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Harriers v Ebbsfleet
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- HARRIERS take on Ebbsfleet at Aggborough this afternoon and to find out all the latest drama and scores follow our live match blog
- Harriers looking for seventh win in a row in the Blue Square Bet Premier
- It is a battle of second from top versus second from bottom as promotion challenging Harriers tackle struggling Fleet
- Dammy Shitta fired Ebbsfleet ahead in the 12th minute but James Vincent found an immediate reply
- Anthony Malbon fires Harriers ahead in the 61st minute
- Substitute Callm Gittings adds a third in the 87th minute
- Score: 3–1
It is over! Harriers survive a late Ebbsfleet push to record a seventh straight win in the Bue Square Bet Premier. Steve Burr's side level on points with leaders Wrexham, who drew with Alfreton but they have slightly inferior goal difference.
91 Elder slots the spot kick into bottom right corner to ensure a nervy end to the game.
Penalty to Ebbsfleet! Gowling fouls man mountain Elder.
Danny Lewis tips over an effort from Nathan Elder. There are four minutes time added on.
Goal! Gittings! Harriers 3-1 up!
Mike Williams is still warming up just in case he is needed but Gowlong seems okay.
82- Second Harriers change as Ryan Rowe replaces Greg Pearson, who has worked hard.
Changes for Ebbsfleet. Dammy Shitta was replaced by Liam Bellamy in the 80th minute. Larne Azeez comes on for Enver-Marum.
Gowling gets his way and returns to the action.
Harriers are not taking too many chances here as Mike Williams is called over to replace Gowling. Gowling though keeps shaking his head, it looks as though he wants to keep playing.
77-Bit of a worry as Josh Gowling and Liam Enver-Marum collide. Harriers' defender looks stunned but he is able to sit up while being treated by Harriers medical staff.
72- Nathan Elder nearly levels for Fleet but his header hits the bar and flies over!
71- Good save by Edwards! Marvin Johnson does well to play the ball across the box and Malbon. Fires in a shot destined for far corner but Edwards dives to save.
Wrexham have been pegged back at home to Alfreton, so Harriers are level with the table toppers on points but behind on GD.
66- Ooh that was decent. Josh Scott slams in a low which flies just wide.
Keith Briggs is shown a yellow card. Not sure what for but the ref pulled play back for something.
First change for Ebbsfleet as Nathan Elder replaces Tobi Alabi.
Great piece of opportunism by the in-form Malbon. He chased a long ball forward by Demetriou on the left but when Edwards rushed too far out of his box, the young striker angled a beautiful drive into the back of the net.
Goal! Malbon! Harriers 2-1 ahead!
Harriers cranking up the pressure. After a goalmouth scramble, Briggs thumps an effort side from edge of the box.
52- Harriers looking more purposeful so far bit Kyle Storer had missed a really good chance! Marvin Johnson plays ball across the box and it just needs a touch but he fires wide!
46- Harriers nearly take the lead early in the second half. Malbon crosses but Pearson sees his header hit the woodwork.
That is the break. Harriers have been below par in the first half and will need to find their fluency in the second half but Ebbsfleet are making it very hard.
44- So close! Gregg Pearson makes a good run into the box to meet Johnson's cross and manages to knee it goalwards but Preston does well to put it behind with an athletic save.
43- Good spell of pressure from away side. After Harriers defend one corner, Josh Scott's shot is blocked by Gowling for a second. Harriers defend it well.
41- Briggs concedes a FK when he fouls Alabi. Carew delivers the ball but Lewis, who is wearing a cap because of the son, takes it well.
37- Free kick for Harriers as Carew was all over Storer.
The midfielder hits a fine effort which flies just wide and nestles in side netting. Carew is then booked for his efforts.
35- Ashley Carew delivers a corner which Demetriou heads away but when the ball falls to an Ebbsfleet player just outside the area, the home team do not react quickly enough and an Ebbsfleet player fires a poor shot wide.
31- Harriers midfield is not quite working at its best. Vincent and Briggs are trying to swop passes quickly but keep getting in each other's way.
30- Minutes in and it is a game where neither defence looks totally convincing. Ebbsfleet look big and strong up front. At the back, the Kent side are very leaky.
27- Gregg Pearson turns sharply in the box and sees a shot blocked. Malbon pounces on loose ball and sees a cheeky effort saved by Edwards.
23- Ebbsfleet are not out of this game. Josh Scott fires wide when he gets free on the right side of the box. Moments later, Danny Lewis saved Ashley Carew's on target free kick.
A quick note on Harriers' goal. Liam Daish went apoplectic with the fourth official as he was certain either Storer had fouled Enver-Marim or Pearson had fouled Edwards. It did not matter, the goal stood.
Ebbsfleet's goal has merely forced Harriers to step it up and the away defence looks shaky every time the hosts drive forward.
Harriers go close twice! First Preston Edwards makes a fine save. Moments later Pearson misses the ball and Vincent races through in a one on one but he takes too long and Edwards blocks on the floor.
The goal for Harriers was a bit of a scramble. Johnson had delivered a cross from the left. Kyle Storer was big and strong to beat Liam Enver-Marum to the ball. Gregg Pearson also marked the keeper Preston Edwards, who took a tumble as Vincent fired home.
Goal! James Vincent levels! 1-1
12- Goal! Dammy Shitta fires in a rising shot from the edge of the area. Danny Lewis stretched a hand to it everybody thought it had went over the bar but it had looped under to leave Harriers trailing.
11- It is all a bit bitty at the moment. Ebbsfleet have edged first 11 minutes but there is not a lot of quality.
8- In-form Malbon sees his persistence pay off as he hustles Paul Lorraine off the ball but he shoots wide when trying to aim for the bottom corner.
6- Ebbsfleet have started well. A cross comes in from the right but Lewis takes it as Josh Scott steals in at far post.
5- A worry for Harriers as Josh Scott feeds Tobi Alabi in the box, he drives towards goal and with just Lewis to beat he fires wide.
4- Marvin Johnson pounces on a slip by Joe Howe and drives down the left but his cross flies over the bar.
Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish moans at a linesman for some perceived infraction of the rules.
Harriers are wearing black arm bands in memory of Dave Rae, father of directed Ken, who passed away.
Ebbsfleet have brought a handful of fans. All but five are sitting at the away end.
Steve Burr and Anthony Malbon received the manager and player of the month awards for February. This is the second time that Harriers have done the awards double. The last time Burr scooped manager of the month, Harriers lost to Hereford.
A win for Harriers and a loss for Wrexham at home to Alfreton would see Harriers move to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Two changes for Ebbsfleet. Dammy Shitta and Tobi Alabi are in, while Stone and Payne are out.
Ebbsfleet: Edwards, Lorraine, Enver-Marum, Howe, Barrett, Gwillim, Scott, Saville, Carew, Shitta, Alabi.
Subs: Walsh, Elder, Menz, Bellamy, Azeez.
Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon)
Harriers make three changes from the side which edged out Nuneaton in mid-week.
Keith Briggs is thrown into the fray after recovering from a knee injury. James Vincent is restored in midfield and Gregg Pearson, on-loan from Grimsby, makes his first start.
Amari Morgan-Smith has been recalled by parent club Macclesfield, while Callum Gittings is on the bench.
Harriers: Lewis, Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Vincent, Malbon, Johnson, Briggs, Dunkley, Pearson, Gowling.
Subs: Williams, Rowe, Gittings, N Vaughan, Devaney.
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