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Posted Tue 13 Mar 12 at 21:37 PM


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

Harriers suffered defeat once more on Tuesday night, a 2-1 set-back at struggling and out-form AFC Telford that left them looking up at the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places.

In what was surely a must-win game, Harriers got off to quite possibly the worst possible start.

A corner forced almost out of nothing with just three minutes gone secured the first goal of the game - it was whipped in by Jonathan Brown and powered past Tony Breeden with a firm header with a red-shirted defender absolutely nowhere to be seen.

Three minutes later there was almost the immediate response from the away side as they forced a corner of their own but Tom Marshall's header, back across goal with power, sailed inches shy of the foot of the post.

Even in light of the early goal action, it had to be said that Harriers were totally dominant in the first quarter-hour in terms of time of possession and pressure; the only problem being the recently-persistent one in that they could do little to covert this into real opportunities.

Another corner routine on 26 minutes brought about no more than another half-chance, the ball bouncing around in the area before Callum Gittings headed on to Jack Byrne who saw his attempt held by goalkeeper Ryan Young.

With eight minutes to go until the interval some lively thinking from Breeden at a free-kick saw a ball played up to Steve Guinan who watched the bounce before going for a dipping volley towards goal that sailed narrowly over the bar, Marshall again header over soon after.

With less than to to go until the break Telford went close to a second with a rare venture forward as Sean Newton's well-struck free-kick beat the wall and was kept out by a fine save from Breeden.

Just seven minutes gone in the second period and with the words of their management team ringing in their ears, Harriers pushed forward with a move that produced a well-deserved equaliser.

The build-up play came from Lee Vaughan and Nick Wright; the latter working his way past two players in the area before lofting a ball up towards the far post post where Anthony Malbon met it with a header that thundered home to the delight of the away travellers.

On 57 minutes and with the momentum with them, Harriers should really have made it two as Malbon crossed for Guinan who saw a header from close range thump off the bar with the re-bound crashed wide by Gittings.

Just when you thought the reds would do enough to turn a draw into a victory, they shipped a nightmare second just five after the hour mark; Brown's corner not properly cleared as Richard Davies saw his shot bundled in off defender Chris Blackburn.

With a little over a quarter-hour to play Harriers switched things around by introducing Lee Hendrie in favour of Guinan, though with every ball dropping to a white shirt there seemed as the game drew to a close that only one team were likely to add to their score.

Hendrie's volley from Wright's corner inside the last six minutes was well hit but comfortably over the bar.

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