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Posted Sat 16 Aug 14 at 16:45 PM


Harriers rounded off a strong first week of the season with a solid but deserved 1-0 win over Dartford at Aggborough that was at times far more comfortable than the score line suggests.

Striker Nathan Blissett won his side a corner within ten seconds of this game and that pretty much set the tone of the opening stages, as Harriers totally dominated possession and created a number of chances. 

The first of the dangerous ones came on seven minutes as Jack Byrne nodded downward and just off target from Kevin Nicholson's delivery, before Craig Reid absolutely leathered an effort on the angle from close range that goalkeeper Jason Brown somehow managed to tip over the bar.

The pressure was constant and just a few minutes later Brown was at it again; Chey Dunkley connected with a far-post header, Kyle Storer chesting down the ball before firing towards Brown, a strong palm forcing that one up in the air - Reid netted from the resultant scramble only for his effort to be chalked off for an offside. 

Dartford then came into the game a little more, at least in terms of time on the ball, but Harriers kept the chances coming, including a 27th-minute effort from Byrne who was again in the right place to plant a header off Johnson's delivery that glanced wide.

Rory McAuley had the visitors' first chance around the half-hour mark as he prodded an effort against the upright from close range as Dartford tried to scramble home from a corner, but Byrne came within inches up at the other end as he was threaded through on goal - his low shot saved well by the legs of Brown.

Just four minutes before the break, Harriers finally got the goal their performance to that point had merited; Johnson took the ball down well out wide before moving inward and laying it into the path of Kyle Storer who took one step before rifling in a low effort that sailed past Brown and into his bottom right corner.

Early in the second half Brown was again on hand to deny hit-man Reid as he looked to find the far corner, the goalkeeper turning his effort away, before Blissett got up to meet a header of his own that landed just wide.

Three minutes prior to the hour Blissett went even closer as he connected with Johnson's excellent cross, only for the effort to drop on to the bar and away, Dartford's first effort of the half going much further off target as Adam Green's attempt was wayward.

Inside the last 20 minutes the visitors certainly took more control of the game and they almost snatched an equaliser through Tom Bradbrook's close-range effort, but a timely intervention from Jared Hodgkiss denied him.

That was the sign of a tight finish to come but in the end Harriers saw the win home without the need for Danny Lewis to make a serious save of note all afternoon.

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