Grimsby v Harriers

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  • Grimsby Town 3
  • Harriers 1
  • Michael Gash's wickedly deflected effort fires Harriers ahead in the eighth minute
  • Craig Disley finds an equaliser for Grimsby in the 18th minute
  • Scott Neilson fires Grimsby ahead in the 30th minute
  • Neilson makes it 3-1 Grimsby in the 63rd minute
  • HARRIERS will be aiming to get back on track at play-off rivals Grimsby Town tonight (7.45pm ko)
  • Follow all the action with the Shuttle's live match blog.


It is over! Harriers suffer their third straight loss in the league. The difference was finishing but Kidderminster created plenty of chances. They will hoping to arrest their poor run at home to Hereford on Boxing Day. 

Kidderminster also slip to fourth in the table.


90+2 Lolley thinks he has scored but McKeown saves! 


90+1 Great run by Lee Fowler sees Jackman fire a shot from distance just wide. Harriers have played some good football tonight, they have competed but the difference has been finishing.


Three minutes time added on.


Second change for Grimsby as Dayle Southwell replaces Ross Hannah.


85- Good running by Lolley wins a corner. The ball is cleared as afar a Vaughan who lofts an over ambitious effort over the bar.


82- Storer fires in a rising shot but McKeown takes it well.


80- Good save by Lewis, who parries a 35-up yard pile driver from Shaun Pearson.


The attendance is 3,086 with 151 Harriers fans.


77- Paddy McLaughlin replaces Scott Neilson


First change for Harriers as James Dance replaces Anthony Malbon in the 76th minute.


75- Another decent move by Harriees as Storer wins the all and plays Lolley down the right. The young winger plays it in low but Aswad Thomas does well to clear.


72- Cross from Storer but it is too easy for McKeown.


71- Good interplay by Gash and Lolley on the right results in the former lashing a shot over the bar from 20-yards out.


Kyle Storer and Michael Gash both see shots blocked. Harriers desperately need a goal to get back into the match.


Oh dear. Neilson runs through a hole in the defence and as Danny Lewis seems to slip to lofts the ball over him into the back of the net. Harriersnhave had most of the possession but have lacked Grimsby's cutting ebbed.


63- Goal! Neilson! 


Close! Malbon sees a shot from the corner scrambled behind for a second corner. Grimsby just about clear Storer's ball.


59- While Jackman waits to take the set piece, Dunkley and a Grimsby player are told off for jostling.

Jackman's delivery is a good one but Thomas heads away at the far post.


58- Malbon is fouled and Harriees have a free-kick on the right.



Booking for Gowling for a foul on Rodman.


52- Harriers have made a solid start and dominated the early moments of this half but they still lack a bit I'd cutting edge in the final third.


51- Lee Vaughan sprints back and tackles Neilson from behind and is booked. Not a dangerous tackle but technically an infringement.


49- Lovely build-up by Harriers as Lolley races onto Vaughan's pass and flicks it to Malbon but the striker's first touch is too heavy.


48- Lee Vaughan jinks inside side and then fires a shot wide.


48- Lee Vaughan jinks inside side and then fires a shot wide.


46- Neilson tries a chip which is only just wide for Grimsby.


We're off again! 


That is half-time. It has been a breathless first half and both sides could easily have scored more goals. But Harriers are going to have to step it up to get something from this match. 


45+1 Grimsby nearly score a third. Ross Hannah latches onto a long ball and from an angle and Lewis stranded, he shoots into side netting. Phew!


Two minutes of added time.


45- LLenell John-Lewis skies a shot over the bar.


I forgot to mention Craig Disley and Ross Hannah both picked up yellow cards in the last 12 minutes.


43- Harriers have a spell on the ball but cannot penetrate the home defence and then give it away. Grimsby look dangerous every time they go forward.


40- Joe Lolley is having one of those nights where he looks dangerous but it's not quite coming off. He drives in from the right but his pass goes out for a GK.


38- Harriers break from a corner but the move loses momentum when the ball comes to Storer. Eventually Gash tries to drive down the left but Grimsby win the ball back.


36- Joe Lolley has switched to the left-wing and he cuts inside and wins a corner for Harriers.

Storer's ball is headed away by Aswad Thomas.


Chey Dunkley fouls Neilson as he tries to break free and is shown a yellow card.


