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.

9:42pm

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.

9:38pm

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

9:38pm

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.

9:36pm

Three minutes time added on.

9:35pm

Second change for Grimsby as Dayle Southwell replaces Ross Hannah.

9:31pm

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.

9:27pm

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

9:26pm

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

9:25pm

The attendance is 3,086 with 151 Harriers fans.

9:23pm

77- Paddy McLaughlin replaces Scott Neilson

9:22pm

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

9:21pm

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.

9:17pm

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

9:16pm

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

9:14pm

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

9:09pm

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.

9:08pm

63- Goal! Neilson! 

9:06pm

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

9:05pm

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.

9:04pm

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

 

9:00pm

Booking for Gowling for a foul on Rodman.

8:58pm

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.

8:56pm

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

8:54pm

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.

8:53pm

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

8:53pm

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

8:52pm

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

8:51pm

We're off again! 

8:37pm

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. 

8:34pm

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!

8:32pm

Two minutes of added time.

8:31pm

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

8:31pm

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

8:30pm

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.

8:26pm

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.

8:26pm

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.

8:23pm

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.

8:21pm

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

8:19pm

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

8:18pm

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

8:16pm

Goal! Neilson! Harriers trailing 2-1

8:13pm

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

8:12pm

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.

8:09pm

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.

8:09pm

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.

8:07pm

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

8:05pm

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.

8:04pm

Goal! Craig Disley! 1-1

8:03pm

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.

 

8:01pm

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

7:59pm

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

7:57pm

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

7:54pm

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

7:54pm

Goal! Gash! 

7:53pm

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

7:52pm

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

7:51pm

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

7:50pm

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

7:50pm

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

7:48pm

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

7:47pm

We're off!

7:44pm

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

7:38pm

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.

7:34pm

Ho ho ho Harriers' Santa army at Grimsby:
 

7:31pm

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? 

7:26pm

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.

7:22pm

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.

7:21pm

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

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

Referee: B Toner.

7:17pm

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.

7:16pm

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

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

7:02pm

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.

6:51pm

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

6:40pm

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.

12:26pm

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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