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Posted Tue 03 Jul 12 at 18:58 PM


Harriers were twice ahead against Mansfield on Saturday but were unable to record their first win of the season at Aggborough as the Stags raced back to win 3-2.

Eager to force some action in the final third after two games without a goal, Harriers pressed hard from the offset here and had the Stags beaten with the opening goal of the game inside seven minutes.

Good work between James Vincent and Marvin Johnson on the edge of the area saw the former teed up, shooting from around 20 yards with an effort that Alan Marriott did well to turn around the post. From the resultant corner, Johnson’s delivery was met by Jack Byrne who powered into the roof of the net to the relief of all.

Byrne and Johnson both crashed further efforts wide as the half wore on, while on 23 minutes the first real opening for the visitors almost brought an equaliser, Matt Green denied by a fine save from Danny Lewis as he looked to lift the ball over him, one-on-one.

The same duel ended with the same outcome five minutes later as the goalkeeper held the hit-man’s header, Matt Rhead then wasting a header with eight minutes of the half remaining as he powered wide.

With just seconds remaining in the half, though, the Stags got themselves level – a firm Luke Jones header was powered at Lewis and parried superbly; unfortunately straight at the feet of Matt Green who tapped in from close range despite suspicions of offside.

Harriers began the second period just as they did the first and they got a similar reward in an early goal – good work from Byrne and Ryan Rowe out wide, supplying winger Johnson just inside the area who took a touch before firing past Marriott with the aid of a deflection.

On 56 minutes Exodus Geohaghon fired a header at Marriott from a deep corner, but moments later the visitors struck level for the second time – more dangerous, threatening pace from Green as he held up the ball just yards out before teeing up Lindon Meikle who took the ball around his man before firing into the bottom corner.

With 68 minutes on the clock there was a double change for Harriers as on came Ricky Shakes and debutant striker Nathan Blissett, Lewis up at the other end denying Meikle with a smart save down at his near post.

Meikle was without a doubt a thorn in the Harriers side during the second period and with just 12 minutes left to play he picked up his second goal of the afternoon – while all stood appealing for offside against substitute Nick Wright, the former Harrier simply stepped away from the ball, letting Meikle run on to it before rounding Lewis and firing home to make it 3-2.

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