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Posted Sat 26 Apr 14 at 19:15 PM


Harriers ended their season with a fully-deserved point at FC Halifax on Saturday but were arguably unlucky not to have taken all three from The Shay.

It was a nightmare start for the visitors and as early as the 65th second they were a goal behind, Josh Wilson netting for Halifax as he was left totally unmarked to meet an Adam Smith cross at the far post with a downward header past Danny Lewis.

It might have been worse five minutes later as similar defending saw Simon Ainge presented with a chance for a Halifax second, but his header was over the target.

Harriers came into the game at the quarter-hour mark and came close to a leveller; first Amari Morgan-Smith's low shot found the net only for an offside flag to rule it out before goalkeeper Matt Glennon made a good stop with his feet to keep out a drive from Amari'i Bell.

The equaliser would come, however, and it did so from the head of Nathan Blissett as the  big striker rose to meet a superb Lee Vaughan cross to plant the ball past Glennon and into his net for the hit-man's third of the campaign.

Four before the break Halifax might well have equalised as Lewis was forced to parry away Matty Pearson's shot from distance, it fell to the feet of Scott Spencer who should have netted but could only send the rebound over the target.

Five minutes after the re-start Harriers almost stole ahead but were denied by a fine save from substitute goalkeeper Phil Senior who, on for Glennon, did excellently to tip over a great first-time volley from Bissett as the big man came close to his second.

Senior then denied Bell at the far post as Harriers piled on some pressure, but the hosts more than stayed in the game and on 55 minutes it was almost them with the second goal as Wilson unleashed a shot at goal that thumped off Lewis's bar. 

To say it was an end-to-end affair would be an understatement and the chances kept coming for both teams, AMS firing one over at close range for Harriers before Adam Smith bent a fizzed effort just off target for the Shaymen.

Lee Vaughan's driven volley then tested Senior's palms once more before Marc Roberts turned a Halifax free-kick off target and the tricky Adam Smith did similar with a low attempt after cutting inside. 

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