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Posted Sat 02 Nov 13 at 16:45 PM

REPORT: BARNET 1-0 HARRIERS

A  single first-half goal ended Harriers strong recent unbeaten league run as they were downed 1-0 at Barnet on Saturday.

The best of the early pressure on a bright afternoon came from the home side and after around ten minutes the first opportunity at goal arrived for them courtesy of Keanu Marsh-Brown as he created some room for himself in the area before powering over the bar.

The first goal would come with 25 minutes on the clock and it came the hosts' way; Harriers failing to clear convincingly from a corner leaving Luisma Villa the simple task of sweeping the ball past Danny Lewis.

Yet almost instantly there was a big chance for a Harriers equaliser after a composed, rising effort from Kyle Storer forced Graham Stack into a smart save before Marvin Johnson then shot low and made Stack bend the ball around the post.

Lee Vaughan lifted an effort on to the top of the goal soon after and, nine minutes before the break Michael Gash forced a header just off target after Mickey Demetriou wrapped his foot around the ball for a cross, the visitors enjoying a solid spell of pressure.

On 40 minutes Barnet sub Harry Crawford might have expected to have netted his team's second before being denied by a powerful parry from Lewis; Gash then up at the other end directing a glancing header just away from the target for Harriers.

The swirling made a footballing contest almost impossible in the early stages of the second half as neither side were able to keep control of the ball and exchange passes, Barnet perhaps closest in that period when Crawford's cross fizzed along the face of goal.

There was a substantial delay midway through the half as Marvin Johnson went down in the area and needed considerable attention before leaving the field on a stretcher.

Joe Lolley, who took Johnson's place, did tremendously well as we entered into the final quarter of an hour; taking the ball down on his chest before blazing an effort at Stack that the custodian did well to parry away from danger.

Harriers pushed forward and bar the odd moment or two the second half was played almost exclusively in the Barnet half, though the Bees defended stoutly to keep out the threat of the men from Aggborough despite having a man sent off deep in injury time.

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