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Posted Tue 18 Aug 15 at 21:30 PM

REPORT: Harriers 1-3 Wrexham

Andre Wright's first ever professional career goal wasn't enough to give Harriers a share of the spoils against Wrexham as the ten-men of Aggborough were beaten 3-1.

The setting for the game could barely have been better - fine, late sunshine and a strong crowd.

It was the visitors who first took aim, James Gray firing into the side netting when better options awaited him in the area, Manny Smith then nodding a header wide at the far post as Shaun Newton crossed into the area. 

With less than a dozen on the clock Reece Styche registered the first home chance of the night as he bulldozed past a number of the visiting number before curling an angled drive wide of Cameron Belford's goal, and soon after Tahvon Campbell almost opened his account, driving an effort from a free-kick barely a hair wide of the far post.

Wrexham opened the scoring on 20 minutes, Smith snatching the final touch as Newton's delivery from a free-kick slipped through the grasp of Dean Snedker and in to the back of the net to the delight of the sizable away following.

The hosts really struggled to find any form of confidence after conceding the goal and for a spell the Welsh outfit were in complete control, a rare chance coming for Harriers as Jordan Tunnicliffe nodded an Aman Verma delivery over the bar.

On the stroke of half time the impressive Campbell set off on another run and, after Styche was played the ball, the striker struck a firm effort that Belford showed some safe hands to keep hold of. 

Harriers were dealt a further blow soon after the restart as Styche was given two yellow cards in quick succession, the latter a foul on Smith that saw him given an early bath. What was a bad night for the reds got worse less than ten minutes into the half as Newton curled a splendid free-kick beyond the reach of Snedker and in to the top corner from some 20 yards.

Six past the hour Snedker made a fantastic save to deny Vidal who struck a curling effort towards the far post, Belford up at the other end making a good save himself to deny Verma who aimed a near-perfect header towards the far post off Dawson's corner. 

With ten to go Harriers at least did their best to ensure there was a more stirring end to the game as they clawed one back; another Dawson delivery whipped into the area where, at the back post, Andre Wright finished in off the post.

Harriers even withdrew skipper Jared Hodgkiss in favour of pushing on at the last but, in the end, to no avail, as Smith's lob over Snedker into five minutes of added time put an end to the push.

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