Harriers v Alfreton

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  • HARRIERS will be aiming to continue their excellent run against struggling Alfreton at Aggborough this afternoon and fans can follow the action with The Shuttle's live match blog
  • One change as Danny Jackman replaces Danny Pilkington. Ricky Shakes continues to deputise at right-back for injured Lee Vaughan
  • Amari Morgan-Smith scores first goal for Harriers inside first minute
  • Ben Tomlinson heads in leveller
  • Josh Gowling heads Harriers back into the lead
  • Anthony Malbon volleys in home side's third goal
  • Theo Streete sent off for Alfreton
  • Score: 3-1

4:58pm

It is over! Harriers grind out a scrappy win to rise to second in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

They were not at their best bit it is a fifth straight win to enhance their Football League dream. I thought Kyle Storer was superb in midfield. Harriers off to Nuneaton on Tuesday night. Thanks for everything, have a good night! 

4:52pm

Five minutes of time added on! 

4:49pm

87- Pearson is fouled by Kempson on the left for a KHFC free-kick. Storer whips in a decent ball but fair play to Franks who scrambled it away.

4:46pm

83- Nearly a scare for Harriers as Connor Franklin races into box and evades Gowling's long leg but Storer snuffs out the danger.

4:43pm

80- Harriers make their third change. Striker Greg Pearson on for James Vincent.

4:38pm

76- Devaney sweeps home a shot after Malbon pulls the ball back to him but the keeper saves.

4:37pm

Streete is shown a straight red card for retaliating to Gowling's initial foul. Gowling is also booked.

4:36pm

74- Handbags here as both sets of players get in each other's faces after Street and Gowling tussle.

4:34pm

Second change for Harriers as Martin Devaney makes his debut replAcing Johnson in the 73rd minute.

4:33pm

Second change for Alfreton as Scott Boden replaces Clayton.

4:32pm

71- Alfreton still desperately sniffing and Josh Law fires over bar from 20 yards out.

4:30pm

67- Emergency keeper Franks makes a good point blank save to deny Malbon, who manages to get on the end of a high ball and fire it goalwards.

4:29pm

66- A neat Harriers break ends with Malbon nearly finding Jackman in the box but a defender clears. 

4:27pm

The second half has been scrappy and bereft of chances. Alfreton are trying to out muscle home side.

4:21pm

58- First change for Harriers as Amari Morgan-Smith has bee replaced by Nathan Blissett. AMS has done okay but has had less impact in second half.

4:20pm

57- Arnold has looked lively for Alf since coming on. He teases Demetriou a bit but his cross in flies over the bar.

4:17pm

55- AMS hooks a ball into the side netting after a nice run and dunked cross from Johnson on left.

4:16pm

53- Alfreton must be conscious that they have an outfield player in goal so are keen to play in Harriers' half. 

4:13pm

52- Danny Lewis takes a cross from Arnold.

4:12pm

49- Alfreton make a good start. Josh Law whips in a FK from the right which must evades everyone. 

4:06pm

Alfreton make a change. With no keeper on the bench, Leigh Franks goes in goal. Nathan Arnold is on as a sub.

3:54pm

Something I have yet to mention. It looks as though Alfreton keeper  Phil Barnes picked up an injury earlier when challenged by Marvin Johnson, so perhaps the visitors have been hampered by that.

Saying that, the leveller was a test of Harriers' character and they roared back impressively. Could they add more goals in the second half? 

3:49pm

Goal! Johnson crosses from the left and at far post, Malbon volleys it into the back of the net.

3:48pm

45- Three minutes of time added on.

3:47pm

45- Ben Tomlinson is booked for a deliberate hand ball.

3:44pm

40- Kyle Storer challenges for an aerial ball and wins it but leaves Dan Meadows prostrate on the pitch. The Alfreton midfielder goes off for treatment but be looks okay. Nothing wrong with that challenge by the Harriers man.

3:41pm

Morgan-Smith is fouled and wins a free-kick. Storer delivers a good FK on the left and and an unmarked Gowling atones for his slip earlier to head in Harriers' second goal.

3:39pm

GOAL! Gowling! Harriers 2-1 up!

3:36pm

The attendance is 2,209 with 87 away fans.

3:34pm

31- Mickey Demetriou clears off the line from a Tomlinson header at a corner.

3:33pm

That goal came from Josh Gowling giving the ball away I midfield. Alfreton break and from a cross on the right, Tomlinson is unmarked  and heads in.

3:31pm

Goal! Ben Tomlinson heads in leveller for Alfreton.

3:29pm

27- Leigh Franls gets a telling off for a clumsy challenge on Danny Jackman. The pint-sized midfielder bounces straight up and gets on with game.

3:28pm

26- At the moment Harriers are the better side but they need to add a second goal. Alfreton are industrious but limited.

3:26pm

23- Demetriou crosses from the left and Malbon steals in at near post but Kempson heads beyond for a corner. 

Alfreton fail to clear Storer's ball and after the ball pings around, Gowling sees a header loop wide.

3:23pm

20- Josh Gowling has stayed up from free-kick and he wins the ball and finds Marvin Johnsson, who smashes a shot just wide.

3:22pm

19- Harriers earn a FK on the right after Shakes is impeded. Storer's low delivery is poorly cleared and Harriers retain possession. It ends with Demetriou smashing a shot off a defender for a throw in.

3:20pm

17- Ricky Shales makes some space down the right. He sees one cross headed out and a second go high and wide.

3:19pm

16- Alfreton working hard here.

3:17pm

14- Good save by Danny Lewis, who dives athletically to beat away Paul Clayton's volley. Alfreton's top-scorer sending out the message that they can pose a threat of Harriers fall asleep.

3:14pm

12- No more goals on the Conference, so Harriers are second in the table.

3:11pm

8- Well, a perfect start for Harriers. Since the goal they have been camped in Alfreton's half.

3:07pm

Breaking news! Former Birmingham City and Coventry City striker Dele Adebola has sat by Harriers chairman Mark Serrell. Is he another striker joining Harriers?

3:04pm

Goal! Amari Morgan-Smith neatly beats a defender and slots the ball beyond the keeper to fire Harriers ahead inside a minute.

3:00pm

Forgot to mention Mickey Demetriou at left back for Harriers folks. 

2:35pm

Alfreton: Barnes, Franks, Franklin, Quinn, Kempson, Law, Bradley, Streete, Meadows, Clayton, Tomlinson.

Subs: Loares, Boden, Arnold, Worsfold, Hewitt.

Referee: Chris Cavanagh (Lancashire).

2:33pm

Right folks, here is team news. Steve Burr makes one change from the side which won at Forest Green.

Danny Jackman starts for Danny Pilkington, who is not in the squad. Ricky Shakes stays at RB as Lee Vaughan is injured with a groin problem.

Martin Devaney debuts on the bench.

Harriers: Lewis, Storer, Vincent, Malbon, Johnson, Jackman, Shakes, Morgan-Smith, Dunkley, Gowling.

Subs: Williams, Blissett, N Vaughan, Devaney, Pearson.

1:01pm

Good afternoon Harriers fans.

Harriers will be striving for a fifth straight win in the Blue Square Bet Premier when they take on out of form Alfreton at Aggborough (3pm ko).

I will be back a little later with team news and all the build-up.

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