So close! Almost an immediate reply as Danny Jackman sees a good effort saved by a diving McKeown.


Harriers fail to clear properly and Scott Neilson's shot from the edge of the area seems to take a deflection before beating Lewis.


Goal! Neilson! Harriers trailing 2-1


26- It has been thrilling attacking play from both sides. Surely there will be more goals of both teams keep this up.


25- Chey Dunkley produces a good block to get in the way of a John-Lewis shot. Anthony Malbon holds up ball well but his sweeping  pass to Lolley is too long.


23- So close! Joe Lolley shrugs off several meaty challenges while driving in from the right wing and drives a low left-footed effort wide of far post.


It has been a decent start for both sides but Harriers are going to have to be strong at defending set pieces as Grimsby look effective from them. Their leveller came from a spell of pressure.


21- Kyle Storer drives forward but curls a hopeful effort wide. 


A well worked long throw in move pays off for Grimsby. John-Smith wins the ball in the box and Craig Disley fires in a close range effort which Danny Lewis can do nothing about.


Goal! Craig Disley! 1-1


15- Lee Vaughan concedes a free-kick joints outside the box for a foul on Scott Neilson.

The ball is driven in low and Lee Vaughan diverts it over his own bar.



14- So far Kidderminster have looked very proactive but Grimsby are a dangerous side.


11- Ross Hannah swivels to first in a first time shot but Danny Lewis saves well. 


That was a huge defection off the luckless Shaun Pearson and the ball looped over keeper James McKeown into the back of the net.


Harriers take the lead in the eighth minute when Gash's shot deflects wickedly off a defender into the back of the net.


Goal! Gash! 


7- Lee Fowler goes for goal from distance but his effort sails high over the bar.


6- The game's first shot falls to Lenell John-Lewis, who firest a well hit rising effort which Danny Lewis takes comfortably.


3- A good run and pass from Joe Lolley finds Demetriou on the left Sam Hatton defends well. The corner is headed away.


2- Harriers certainly look lively and Lee Fowler concedes a free-kick for a foul high up the pitch. 


2- Harriers certainly look lively and Lee Fowler concedes a free-kick for a foul high up the pitch. 


1- Anyhony Malbon wins a corner. Kyle Storer's delivery is headed away.


We're off!


Both sets of players walk out and are met by generous applause from the crowd.


We're ten minutes from kick-off and the ground is filling up. A defeat for Kidderminster would see Grimsby leap frog them, so this is an important game for the Aggborough men.


Ho ho ho Harriers' Santa army at Grimsby:


Harriers' fans are certainly in the mood for Chrimbo and a hard core group are wearing Santa outfits. Can Harriers wrap up a three-point present for them? 


Harriers have lost two games in a row and need to kick-off their festive fixtures with a win.

Grimsby are excellent at home and have lost just twice at Blundell Park this season but Kidderminster have won the last three games in Cleethorpes and will hoping to continue their hoo doo over the Mariners.


Slight correction as Riis has played for Harriers against Redditch in the Worcestershire Senior Cup. This is his first senior appearance in the Skrill Premier.


Grimsby: McKeown, Hatton, Thomas, Kerr, Pearson, Disley, Neilson, McDonald, John-Lewis, Hannah, Rodman.

Subs: Colbeck, Cook, Bignot, Southwell, McLaughlin.

Referee: B Toner.


Anthony Malbon and Lee Vaughan return to the starting line-up, with Danny Jackman switching from right-back to central midfield. 

Youth team player Josh Riis makes his senior debut on the bench.


Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Dunkley, Fowler, Gash, Malbon, Jackman, Lolley, Gowling.

Subs: Tolley, Blissett, Dance, N Vaughan, Riis.


Settled into press box and now awaiting team sheet Harriers welcome back Lee Vaughan at right back after sserving his one-game suspension, while Amari Morgan-Smith and Callum Gittings are ssuspended.


Commentator's curse has struck as the rain blows in. Testing conditions for both teams.


I have arrived! It is a very chilly evening but t is dry and we're all set for what is hoped is an exciting Skrill Premier clash.


Good afternoon Harriers fans. I am hoping to be at Blundell Park in good time for tonight's Skrill Premier clash. Follow my updates from about 7pm.


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