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Posted Wed 22 Feb 12 at 06:55 AM

REPORT: DRAGONS DOWN BRAVE HARRIERS

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

Harriers lost some vital ground on the Blue Square Bet Premier places on Tuesday night as they were beaten 1-0 by title-chasing Wrexham in a game Steve Burr's men certainly didn't deserve to lose.

A lively atmosphere greeted these two sides under the floodlights and it was the visitors who had the first opportunity and even with just five minutes on the clock, Adrian Cieslewicz will have wanted to have done better with an effort on the angle as he blazed into the side netting.

The pace-master for the Dragons had another effort held by Tony Breedeen on the quarter-hour, Jake Speight then trying his luck with 20 on the clock as the early opportunities began to mount.

Just after, a first opportunity of the night arrived for the hosts as a fine run from the returning Anthony Malbon saw him get on the end of a long ball upfield before curling a shot some way off target.

With 29 minutes on the clock the hosts almost stole ahead; the chance coming from a whipped corner into the area that was met by Luke Jones who rose well to nod an effort that beat Joslian Mayebi but not the defender on the line who cleared.

Five minutes before the break the deadlock went even closer to being broken but this time the danger was up at the other end as Steven Leslie's free-kick deflected off the wall on the edge of the penalty area, wrong-footed Breeden and bounced off the post before being cleared.

Harriers had been competing with Wrexham at every quarter but with just seconds left at the end of first-half injury time, the hammer blow coming as the ball bobbled around in the area with the reds racing to clear, player-boss Andy Morrell the man on the spot to force the ball into the back of the net.

A super chance came Harriers' way nine minutes into the second period as another great corner was floated towards the near post - Jack Byrne meeting it with a flick header that was excellently palmed over the bar.

A little just before the hour mark good play from Kyle Storer saw Mayebi into action the midfielder set up team mate Dan Bradley who fizzed a great shot just wide of the upright, the goalkeeper flying to try and meet it.

Harriers later threw on Steve Guinan to try and boost attacking option and on 71 minutes he saw a header fly off target as the home side desperately tried to assert some pressure.

Mathias Pogba was another second half substitute and his mazy 73rd minute run brought about a chance for the Dragons; his shot deflected past Breeded and rolling wide of the post. It should really have been 2-0 three minutes later but Jake Speight headed over from a deep cross.

Though the reds continued to surge forward and introduced Ryan Rowe to the fray with nine minutes to go, the visitors staying strong, though, and throwing bodies at every ball forward.

Jack Byrne's effort as the game entered injury time was superbly-taken but, unfortunately, was straight at Mayebi.

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