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Harriers v AFC Telford
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- Harriers looking to bounce back from Macclesfield defeat against AFC Telford tonight (7.45pm ko)
- Follow all the action with The Shuttle's live match blog
- New signing Danny Jackman debuts after signing yesterday from Gillingham
- Marvin Johnson fires Harriers ahead in the 37th minute
- Score: 1-0
It is over! Harriers continue their excellent defensive record as they stonewall a very blunt Telford side. Steve Burr's side thoroughly deserved to win as they had the better chances in the second half while the Bucks offered little going forward.
94- Telford have a FK on the right. Taylor sends it in but Vaughan wins his header at the near post and Gittings clears.
Telford having a bit of pressure Rowe is fouled and Harriers can put the onus back on Telford with a FK.
Fur minutes of time added on.
88- Kyle Storer puts in a slightly high tackle on Spray and concedes a FK. Taylor delivers the ball but Demetriou gets a head to it.
87- Danny Jackman is applauded off to be replaced by Ricky Shakes. A solid debut by the former Gills man.
Final change for Telford as Jamie Spray is on for Jake Reid.
Final change for Telford as Jamie Spray is on for Jake Reid.
Break in play as Storer needs some treatment,. He is okay to continue though.
82- Good tackle by Demetriou to win the ball off Kris Taylor as he drove towards the box.
80- Johnson finds Demetriou on the left but the defender's cross is too hard and flashes through the box.
78- Storer delivers a corner and Johnson fies in a shot at the far post which is blocked and then sends his follow up over the bar.
77- So close! Vaughan crosses and Blissett powers in a far post header but Young shoots out a hand! What a save!
74- Danny Jackman fouls Steve Jones for a Telford FK. it comes to nothing though.
72- Luke Hubbins goes through Demetriou and is rightly booked.
70- Danny Pilkington is replaced by Callim Gittings, while top scorer Ryan Rowe comes on for Malbon.
69- Malbon finds Blissett, who digs out a shot but Young shoots out a hand to save.
Harriers preparing to make a double change as Rowe and Gittings strip off.
67- Jake Reid has tried to put himself about. He makes drifts into the box but under scrutiny from Dunkley sees an ambitious effort fly over the bar.
65- Harriers knocking the about very nicely. A lovely move with eight or nine passes sees the lively Jackman just blocked off in the box.
Harriers really on top now. I still think they need a second goal as Telford are nothing but tenacious.
Double change for Bucks. Former Harrier Richard Peniket replaces Steve Leslie and Luke Hubbins replaces Nathan Rooney.
58- So close! Danny Jackman breaks free down the right and finds Malbon. The low on confidence striker takes a touch too many and fires in a weak shot. Blissett slides in and puts ball over the bar!
54- Harriers are on top but they need a second goal. Former Buck Lee Vaughan drives forward and tries a low 20-hard shot but Young makes a comfortable save.
52- Malbon nods the ball to Blissett, who chests it down and fires I. A first time effort but keeper Young has it covered.
51- Demetriou's poor pass falls to Rooney. He battles his way out wide on the right but Harriers defend well.
50- Steve Jones forces a corner for Telford but Harriers defend it well.
47- Free kick to Harriers but Storer's delivery from left is headed away.
Here is the second half starts
That is the break! Harriers' patience pays off as Johnson's clinical strike fires them ahead. The home side have not been at their most flowing but on a blowy night they will take their lead happily.
Telfprd have scrapped and battled but apart from one Jake Reid shot and Rooney free-kick have rarely troubled the home defence.
46- Nathan Rooney's 30-yard free-kick flies just over the bar for Telford.
40- Johnson creates a chance moments later, when he delivers a low ball from the left but Malbon cannot quite make it.
Goal! Marvin Johnson has been pretty frustrating tonight but he fires Harriers ahead in the 37th minute. He races onto a nice pass from midfield and then coolly slots the ball beyond the keeper.
Good play by Nathan Blissett for that effort, he headed a cross into Storer's path.
34- Kyle Storer thunders in a superb half volley which keeper Ruan Young dives down to save!
32- So far, Harriers have not had a shot of any kind. Their build up play lacks some cutting edge. On the other hand, up and at them Telford have been very blunt but have showed plenty of effort.
30- Jake Reid's shot deflects off a sliding Dunkley for a corner.
The set piece is not great and Harriers have a GK.
29- Josh Gowling wins the ball off Reid in Telford's half and then cleverly wins a FK when fouled. Storer's delivery is headed away by Trainer.
27- Pilkington takes a quick throw in the lino raises his flag because the wideman stepped onto the pitch.
26- Lee Vaughan skips past Leslie and delivers a cross but the wind takes it and the chance goes begging. Home side are starting to get on top.
24- Steve Leslie is found on the right by Jake Reid but the winger tries a cross which flies high and wide. The weather is not conducive to aerial balls.
21- Harriers seeing more of the ball now and Blissett nearly threads in Johnson but a defender reads the situation well. Harriers trying to prise open Telford with neat passing. With the wind blowing crossing seems to be a no no.
20- Danny Jackman heads the ball behind for a Telford corner. Steve Leslie sends in the ball but Josh Gosling heads away.
18- Neat interplay on the right by Johnson and Vaughan comes to an end as Phil Trainor intercepts a neat pass.
17- There is no flow to this game, it is being broken up by fouls on both sides. This plays into Telford's hands. They will be happy to keep the scores level.
14- Kris Taylor is given a telling off by the referee and then booked for fouling Nathan Blissett.
12- Steve Leslie pounces on a pass from Storer which is taken by the stiff breeze.
He races down the right but his cross is blocked by Vaughan.
11- Harriers create their first chance. Kyle Storer wins the ball in midfield and drives forward.
He finds Marvin Johnson on the left and the wideman whips in a low cross but Malbon cannot reach it.
8) Telford doing their best to disrupt Harriers. The ball is spending a lot of time in the air.
6) At the moment it is a bit scrappy. Harriers are yet to find their rhythm.
5 - Jake Reid fires in a shot for Telford but Danny Lewis is equal to it.
3 Telford's Dan Preston fouls Blissett and Harriers have a FK.
Kyle Storer swings in a decent ball but it hits a Bucks defender and is scrambled away.
Bucks boss Andy Sinton has new signing Richard Peniket on the bench after joining on-loan from Fulham.
The Stourbridge born hitman had a spell at Harriers earlier in the season.
Telford: Young, Salmon, Preston, Rooney, Trainer, Kinsella, Jones, Reid, Leslie, Taylor, Rose.
Subs: Valentine, Hubbins, Peniket, Spray, Collister.
Referee: Kevin Johnson (Weston-Super-Mare)
Harriers have handed new signing Danny Jackman his first start since signing from Gillingham yesterday.
Danny Pilkington also starts, while Nathan Blissett also is included in the line-up.
Harriers: Lewis, Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Malbon, Johnnson, Blissett, Pilkington, Jackman, Dunkley, Gowling.
Subs: Williams, Rowe, Shakes, Gittings, M Vaughan.
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