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Summary

  • Harriers 2
  • Chester 2
  • Goals for Callum Gittings and Chey Dunkley in the sixth and ninth minutes fires Harriers into ann early lead
  • Dunkley sent off for handball in the first minute of second half
  • Craig Hobson scores in the 81st minutes and sub Wayne Riley levels for Chester in the 83rd
  • HARRIERS tackle a Chester side managed by former manager Steve Burr at 3pm this afternoon. To keep up with the action, follow The Shuttle's live match updates.

4:57pm

That is it! Harriers see three points slip away after Dunkley's dismissal and Chester's fight back. It was a game that summed up Harriers's former boss, at 2-0 I never felt it was going to enough. The sending off of Dunkley was the game's turning point. 

4:55pm

90+5 Chester's Matty Brown booked.

4:55pm

94- Jack Byrne makes a desperate clearance as Chester come again.

4:52pm

92- Danny Lewis saves a free-kick from Winn.

4:50pm

Five minutes of added time.

4:49pm

Well, it was almost written that Chester would fight back today in typical Steve Burr style. The big talking point is Dunkley's sending off, which changed the complexion of the game. 

4:44pm

Gareth Roberts his the bar and Wayne Riley powers over the ball over the line! 

4:43pm

Goal! Riley! 2-2

4:41pm

Goal! Craig Hobson heads from a deep cross from the right. It's Harriers 2, Chester 1!

4:38pm

Change for Chester with Wayne Riley replacing Kingsley James.

4:37pm

Today's attedance is 2304 with 397 away fans.

4:36pm

76- Danny Harrison smashes a 20-yard effort wide of Lewis' goal.

4:35pm

75- Corner to Chester. Michael Kay heads wide from a Peter Winn delivery.

4:33pm

74- Harriers stay disciplined as Chester probe and Hobson inadvertently controls a ball with his hand relieve the pressure on the hosts.

4:32pm

72- Phew! Harriers fail to clear a cross from Gareth Roberts and Kingsley James flashes a shot wide. It must have taken a deflection as the referee blows for a corner. 

4:30pm

70- Chester have had a spell of possession but have not carved open Harriers. 

The hosts win a free-kick and Storer finds Gash. The big striker turns and shoots but his effort is blocked.

4:23pm

Third and final change for Harriers in the 63rd minute, with Michael Gash replacing Blissett.

4:20pm

Aman Verma replaces Reid to shore up Harriers' midfield and leave Nathan Blissett as the lone front man.

Steve Burr also makes a change, taking off Iwelumo and bringing on wideman Peter Winn.

4:19pm

Craig Reid races on and scores but the flag goes up for offside! That is the third time this season he has had a goal ruled out for that reason.

4:18pm

57- Another scare! John Rooney fires in a shot that looks as though it will go across the box but Jared Hodgkiss does well to make a timely interception on Hobson.

4:09pm

50- Good response by Kiddy, who win two corners in row! But with a man down, they will have to defend stoutly.

4:08pm

Change for Harriers as Jamie Grimes replaces Marvin Johnson.

4:07pm

Save! Danny Lewis dives to his right to get a hand to Iwelumo's poor penalty. He then blocks Hobson's follow up! 

4:06pm

Dunkley is off! He is shown a straight red card for deliberately blocking a shot with his hand!

3:50pm

That is the break! Harriers could easily be more than two goals ahead. At times they have carved open Chester but at 2-0 this game is far from over. The visitors have provided one of two moments where they look as though they can open up Kiddy's well-drilled back line. 

The next goal is crucial, 3-0 would probably be too much for Chester but if they pull one back then all bets are off.

3:48pm

45+2 - Johnson is fouled and Harriees have a free kick 30 yards out. Nicholson's effort curls over the bar and the top right post.

3:47pm

45+2 Johnson drives in from the right and lets fly and Hall is forced to tip over the shot athletically.

3:46pm

45+1 Rooney delivers a cross from the right and Hobson sees a shot comfortably saved by Lewis.

3:43pm

43- Lovely move by Harriers breaks down as Blissett finds Byrne but the midfielder's pass goes astray.

3:41pm

40- Storer sees a first time effort blocked. 

3:37pm

The atmosphere is a bit strange at Harriers. At one stage, the away fans were understandably stunned into silence but home support were also pretty quiet. 

3:35pm

35- Kingsley James goes for goal from distance but his 30-yard effort sails high over the bar.

3:34pm

34- Harriers continue to look dangerous and Reid does well to hold off a defender and tee up Byrne, who makes another good run into the box, but his shot is straight at keeper Hall.

