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Match Report


Posted Sat 24 Aug 13 at 16:45 PM


Harriers kept up their encouraging start to the season with a professional and hard-fought 3-1 home win over Chester at Aggborough on Saturday.

The game was slow to get going in terms of chances but from the off there was plenty of energy from both sides and Harriers had the best of the early pressure with Chey Dunkley producing the hosts' first chance with a header over.

Experienced striker Gareth Seddon saw a shot blocked for Chester and with 26 minutes on the clock Alex Titchiner produced a fine save from Danny Lewis, shooting at the near post and forcing the Harriers custodian to act quickly with his left boot.

Just after the half-hour mark Harriers were ahead as a Kyle Storer corner was hammered home by the unmistakable noggin of Josh Gowling from six yards out; and the lead would be doubled in the dying moments of the half as Callum Gittings bravely stole in to pick up the ball and drop it into the path of winger Marvin Johnson who kept his cool in front of goal to roll it into the bottom corner.

After three and a half games, however, Chester would net their first goal of the season in added time of the first half as a hopeful, lofted cross was nodded in by Danny Harrison, beating Lewis and clipping the upright before settling beyond the line.

Harriers opened the second period with sights of goal from Johnson and Malbon and come the hour mark both industrious players were withdrawn as Harriers made a double change, James Dance and Joe Lolley heading on.

Young striker Lolley has never been shy about trying his luck in front of goal and as the game edged into its last 20 minutes he did that with an effort that was deflected away, ten minutes later fizzing one over the bar after cutting inside.

Chester finished the stronger of the two teams as they had their first real spell of pressure in the game in search of an equaliser but Harriers stood firm and indeed added extra gloss to the score line in injury time - livewire Lolley latching on to an up-field ball to drill the ball past Danby into the bottom corner of the net.

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