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Posted Sat 22 Feb 14 at 16:45 PM

REPORT: AMARI AT THE DOUBLE IN DRAW

Two goals late on from Amari Morgan-Smith saw Harriers pick up a point at home to Braintree on Saturday having been 2-0 down. 

It was a sprightly enough start by both sides and Santiago Aloi was an early threat for the hosts as his quick feat caused Braintree some problems while the Iron themselves were the first to get a serious shot away as Sean Marks angled a drive at goal that Nathan Vaughan held well.

Harriers continued to dominate possession and after around 20 minutes Danny Jackman's good delivery was almost fired in by Aloi, that effort deflected away to force a corner from which O'Keefe planted a header just off target.

Alan Massey skied an effort for Braintree soon after but, three minutes before the half-hour mark Braintree forced Vaughan into a super stop as a Davis corner was flicked on to Marks who let fly with an accurate volley that the 'keeper did well to parry away.

Josh O'Keefe was doing his defensive duty well in the final minutes of the half as he twice got his body in the way to keep out goalbound efforts while, up at the other end, Aloi once again flashed an effort narrowly off target with a shot across the face of goal.

Mickey Demetriou aimed a free-kick just off target early in the second period but it wasn't long before the visitors snatched the lead; after a Davis free-kick was tipped around the post by Vaughan and from the resultant corner, Harriers failed to clear and Matt Paine was on hand to slam home the loose ball.

Harriers tried to respond quickly with efforts from Storer and Aloi but Braintree's lead was doubled on 66 minutes when the lively Mensah crossed for Dan Holman to finish well at the near-post with virtually his first kick after coming on as a substitute.

Demetriou again tried his best to fashion something for his side moving forward with his own long-range effort that drifted wide of goal inside the last quarter of an hour, Harriers getting a goal back just after thanks to substitute Amari Morgan-Smith's well-taken low effort from close range.

With tails up, you just sensed that might give Harriers a nudge of confidence and it duly did so - the scores levelled as the ball was knocked loose and into the path of AMS who, central to goal and around 12 yards out, fired another good finish past the grasp of Nick Hamman and into the back of the net.

Still the reds pushed and there almost came what might have appeared an unlikely goal for them in the final couple of minutes as Gowling got a good header on to a loose ball but it clipped the bar and away rather than in.

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