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Posted Tue 25 Nov 14 at 22:30 PM


A stunning Aman Verma goal wasn’t enough for Harriers to claim back-to-back victories as Wrexham held them to a draw at Aggborough.

The midfielder scored after only two minutes to give Gary Whild’s side the perfect start but Connor Jennings’ second-half equaliser earned the Welsh team a point.

At one stage during the game Harriers held a play-off spot, but they ended the game in eighth place, two points off sixth-placed Woking.

Whild left his side unchanged from the starting XI which beat Grimsby Town 2-0 away from home on Saturday, while his opposite number Kevin Wilkin made two alterations, with Jennings and Blaine Hudson replacing Ross White and the suspended Andy Bishop.

At Blundell Park, Marvin Johnson charged down the field to give Harriers the lead after only 66 seconds - and it took them just half a minute longer to break the deadlock on Tuesday night.

Verma to hit his second of the season in style to give his side a brilliant platform - a definite Goal of the Season contender.

Cutting in from the left, Verma advanced before, around 30 yards out, he glanced up at Jon Flatt’s goal and deciding to try his luck.

The midfielder unleashed a right-footed pile-driver which cut through the bitterly cold Worcestershire air and soared into the top right-hand corner.

After 65 minutes, however, Jennings equalised for Wrexham as the visitors grabbed a goal out of nothing.

A rather hopeful long ball was sent upfield by the Red Dragons and the forward burst between the Harriers defence to get onto the end of it.

As the ball fell into his path, he struck a sweet, curling volley from a tight right-sided angle which looped its way past Danny Lewis and into the top corner.

In a game generally low on clear-cut goal-bound chances, Harriers did have good opportunities to double their advantage, with Verma almost grabbing a brace after 15 minutes.

Matt Robinson did superbly to shake off his man down the right-hand side and send in a cross, which was bundled into Verma's path.

The midfielder fired from close range but saw his effort stopped on the line, before Robinson found Hales with another delivery at the near post. 

The 19-year-old, however, swung a close-range chance wide.
Robinson also had a great attempt of his own to get onto the scoresheet with seven minutes of the contest remaining.

The midfielder fired a low drive from just outside the area but, with Flett well-beaten, it rattled the post and bounced clear.

For Wrexham, Wes York and Joe Clarke were denied in the box by two blocks after 28 minutes, before Louis Moult’s close-range effort from a free-kick was well-stopped by Lewis shortly before the interval.

Substitute Nick Rushden snuck in at the near post but was denied late on, as earlier Lewis had to leave his box to make a great clearance before Moult could claim possession.

Jennings’ goal had kept them going during the second half, but Harriers were solid at the back as captain Josh Gowling led by example; a thundering early clearance on the on-rushing Clarke typifying his defensive determination.

The defender was also involved at the other end, sliding in to try and get onto the end of a corner just moments before the visitors went down the opposite side of the pitch to equalise.

Flatt was also called off his line to stop Reid on the hour-mark, a well-timed tackle clearing the danger, while defender Manny Smith stopped Johnson in a similar manner as the winger stood in a good central position on the 73-minute mark.

The winger was in fine form, showing plenty of pace and skill down both flanks as Wrexham had to be on their toes to keep out his crosses, with Hudson thudding clear one of his deliveries with a strong header after 56 minutes.

Johnson turned up the heat late on as his fierce left-sided cross was palmed clear by Flatt with three minutes to go, after Mark Carrington had to make a superb challenge to deny him two minutes earlier.

As Harriers enjoyed the more threatening movements going forward, a sturdy Wrexham side fought well, and a point was perhaps a fair result in a pretty evenly-matched contest.

The point is Harriers’ fourth in four days, and Whild will be pleased to head into Saturday’s trip to Altrincham with his side unbeaten in their last three.

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