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Posted Mon 01 Apr 13 at 16:45 PM

REPORT: LUTON 1-2 HARRIERS

First half goals from Josh Gowling and Anthony Malbon saw Harriers secure their play-off place and stay top of the table as they won 2-1 at Luton Town on Saturday.

A chilly afternoon at Kenilworth Road saw both sides start quite brightly and it was with some 12 minutes on the clock that Harriers had the first chance of the day, striker Anthony Malbon watching a great ball from the back down over his shoulder before shooting firmly at goal, keeper Mark Tyler getting a strong hand to the effort to turn it over the bar.

It was from the resultant corner that the visitors took the lead, they leapt to take advantage of some shaky home defending as the ball was whipped in with defender Josh Gowling able to take it down and fire a sweet finish low into the bottom corner.

Five minutes later Danny Lewis between the sticks for Harriers was kept alert and made a smart stop to deny hit-man Jon Shaw as he struck from distance; John Still’s side going oh-so close on 24 minutes as Scott Rendell struck the bar from close range with Lewis beaten before the same player trickled one wide after good play from Shaw.

Four minutes after the half-hour mark there was some outstanding link-play between Michael Gash and Malbon as the former ended up with a strong header on target but, just after, the second goal of the day arrived and it went the way of the latter. Malbon chased down a neat low ball and left both defender McNulty and goalkeeper Tyler laying as he took the ball past them both before firing into the net.

Keith Briggs watched a looping header drop over the bar for Harriers with just five minutes gone in the second period, Dave Martin wasteful up at the other end three minutes later as he dragged one wide of the target.

With the hour mark just passed Harriers almost made it 3-0 as Malbon tried to turn provider on the edge of the area as he slipped in Danny Jackman, the midfield man sweeping a shot towards Tyler that the custodian got down well to gather.

On 69 minutes later it should in fact have been 2-1 as Luton pushed hard, they pumped the ball in the box and thought they’d netted when in fact it cannoned off a defender and up  on to the bar and eventually away.

Sub Jonathan Smith had a token shot held comfortably by Lewis as we entered the final 15 minutes but fellow substitute Andre Gray was far more deadly when, on 83 minutes, he latched on to a ball into the area before lashing it under Lewis and into the net for the Hatters' consolation.

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