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Posted Tue 11 Mar 14 at 21:30 PM


Harriers did plenty of the pretty and some of the ugly on Tuesday night to record an important 2-1 home win over Macclesfield Town.

If Harriers did well to start their last home game with a goal inside a minute, they did even better to equal that task against the Silkmen when, with goalkeeper Rhys Taylor of his line, Callum Gittings eyed an opportunity and duly took advantage by leathering an absolutely 'worldy' of a volley up and over his head and crashing into the back of the net!

And yet with just eight minutes gone it was almost 2-0 as electric Harriers pushed forward again, a delightful half-volley from distance by Mickey Demetriou thundering back off the bar with Taylor well beaten again, Anthony Malbon firing the first-time rebound just over the target.

It took Macclesfield 20 minutes to register an effort at goal when Paul Turnbull's curling free-kick bent narrowly wide of Danny Lewis's post, while ten minutes later it was the Macc keeper Taylor keeping his side in it as he saved bravely from the feet of Lee Vaughan's low cross as Amari Morgan-Smith and Malbon prowled dangerously.

Six minutes before the break we had a goal at either end  as Harriers strode further ahead only to be pegged back; first a strong break saw sub Marvin Johnson lift a great pass into the path of AMS who watched it down expertly before firing it low past the onrushing Taylor. Just after, though, the Silkmen grabbed one back through Whitaker's well-taken angled drive past Lewis with the hosts arguably caught cold.

The visitors were the brighter of the two teams at the start of the second half and the lively Whitaker again took aim at goal with a neat curled effort that bent just away from the target.

Three shy of the Harriers almost grabbed a third through a free-kick that was drilled towards the far post by Gittings and met by a stern volley from Josh Gowling that crashed into the side-netting rather than just inside the target.

The two teams traded spells of pressure on the edge of the respective areas; Vaughan's cross fizzing pas the face of Taylor's frame before Jamie Grimes and Danny Jackman then put in some superb defending to keep out Macc at the other end.

AMS directed another shot off target as he searched for his second of the night and, with eight minutes left there was a return debut at Aggborough for loan marksman Nick Wright.

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