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Posted Sat 06 Sep 14 at 16:45 PM

REPORT: HARRIERS 2 GATESHEAD 1

Harriers kept up their unbeaten run at the start of this season as two goals right after half-time saw them record an excellent 2-1 win over Gateshead at Aggborough.

In front of an impressive crowd and equally-strong sunshine, Harriers made a good start against one of the division's front-runners and etched out a third-minute chance as Nathan Blissett strode towards goal before lifting a shot over the target occupied by former Harrier Adam Bartlett.

Both sides treated the ball with a real respect and so it was a real battle of skills and wills in the first half, Harriers again going close on 18 minutes, first as Marvin Johnson's deadly delivery was turned behind for a corner - Chey Dunkley heading the resultant set-play over the bar.

Gateshead's first chance of the day followed soon after as Jon Shaw's close-range effort was handled well by Danny Lewis, JJ O'Donnell then driving a free-kick wide of the near-post from around 20 yards.

Inside the last ten minutes of the half Josh Gowling was in amongst the defending as his headed clearance dealt with Alex Rodman's shot that was certainly destined for the target, before Jamie Grimes up at the other end saw one effort deflected into the path of Kevin Nicholson who, up supporting the attack, rifled an effort from 18 yards narrowly over the bar.

The second half was not even ten seconds old when the hosts left their guests totally and utterly stunned with quick two-goal raid; the first straight from the kick-off as Craig Reid netted his first ever goal for Kidderminster as he turned on the ball in the area and tucked it beyond the reach of Bartlett, his strike partner Blissett then also getting off the mark for the season barely two minutes later as his powerful headed effort dipped beyond the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

That left Aggborough rocking as Harriers took total control, almost adding a third through Kyle Storer with a little over five gone after the restart, though his first-time attempt was always rising and glanced over the upright. 

Four after the hour Gateshead got themselves a goal back with one of their first real attempts of the day, some good initial defending from Dunkley not followed up on as a deep cross was nodded past Lewis from close range by Shaw.

The momentum with them, the Heed almost found a leveller through Danny Wright as he swivelled on an effort and drove it over the bar with real strength and power, Lewis doing well as we entered into the last 15 minutes as he held on to a Rodman free-kick. 

In the end Harriers held on and secured the win - it may have been tense late on but, again, Lewis was left without a major saves to make and his side were left to celebrate another great three points.

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