Harriers and Peterborough will do it all again in ten days time to decide who goes through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup with Budweiser as the two teams played out a 0-0 draw at Aggborough on Saturday.
In front of a big Aggborough
crowd it was actually the home side who seemed to settle the quickest and within a dozen minutes they'd worked a number of openings to try and take the lead as a Joe Lolley shot was deflected on to the bar and a Lee Vaugan shot was parried away well by goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik.
On 19 minutes Lee Tomlin, a former foe of Harriers from his days with Rushden & Diamonds, raced on to an angled pass before unleashing a shot from just outside the area that flew over the angle of bar on post.
A little after the half-hour mark Lolley again was in behind the Peterborough defence as the home side raced forward in numbers; he took the shot on himself but was denied by a low Olejnik stop while, just after and up at the other end, Danny Lewis
was able to watch Jermaine Anderson's effort fly over the bar.
Four before the break Tomlin forced a good save from Lewis as he swept a free-kick towards his bottom corner from 20 yards, and just moments after the re-start the Aggborough
custodian was in fine form to keep Posh at bay as he tipped over Britt Assombalonga's header.
Kyle Storer and Vaughan both had half chances around the 53rd minute before United's Joe Newell floated one off target and when Shaun Jeffers was played in on goal he should really have broken the deadlock but his shot was blocked away well by Gowling.
Four past the hour mark Vaughan's overlapping run saw him played in on goal but, on the angle, the full-back was only able to fire a shot over the bar. At the other end Jack Payne sent a similar effort away from the target as he took aim from distance.
Into the final third of the game things really did open up and after United had an effort hooked off the line by Vaughan, Lolley went close again with 73 minutes on the clock as his shot off debutant Jack Dyer's shot was blocked, looping up and almost in, landing atop of the net instead.
Eight minutes from time Lewis again came out on top in a duel with Assombalonga as the former Southend man got his head on one at close range but, three minutes later an almighty scramble, set off by Tomlin's free-kick, saw the Posh hit the woodwork on three occasions in around ten seconds, each one cleared off the line thanks to some magnificent defending.