with an effort destined for the net that was hooked off the line by City skipper Chris Smith.

On 25 minutes the home side did have the ball in the back of the net as Dan Bradley headed in Wright's cross but an assistant's flag saw that effort chalked off much to the former Tamworth man's dismay.

Four minutes later up at the other end York thought they'd found the first goal of the night as Mike Williams' wayward header was hooked towards goal from inches out by Smith - somehow Tony Breeden got his paws on to it and claw it away from danger. a

One of the best moves of the game with ten minutes before the break saw Bradley presented with a real sight of goal after good work from Dave Hankin and Sharpe, the midfielder's effort was a good one but rose just high of Michael Ingham's goal.

York boss Gary Mills clearly wanted more from his charges after the restart and made two changes to help to that end as the Minstermen began the second period brightly.

They got their rewards on 57 minutes as for the first time Harriers were caught ball watching - made to pay as Jon Challinor whipped a dangerous cross towards the far post that was headed beautifully back across Breeden and into the back of the net.

There was almost an instant response on the hour mark as Lee Hendrie met a ball into the area from Storer but his volley dragged just wide of the post on the angle. Good handling by Ingham eight after the hour also ensured Bradley's looping effort was dealt with.

Wright's run was excellently timed into the box two minutes later but his sharp turn and drive was again kept out by Ingham's lively reflexes.

Still the chances came and again Wright remained in the thick of it - just 12 minutes left as he teed up Storer on the edge of the area who on the stretch could only strike his effort wide of the post.

Ingham was again made to demonstrate just why he's tipped by many to be the best goalkeeper in the division - he was at full stretch as he tipped over the bar an outrageous lobbed effort from substitute Anthony Malbon, the resultant corner then being smashed against the bar.

Just when you thought a super, super performance from Harriers was going to be rewarded with absolutely nothing, the leveller they richly deserved arrived just six minutes from time - and what a way to score your first goal for the club for young loanee James Mcquilkin curling into the area and past Ingham's dive to the delight of the home crowd.

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