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Posted Sat 05 Sep 15 at 16:46 PM

Report: Harriers 0-1 Braintree

Harriers search for a win goes on as they were beaten by a single goal from a penalty in a dour game at Aggborough against Braintree. 

The opening quarter hour offered precious little of note in terms of action but after taking time to settle in to the game, the hosts did look to threaten as the likes of Adam Dawson and Reece Styche found space.

On-loan defender Andrew Fox had one of the first sights of goal on 20 minutes as he advanced on the target and took aim with an effort that sailed over the bar, Dan Sparkes registering an attempt for Braintree soon after when his low shot was gathered well by Alex Palmer. 

With just over ten until the break, Braintree broke well and Palmer was again alert to keep hold of a strong header from Sparkes as he rose to meet Simeon Akinola's deep cross, Reece Styche up at the other end warming the palms of Will Norris with a shot from close range.

On 42, Braintree had the lead and it was virtually out of nothing; Chez Isaac got himself goal-side of Lathaniel Rowe-Turner ad was fouled by the defender to the award of a penalty, that skipper Davis did the honours with by blasting straight down the middle. 

Harriers almost went two down around ten minutes after the restart, Sparkes did the hard work and got himself in behind the Harriers defence - he drew Palmer and had the target to aim at, but could only watch on as his shot clipped the post and away.

Akinola then kept Palmer honest with another attempt before the home side had what was to then a rare chance, through sub Tahvon Campbell, as he turned and shot at the near-post where Norris was on hand to smother.

Harriers then began their first real spell of pressure of the game, helped by the pace of Campbell; Styche was played through and was only just about snuffed out by the goalkeeper, while Luke Maxwell forced Norris to tip his low free-kick around the post.

Just as the home side built some momentum, it was punctured with around a dozen minutes to play as two red cards were dished out; Maxwell given his marching orders for an over-the-ball challenge on Woodyard before the Braintree man himself was dismissed no sooner had he picked himself up.

Harriers tried to hassle their way to a response but, in the end, ended the day beaten.

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