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Posted Sat 15 Feb 14 at 16:45 PM


Harriers endured yet more away day misery as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Lincoln City in the Skrill Premier on Saturday.

The away side had a good sniff of goal with no more than four minutes on the clock, Michael Gash with a good knock down in the area to Marvin Johnson who swivelled on it and shot at goal with debutant Nick Townsend gathering it up.

The Imps got their first real sight of the target just prior to the quarter hour mark, a long throw into the area caused problems and Ben Tomlinson almost turned it home though he was denied by two players recalled to the line-up, first defender Chey Dunkley and then goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan.

It was the hosts who did take the lead on 19 minutes as Delano Sam-Yorke robbed the ball in an advanced position and took it toward the by line before crossing to the far post where Ben Tomlinson had the simple task of slotting into the back of the net.

Five minutes later there was almost an equaliser as Josh Gowling met a Kyle Storer corner with a header that hit the underside of the bar and sparked an almighty scramble after which the Imps finally cleared.

Storer's clearance denied Sam-Yorke up at the other end soon after but Harriers continued to create chances of their own, the latest coming as another Gowling header glanced just over the top of the target.

Two further chances came Harriers' way either side of an Alan Power header wide for Lincoln, first Amari Morgan-Smith, on for the injured Gash, forced Townsend into a good low save with a driven effort before Johnson once again took aim with the keeper showing good hands.

A few minutes after the restart Dunkley had a key chance for Harriers to equalise as he met a Mickey Demetriou throw with a fine header that Townsend did excellently to tip over his own bar.

Indeed those long throws proved capable of causing some havoc within the home back-line, another free-kick delivery for Andy Thorn's men close to the hour mark presenting another chance as Johnson saw his next effort well blocked.

A flashpoint on the touchline involving Lee Vaughan - who was booked - set up a meaty period of the game where challenges flew in but neither goalkeeper really found themselves troubled. 

Surges forward became rare for either although at one end, smart play by Harriers sub Freddie Ladapo almost set up Dunkley for a header before Tom Miller fired wide. However with their first effort on target of the half, the Imps went 2-0 up as Tomlinson's firm finish was deflected past Vaughan and into the goal.

Santiago Aloi, another sub, almost came close to pulling a goal back with a fine run to pick up a Demetriou pass before shooting with an effort that glanced just across the face of goal.

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