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Posted Mon 28 Mar 16 at 16:45 PM

Depleted Harriers beaten by Tranmere

A depleted Harriers side put in a tireless performance again Tranmere but found the afternoon another to forget as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to the promotion chasers in a less-than-stellar game.

Stunning conditions greeted the two teams at Aggborough and they, between them, served up a start befitting of the setting as within nine minutes, both had worked half-chances at goal; Kelvin Langmead's header being comfortably held by Scott Davies, moments before home stopper  Max O'Leary took control of a low James Norwood shot.

With depleted ranks, Harriers needed a solid first third of this game but they weren't to get it as the visitors stole ahead before the quarter-hour mark. In truth, the goal was aided by Harriers who struggled to keep control of a high ball into the area, allowing it bounce down in between goalkeeper and back-line where a  gleeful Norwood was on hand to poke it in to the net.

That really put the away side in the ascendency and, before Lewis Kinsella could drive a rising effort over the bar on the half-hour mark, Gary Brabin's men really ought to have doubled their advantage as Norwood twice hit off target, a low attempt just rolling wide before a half-volley flashed over the bar.

The pressure continued before the break as, in the half's final minutes, Rovers went close to a second goal when Taylor-Fletcher and Norwood combined, a cross coming in and almost beating O'Leary who got something on it - Harriers just about managed to clear it off the line. 

While Harriers started the second half brightly enough, they still failed to test goalkeeper Davies; some quick feet from Fane was arguably the most dangerous moment as his trickery took him to the by-line before his cut-back hit the side netting.

In truth that was an early and rare flash of interest from either side for a large part of the half as Tranmere looked happy with their lot - happily settling with trying to strike Harriers on the counter-attack while remaining rock-solid at the back.

Sub Luke Maxwell did find the area with a lofted cross on 75 minutes but, although it found the head of Langmead, the former Northampton man's flicked header rarely looked like being seriously troublesome to Davies.

Rovers' first chance of the half came with just eight minutes to go, on the breakaway it was again Norwood involved as he played in substitute Fenwick whose low shot was blocked superbly by O'Leary.

There was a second for Rovers in injury time as Norwood got the better of O'Leary with a low finish after latching on to a long pass up field. 

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