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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
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!
Five minutes of time added on!
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.
83- Nearly a scare for Harriers as Connor Franklin races into box and evades Gowling's long leg but Storer snuffs out the danger.
80- Harriers make their third change. Striker Greg Pearson on for James Vincent.
76- Devaney sweeps home a shot after Malbon pulls the ball back to him but the keeper saves.
Streete is shown a straight red card for retaliating to Gowling's initial foul. Gowling is also booked.
74- Handbags here as both sets of players get in each other's faces after Street and Gowling tussle.
Second change for Harriers as Martin Devaney makes his debut replAcing Johnson in the 73rd minute.
Second change for Alfreton as Scott Boden replaces Clayton.
71- Alfreton still desperately sniffing and Josh Law fires over bar from 20 yards out.
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.
66- A neat Harriers break ends with Malbon nearly finding Jackman in the box but a defender clears.
The second half has been scrappy and bereft of chances. Alfreton are trying to out muscle home side.
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.
57- Arnold has looked lively for Alf since coming on. He teases Demetriou a bit but his cross in flies over the bar.
55- AMS hooks a ball into the side netting after a nice run and dunked cross from Johnson on left.
53- Alfreton must be conscious that they have an outfield player in goal so are keen to play in Harriers' half.
52- Danny Lewis takes a cross from Arnold.
49- Alfreton make a good start. Josh Law whips in a FK from the right which must evades everyone.
Alfreton make a change. With no keeper on the bench, Leigh Franks goes in goal. Nathan Arnold is on as a sub.
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?
Goal! Johnson crosses from the left and at far post, Malbon volleys it into the back of the net.
45- Three minutes of time added on.
45- Ben Tomlinson is booked for a deliberate hand ball.
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.
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.
GOAL! Gowling! Harriers 2-1 up!
The attendance is 2,209 with 87 away fans.
31- Mickey Demetriou clears off the line from a Tomlinson header at a corner.
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.
Goal! Ben Tomlinson heads in leveller for Alfreton.
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.
26- At the moment Harriers are the better side but they need to add a second goal. Alfreton are industrious but limited.
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.
20- Josh Gowling has stayed up from free-kick and he wins the ball and finds Marvin Johnsson, who smashes a shot just wide.
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.
17- Ricky Shales makes some space down the right. He sees one cross headed out and a second go high and wide.
16- Alfreton working hard here.
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.
12- No more goals on the Conference, so Harriers are second in the table.
8- Well, a perfect start for Harriers. Since the goal they have been camped in Alfreton's half.
Breaking news! Former Birmingham City and Coventry City striker Dele Adebola has sat by Harriers chairman Mark Serrell. Is he another striker joining Harriers?
Goal! Amari Morgan-Smith neatly beats a defender and slots the ball beyond the keeper to fire Harriers ahead inside a minute.
Forgot to mention Mickey Demetriou at left back for Harriers folks.
Alfreton: Barnes, Franks, Franklin, Quinn, Kempson, Law, Bradley, Streete, Meadows, Clayton, Tomlinson.
Subs: Loares, Boden, Arnold, Worsfold, Hewitt.
Referee: Chris Cavanagh (Lancashire).
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.
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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