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- FOLLOW the action as Harriers take on Cambridge United at Aggborough today (3pm ko)
- On-loan Macclesfield forward Amari Morgan-Smith debuts
- Chey Dunkley bags the opener as Hartiers take the lead
- Marvin Johnson adds a second for Harriers but a Josh Gowling own goal hands U's a lifeline
- Anthony Malbon adds a third for Harriers in the 51st minute
- Michael Gash pulls goal back for U's in 89th minute
- Score: 3-2
Full-time! Harriers hold on for a thoroughly deserved win. They were by far the better side in the second half and the own goal and late strike makes it look like Cambridge were in the match, which they were not.
Good evening folks, I will have a report up in a few minutes. Thanks for following the blog.
There are four minutes of time added on!
Goal! Mike Gash heads into top corner as Cambridge pull a goal back in the 89th minute.
Attendance is a healthy 1,949 with 230 away fans.
Final change as top-scorer Ryan Rowe replaces Marvin Johnson. The wideman has been very good at times.
83- Lee Vaughan's shot forces a corner. Storer's corner is well-defended and Cambrdge break but Mickey Demetriou's strong challenge stops Dunk in his tracks.
80- Kevin Roberts shoot wide for Cambridge, who are showing a bit of fight.
78- Kyle Storer wins the ball off a U's midfielder. Harriers have been the sharper side in the second half.
Second change for Harriers. After a decent debut, Amari Morgan Smith is replaced by another debutee, this time it is Cardiff's Nat Jarvis.
So close! A lovely move sees Malbon just beaten in the air. But the ball falls to Johnson, who smashes in a first time effort which James Brighton bravely blocks with his body.
66- James Vincent curls in a lovely effort from the edge of the box and it is just a fraction high.
63- Danny Pilkington drives forward and flashed in a shot which takes a slight deflection wide for a corner.
63- Second change for U's. Rossi Jarvis off and James Brighton on.
61- Harriers looking dangerous going forward. Morgan Smith sees a header loop up and saved by Ross in goal.
First change for U's as ex-Harrier Tom Shaw is replaced by Andy Pugh.
Lee Vaughan was shown a yellow for a foul on Luke Berry.
Danny Jackman was replaced by Danny Pilkington in the 52nd minute. Sorry, forgot to mention it!
51- Anthony Malbon drives forward and slips the ball past keeper Craig Ross. He celebrates wildly. Harriers 3-1 ahead!
48- From a free-kick, Malbon back heels goalwards but a defender clears. Johnson then crosses waywardly.
Update on the OG. Luke Perry beat Vaughan to the ball and nodded it down into the box and Gowling stuck out a leg. It looked as though Lewis had saved the defender's blushes but it squirmed under his body.
That is the break. Harriers will be kicking themselves for letting Cambridge back into the match after powering 2-0 ahead. Before that it has been a slightly sterile affair. Both teams have been trying to keep the ball on the ground but the home side have been much sharper going forward.
It is evenly poised and I am looking forward to second half.
Oh dear! Cambridge are handed a lifeline. It is a rare mistake at the back as Vaughan makes a hash of clearing a cross and as the ball rolls into the area, Gowling slides into clear, only for the ball to squirm through the arms of Danny Lewis.
42- Goal! Marvin Johnson slams home a left-footed shot into bottom corner! He was set up nicely by the industrious Malbon after a lovely move by home side.
38- Chey Dunkley does well to stick out a long leg and clear the ball before Gash can drive towards Harriers' goal.
37- Malbon has worked incredibly hard for Harriers. Hs willingness to menace the U's defence is making a difference.
36- Cambridge have a chance! Harrison Dunk drives forward and drags a decent hit wide of the far post.
34- good cut out by Kevin Roberts. If had not, AMS would have slammed home from Johnson's cross from the left.
33- Danny Lewis takes a swerving Rossi Jarvis free kick.
Good work by Lee Vaughan to find Malbon in the build-up to the goal.
GOAL! Chey Dunkley flings himself Malbon's cross from the right, who drove the ball from the byline powerfully. Dunkley flung himself at the ball and it came off his torso and flew into the back of the net.
26- Danny Jackman's clipped pass forces a corner, the first of the game. Storer's effort is head back to him but moves breaks down.
Cambridge are edging the match in terms of keeping the ball. They are a neat footballing side.
20- at the moment, it is neat but neither defence is to be breached. Lee Vaughan tries a volley but it flew well wide.
16- Kyle storer nearly releases Amari Morgan-Smith (AMS?) with a nice through ball but it hits the striker on his thigh and chance goes begging.
25- Rory McCauley is booked for a two-footed challenge from behind on Morgan-Smith. It was not bad challenge really and the Harriers man was not hurt.
12- Both teams looking intent to attack and are trying to get the ball down and play. Harriers having a spell of possession at the moment.
9- Josh Gowling blocks a Mike Gash FK and Harriers break. Vaughan finds Johnson but the winger's first touch is poor. He finally drives forward but sees a shot blocked.
It appears that Harrison Dunk is playing for Cambridge, despite being listed as a sub. He is playing instead of Curtis Haynes Brown.
5- Harriers new boy Morgan-Smith sees a shot come off a defender after good work by Malbon on the right.
After heavy rain overnight, the pitch at Aggborough is very sodden with water.
1- Danny Lewis slides into block Rossi Jarvis' shot as U's go on attack from the ko.
Fantastic minute's applause for Charlie Beard, who sadly lost his battle with illness yesterday.
Amari Morgan-Smith makes his debut for Harriers in a forward three with Anthony Malbon and Marvin Johnson. On-loan Cardiff hitman Nat Jarvis is on the bench.
Harriers: Lewis, Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Vincent, Malbon, Johnson, Jackman, Morgan-Smith, Dunkley, Gowling.
Subs: Williams, Rowe, Pilkington, N Vaughan, Jarvis.
Cambridge: Ross, Roberts, Coulson, Shaw, Gash, McCauley, Jarvis, Hughes, Berry, Wassmet, Haynes-Brown.
Subs: Hedge, Dunk, Pugh, Hudson, Brighton.
Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire)
Good afternoon folks! It is a battle of the in-form teams as Steve Burr's play-off chasing side take on the U's.