3:33pm

Miss! John Rooney takes advantage of a Jack Byrne slip to race to the byline and pull the ball back but Chris Iwelumo and Craig Hobson steam in and the ball flies over the bar to Harriers' relief.

3:30pm

Harriers may be 2-0 up and looking capable of scoring more but Harriers fans know that Burr teams have an uncanny knack of stirring fight backs. Most famously when Nick Wright came off the bench and scored a ten minute hat-trick as Harriers came from 2-0 down to beat Newport 3-2.

3:28pm

27- Blissett wins a goal kick in Chester's area but a defender just beats Reid to his knock down. Gittings then let's fly from 25-yard but his effort is well wide.

3:27pm

We are having a break in play as Hodgkiss and Storer get some treatment on the pitch, it is nothing serious though.

3:26pm

25- Chester try to hit back and Craig Hobson tries to run into Harriers' box but he is blocked by Jared Hodgkiss.

3:22pm

22- Phew! Reid and Johnson combine well on the left and a firm header is cleared off the line by Danny Taylor. 

3:20pm

20- Reid races onto an impish back heel by Johnson but he is offside. 

3:17pm

17- Harriers have another coroner but this time Storer's delivery is too deep and the ball goes behind for a goal kick.

3:16pm

What a brilliant start for Kidderminster, they look capable of scoring every time they attack as Chester look very vulnerable in defence.

3:12pm

10 Chance! Craig Reid blazes over the bar! 

3:09pm

Goal! Chester keeper Freddie Hall completely misses Kyle Storer's corner and Chey Dunkley heads home! 

3:07pm

A great start for Harriers! Johnson forces a corner which Storer takes short to Nicholson. He delivers a great deep cross which is headed back across goal. Chester's defence stands still as the ball is played across the box and Callum Gittings slides into score!

3:06pm

Goal! Gittings! 

3:05pm

4- Chester have started positively and have pushed Harriers back.

3:03pm

3- Good play down the right by Chester wideman Kingsley James, who whips in a fine ball and Josh Gowling heads away powerfully.

3:02pm

1- Matty Brown sees a pass go straight to Marvin Johnson but the Harriers attacker is closed down as he drives forward.

3:01pm

We are underway!

2:58pm

Gary Whild and Steve Burr shakes hand and he is given a warm round of applause.

Chester have also brought a large and vocal travelling contingent.

2:56pm

The ground has filled up nicely but the rain is very strong. The pitch will have an extra zip to it, so it should make the game more exciting.

2:51pm

Will Steve Burr get a good reception? I would expect so, he brought so many years of excitement and success that he is a beloved figure at Harriers.

2:47pm

Harriers have made two changes. Jamie Grimes and Aman Verma drop to the bench, with Callum Gittings and Jack Byrne restored in midfield.

2:31pm

Chester: Hall, Brown, Harrison, Kay, Roberts, James, McConville, Iwelumo, Taylor, Hobson, Rooney.

Subs: Heneghan, Riley, Winn, Worsnop, Blake.

Referee: Paul Rees (Somerset)

2:28pm

Harriers: Lewis, Hodgkiss, Storer, Dunkley, Johnson, Reid, Blissett, Byrne, Gittings, Nicholson, Gowling.

Subs: Gash, Styche, Verma, Grimes, Singh.

2:07pm

Here is what Gary Whild had to say in the programme about Steve Burr: "It'll be nice to see Steve back at Aggborough again. As everybody knows he did a great job here so much of the last few years and I am sure you will give him the warm welcome that former faces come to expect and enjoy.

"It certainly will be strange standing across from him in the dugouts and he's done very well in tough circumstances with Chester."

10:16am

Good morning folks. I will be back from 2pm with the build-up to this game.

Harriers will be looking for three points after Saturday's 0-0 draw at Macclesfield but they face a side managed by ex-boss Steve Burr.

It will be the first time he has returned to Aggborough since his departure in January.

During his time at the club, Burr recorded two sixth-placed finishes and guided them to second during the 2012-13 season, where Kidderminster missed out on automatic promotion by the smallest of margins.

But Chester come to Aggborough having only avoided relegation last season because of Hereford's expulsion from the Vanarama Conference. The Blues have struggle for form so far, losing three of their first four games. 

But no doubt Burr will not want to lose at a ground where he enjoyed so much success.

Kidderminster boss Gary Whild, who was Burr's right hand man for  three and a half seasons, has built a well-drilled side who are unbeaten in their first four matches and have yet to concede a goal.

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