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Posted Sat 18 Feb 12 at 16:56 PM


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

A late, injury-time leveller from veteran sub Steve Guinan helped Harriers secure a share of the spoils in a scrappy

Though the opening stages were fairly quiet, visiting goalkeeper Joe Anyon was certainly the busier of the two stoppers as the home side looked to charge forward at the quickest opportunity.

The first real one arrived on 13 minutes and Anyon was at his best to keep it out; good work from Lee Vaughan it was as Dan Bradley was set up outside the area before lifting a great shot towards the far post that was tipped excellently over the bar.

Seven minutes later it was another chance for the reds as winger Marvin Johnson opened things up before crossing into the area and toward Jamille Matt who nodded wide of the near post.

As much in command as Harriers were of that opening 20 minutes they were made to pay for not getting a goal to show for it as they went behind, the visitors much more alert at a free-kick ball whipped in by Louis Almond, Jefferson Louis getting free to rise and nod it past Tony Breeden ae into the net.

The Imps seemed hugely content with their lead and made virtually no attempt to advance on it for the following moments, focusing instead on what was, all told, some very dogged and impressive defending.

With 35 minutes on the clock there was a period of concern for Johnson as he needed treatment after taking a nasty knock from Peter Bore; he shook it off well enough, though, to take aim at Anyon and drive an effort at goal that flew narrowly wide.

There were major appeals for a home penalty on 39 minutes as Lee Hendrie was hauled down under the challenge of Alan Power only to see those cries waved away.

The heavy knock eventually took too much out of the lively Johnson and with just a couple of minutes left in the half Harriers were forced to replace him, bringing on new striker Ryan Rowe for his debut.

Harriers were far slower to start the second period and though they looked to pick the lock of the Lincoln defence, in truth up to the hour mark it was all too easy for the green and white hoops to deal with what came forward.

A low drive from Kyle Storer at that point was the closest they'd come, a well-struck effort looked to have had Anyon beaten but fizzed wide of the foot of the post.

Seven after the hour Nick Wright did have the ball in the back of the net as he rose to meet Storer's cross and head into the back of the net but the effort was chalked off with the front man adjudged to have fouled his man in the process.

The home side were just lacking in that crucial precision in vital areas - they found themselves on the ball inside the area as the quarter-hour approached but just didn't pull the trigger in time as City defended deeply and in numbers.

The one chance was always going to come, however, and the hope was just that the home side would be able to take it. 81 minutes were on the clock when Hendrie crossed towards the far post to Rowe who could only force a close-range header wide of the target.

Thankfully the wily old fox that is Steve Guinan - on for the last four minutes - was on hand to show how it was done. He had one chance and boy did he take it, slotting the ball past Anyon towards the far post after finding no more than an inch of room at close range. Phew!

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