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Match Report


Posted Sat 13 Apr 13 at 19:00 PM


A goal in each half saw Harriers fly back to the top of the table and ensure the title race in the BSBP goes down to the final day of the term as they won 2-1 at Wrexham.

It was a bright start from both teams as they began the late kick-off in the division, Wrexham’s Joe Clarke firing a ball goalward to test Harriers while the visitors threatened early on through Michael Gash from close range.

Such a boisterous and lively start was always likely to produce goals and with just under 20 on the clock we got one as the visitors took the lead, a 20-yard free-kick from Michael Gash blocked back into the path of midfielder James Vincent who struck the neatest of first-time finishes into the very corner of the home net.

Though that did seem to settle the affair a little, in truth neither side really took care of the ball in the first half an hour and so you were never more than one slip away from a piece of goal mouth action, Danny Wright seeing one cross tipped away well by Danny Lewis as Wrexham pressed.

Harriers failed to clear their own lines with eight minutes to go until the break, Declan Walker slamming his own free-kick against the wall with Wright following up with the shot that Mickey Demetriou did well to clear.

In the final minutes of the half there was a good chance each for the teams as an entertaining game showed no signs of letting up; Walker dragging wide for the Dragons before Gash drove firmly but off target from close range as he picked up on Marvin Johnson’s ball. 

Three minutes after the re-start Jonny Hunt tried his luck for Wrexham but his effort was always rising, Harriers man Demetriou following suit four minutes further on with a shot on the angle before Wright, back up at the other end, saw a low effort kept out well by Lewis.

Just after the hour the home side hit back with an equaliser; the yellows made to pay for failing to clear their lines as Wrexham took two or three stabs at the ball around ten yards out – Wright eventually took it upon himself to settle matters as he lashed a volley firmly past Lewis and into the top corner to the joy of the home masses.

Yet Harriers almost went and restored their advantage immediately as Vincent’s ball, headed down by Demetriou across the face of goal, almost found Gash for an easy tap-in before defender Dave Artell got back to hook away the ball at the last.

With 70 minutes on the clock that advantage was put back in place, however – a simply sensational, delightful pass that was weighted to perfection from Demetriou found the path of Gash who timed his run expertly before drawing the goalkeeper and lifting an effort over his head and into the back of the net.

Wrexham duly then responded as Wright planted a header right at Lewis while Gash then almost came close to making it three though a long ball forward from Lewis just eluded him.

A tense finally actually saw Harriers play their most relaxed spell of the game and while sub Callum Gittings might have made it 3-1 to put the issue to bed, the visitors held on for another priceless win.

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