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Posted Mon 21 Apr 14 at 16:45 PM

REPORT: HARRIERS 0-0 NUNEATON

Harriers ended their Aggborough season with a frustrating 0-0 draw against Nuneaton Town on Saturday, their play-off hopes now over for another campaign. 

Harriers went close to making a breakthrough early on - very early on in fact, about ten seconds to be precise; bursting forward, an energetic  Callum Gittings burst past a couple of Nuneaton players before hooking a shot at goal that glanced just wide of the target with goalkeeper Dale Eve rooted to the spot.

With just seven minutes gone Chey Dunkley nodded a header down that crashed into the side netting; Josh O'Keefe's volley off a Nathan Blissett knock-down then deflected just over the top as chances kept on coming, big Bliss himself next up as his powerful header from a free-kick delivery was also just wide of Eve.

Adam Walker crossed for Nuneaton on 26 minutes as they fashioned their first opening of the day but Connor Taylor fluffed his lines in front of goal with a miss-kick; Gash then going close up at the other end as he looked to latch on to a Dunkley's long pass.

The visitors slowly edged themselves further into the game and five minutes before the break Danny Lewis was forced into a good save - he got down excellently to secure the ball off Michael Gash's header as the striker tried to clear a Town free-kick.

Early in the second half, headers from defensive duo Dunkley and Jamie Grimes sent Harriers close once more, but it was the visitors who went within inches of a first goal near the hour mark as a Danny Sleath free-kick curled towards goal and clipped the post before heading out.

Jack Byrne was next to have a chance for the home side as they kept racking up the attempts on goal - the midfielder's rising effort from 20 yards almost dipping into the net before Eve intervened with a strong palm over the bar.

With just a quarter of an hour gone a trademark, powerful run from sub Adrian Cieslewicz sliced the visitors open and after he managed to beat Eve to the ball, it spilled to the feet of Mickey Demetriou who saw his goal-bound attempt cleared from almost on the line.

Soon after, Walker blazed over the bar for Nuneaton from close range when placed to do much better but, all in all, a frustrating afternoon came to an end without any more goal mouth action.

In any even, a winner would have mattered little thanks to results elsewhere - boss Gary Whild takes his run to one defeat in 12 matches and we're left to wonder what  might have been...

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