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Posted Sat 13 Sep 14 at 16:45 PM


Harriers fell to a second defeat inside a matter of days as goalkeeping and the woodwork combined to see them downed 2-0 at Braintree Town.

The home side began brightly with some early corners but it was actually Harriers who fashioned the first chance as Reece Styche latched on to Kyle Storer's pass before firing an angled shot wide of the target.

Braintree broke the deadlock on 15 minutes thanks to a fantastic if speculative effort from James Mulley; he took aim from 25 yards with a shot that looked set to curve around the far post but, with a real bend and wind behind it, Harriers were helpless in watching it rise past Lewis and into the very furthest and highest reach of the net.

In reality that lead should have been doubled with around 28 minutes gone, the Iron pushing forward with Sam Habergham as he lofted a fantastic cross into the box that Jordan Cox got up to meet - sending a close-range header over Lewis and the bar when he really should have netted.

Chances were few and far between for the visitors but the industry of Styche almost secured something in the final few minutes of the half as he beat his man at the far post before seeing a firm drive well blocked.

Harriers then applied the pressure for the first time in the day and Kyle Storer came within a lick of paint of levelling the scores though his fine effort hit the post and away to safety, before Jack Byrne's low shot was well saved by Hamann.

If they ended the first half well, Harriers began the second in nightmare fashion as they gifted Braintree a second, a corner drilled towards the far post where an unmarked Kenny Davies steered the ball gleefully beyond Lewis. 

Gary Whild did his bit in quickly introducing some fresh impetus into the attack in the form of Michael Gash and Ahmed Obeng around the hour mark.

The visitors then climbed back into the ascendency just as they did near the end of the first half and after Dunkley had planted a header just off target and Obeng forced Hamann into another fine save, there seemed a sense of inevitability about the fact that more goalkeeping heroics would follow when, with a little over ten minutes to go, Nicholson saw his free-kick forced on to the post.

In between those chances there was a red card for Braintree as Davis saw a second yellow for a foul on Obeng, while time still remained within five of added for Obeng's shot to find the post as Harriers struck the woodwork for a third time.

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