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Posted Tue 04 Sep 12 at 21:30 PM


An 88th-minute equaliser from Mickey Demetriou was enough to give Harriers a thoroughly deserved point at Braintree on Tuesday night as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Amlin Arena.

Inside three minutes there was the first chance of the night and it went the way of Harriers as Josh Peniket rose in the area to meet a superb Anthony Malbon cross; his thumping header bouncing off the cross bar with goalkeeper Danny Naisbitt beaten.

Peniket proved to be an early thorn in the side of the home defence and on seven minutes he was almost on the score sheet with his second opportunity; turning his man in the area excellently before shooting and having the shot cleared off the line by Adam Bailey-Dennis.

Four minutes later the woodwork was rattling once more, though this time at the other end as Nathan Vaughan did well to turn a lashed effort from Michael Gash at a tight angle on to the foot of his near post.

Kyle Storer planted a header at Naisbitt shortly after but the scoring was opened by Braintree on 17 minutes as Danny Holman notched his fourth in three games; fed on the edge of the area before turning and firing a superb effort past the palm of Vaughan to give his team the lead.

Great defending from the visitors with 22  minutes played prevented the lead being doubled; a Danny Sparkes cross met by a fine header from Dean  Wells that was kept out by a strong hand from Vaughan and a strong header from Chey Dunkley.

Kyle Storer and Peniket both forced saves from Nasibitt with decent headers as the half wore on, Harriers working solidly despite the deficit but just unable to find a way past a resolute defence.

There was a chance off target for both sides at the start of the second period as Brad Quinton and Chey Dunkley both had a pop at goal; Danny Pilkington then firing wide with a shot of his own soon after.

With an hour played the men in yellow had two good openings to try and get themselves level; first, sub Nathan Blissett tried a neat back-heal that almost beat Naisbitt but was eventually kept out well by the stopper’s feet; Peniket soon after volleying an effort over the bar.

Dunkley and Storer both took aim as a frustrated Harriers side looked for an equaliser they’d have thoroughly deserved, Johnson’s free-kick from out-wide tipped away from danger by a grateful Naisbitt.

The former Cambridge stopper had been one of the home side’s strongest performers on the night but when that equaliser finally came for Harriers there was nothing he could do to prevent it – Demetriou teed up from a free-kick and, at the second attempt, powering the ball into the top corner of the net.

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