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Posted Sat 08 Aug 15 at 16:45 PM

Report: Harriers 2-2 Grimsby

A fantastic late header from Aman Verma was enough to earn Harriers a share of the spoils on the opening day as they and title-favourites Grimsby Town played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Baking sunshine and a wall of noise greeted the players at kick-off and within three minutes the hosts had seen sight of the Grimsby goal, Luke Maxwell taking aim with a shot that James McKeown dealt with, before his opposite number got down well to deny Padraig Amond as he shot on the angle.

The opening stages, apart from those chances, were little more than a classic battle as the two teams looked to size one another up, Omar Bogle with the next opportunity as his firm drive was held by another save pair of hands from Snedker.

The Harriers custodian produced a trio of sound stops as the half wore on - he was alive again to deny Bogle past the half-hour mark as his lofted free-kick was meat and drink, then Amond with another low keep before the best of the bunch saw him get down low to deny Arnold one-on-one.

The Mariners made a breakthrough they arguably deserved with just three minutes until the interval, the lively Amond beating the offside trap once again before drawing the helpless Snedker and rolling it past him into the bottom corner of the net.

The start to the second half was nowhere near as eventful as the second with Grimsby far less as adventurous and Harriers finding the door firmly shut, and it was a real piece of alertness that got the home side level - McKeown put in a world of trouble by Danny East's heavy backpass; only able to play it straight to the feet of REECE STYCHE who returned it past him and into an empty net for his first of the season.

That joy was sadly short-lived, though - Grimsby head the lead again six minutes, Arnold's corner headed back across goal by Toto Nsiala where Andy Monkhouse swept the ball beyond Snedker and into the net behind which the Town fans celebrated.

Harriers kept moving the ball well and with 17 minutes to go, Maxwell and Craig Reid combined to play in Joe Clarke who, from distance, let fly with a heck of a drive that had McKeown beaten but, also, his far post.

The home side just kept on pushing with real youth and enthusiasm  - it was some of the youth that helped them claim a late, late equaliser when starlet Tahvon Campbell, on as a substitute, swept a beautiful cross deep into the area where Aman Verma met it with the sweetest header you'll ever see to crash beyond McKeown. 

Not a win, but all the signs you'll need that Harriers are up for the fight...

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