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Posted Sat 16 Apr 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Goalless draw sends Harriers down

Harriers were relegated from the National League on Saturday as a forgettable goalless draw against Barrow ended their long stay in the division.

A fairly placid opening to the game in its first few moments did little to set the tone for a frantic afternoon of action but in fairness both sides played their part in an eventful period just after a dozen minutes.

Barrow came within inches of a lead when a free-kick was deftly lifted on to the head of Simon Grand, the visiting skipper; it bent beyond Dean Snedker and clipped the inside of the post before bouncing near the line and eventually being cleared.

Harriers countered almost immediately as Sweeney and McQuilkin charged down a ball forward, only for Barrow to get back and manage the danger. 

Past the half-hour and, battling some blatant apathy from a disinterested Barrow side, Ben Whitfield charged down a lazy attempted punt from the visiting shot-stopper, leaving him one on one to unleash a shot that was well held.

The start to the second period was barely brighter than the first as neither side really mustered a chance of note, Alex Ray Harvey going closest for Barrow within two minute when his low shot from around 25 yards rolled comfortably into the arms of Snedker. 

The game descended into a tepid and scrappy affair thereafter until, four after the hour, a double effort from Barrow man Wilmer-Anderton woke up one or two - Snedker reactive to tip an initial blast on the angle over the bar before the Bluebirds defender nudged a header from the resultant corner just wide.

Ben Tomlinson then went close for Harriers with just under 20 minutes left, he picked up on a trademark long ball and hit scuffed shot that Snedker had to adjust to parry off target.

Former Lincoln man Tomlinson then established himself as Barrow's main man and with a dozen or so to go, he really should have put them ahead as yet another long punt up field found him through on goal. The angle was narrow and with Snedker out of his goal, the only relief came when the ball hit the post.

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