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Harriers v Tamworth
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- HARRIERS tackle Tamworth at Aggborough today as they look to continue their title bid. Follow all the action with Shuttle Online's live match blog
- Danny Pilkington and James Vincent return to side for Harriers.
- Formers Reds keeper Tony Breeden starts for Lambs
- Adam Cunnington puts Tamworth ahead in the fifth minute
- Keith Briggs bags a leveller in the 37th minute
- Danny Pilkngton curls in a sublime free-kick in fourth minute of time added on to put home side ahead
- Michael Gash heads in Harriers' third in the 56th minute
- Gash heads home his second to increase home team's lead
- Score: 4-1
It is over! Harriers stormed back from a slow start to win emphatically. Lee Vaughan was deservedly named man of the match but there were a lot do good performances by Reds players.
That sets up Tuesday night's top five clash at Newport County. Thanks for everything, have a fine evening.
Final Harriers change as Mike Williams replaces the excellent Danny Jackman.
Lovely goal. A good run and cross by Lee Vaughan down the right and an unmarked Gash hangs in the air to head home his second of the game.
Goal! Gash! Harriers 4-1 up!
Good attendance today of 2,392 with 143 Tamworth fans.
80- Bit of a scrum from a Tamworth corner but after some head tennis, Ryan Rowe clears.
77- Ryan Rowe beats the keeper to the ball but instead of turning and shooting he is indecisive and shepherd out by the away defence.
Another change for Lambs as Tommy Wright comes off to be replaced by Danny Lloyd.
Second change for Harriers in the 73rd minute as Marvin Johnson replaces Danny Pilkington.
Danny Lewis gets a hand to a header at the far post.
70- Harriers playing some lovely stuff now and Keith Briggs sees a lovely chipped effort fly just over the bar.
66- First change for Tamworth as Darren Byfield, who has just picked up a booking, is replaced by Jake Hessenthaler.
Substitute Ryan Rowe replaces Anthony Malbon on the hour mark and with his first touch forces Breeden into a fine save.
51- Adam Cunnington looks dangerous for away side. He shoots just wide after a slip by Gowling.
Danny Jackman delivers a fine free-kick from the left and Gash makes it two goals in the starts for Harriees when he heads home.
54- Good save by Danny Lewis. Adam Cunnington fires in a fierce shot from the edge of the box and Lewis dives down to get a hand to it and push it behind for a corner.
52- Tamworth trying to get back into game. Tommy Wright sees an overhead kick easily saved by Lewis.
50- Delay in play as Sam Odje needs treatment for an injury.
47- Tamworh force a corner. But the set piece is headed away.
That is the break! Harriers have been forced to work hard by Tamworth but as soon as they equalised the game changed. Danny Pilkington made a difference when he switched from right to left.
48- Free kick to Harriers. Goal! Danny Pilkington!
I forgot to mention that Michael Wylde was booked just after Harriers scored. He was complaining to referee about not getting the ball back quickly enough.
Four minutes of added time.
42- The goal has rejuvenated Harriers. Michael Gash feels he is fouled in box by Odje and Vincent slams an effort over the bar. Gash is convinced it was a penalty but the referee is not having it.
40- Lee Vaughan wriggles past Cunnington and forces a corner. Tamworth defend well but Harriers keep the pressure on.
Harriers conjure up a goal out of nothing. Pilkington crossed from the left and Lee Vaughan smashed a shot in which the keeper saves. Briggs is unmarked and slams ball into back of the net.
I forgot to mention that Tommy Wrightbhas been off for a foul and returns. Dunkley is also back in action.
A scare for Harriers as Kyle Perry cannot quite connect with Darren Byfield's horribly wide shot.
Chey Dunkley is told to come off and change his top because he has a cut. Harriers temporarily down to ten men.
29- It is aimless stuff by both sides at the moment. Harriers are being frustrated by Tamworth and lack their usual fluency.
25- Danny Lewis takes a looping back pass from Lee Vaughan. There is a suggestion that the ball flew off Vaughan as he battled with Cunnington but it was risky by the keeper to catch ball.
23- Tamworth are looking well-drilled here. They are sitting back and trying to hit Harriers on break.
21- Frustration by Pilkington who lambasts lino for flagging for Lee Vaughan's pass going out of play. It had by the slimmest of margins.
20- Tommy Wright puts a lot of pressure on Dunkley and forces a Lambs throw in by Harriers goal. Harriers deal with it.
19- Harriers have responded quite well to going behind and have applied some pressure on the away side. They are yet to really test Breeden though.
17- Good persistence by Chey Dunkley in midfield forces a FK after a Harriers attack is offside. Demetriou's ball goes behind as players jostle for the ball.
14- Some nice passing ends with a shot by Briggs from distance deflecting over the bar for a corner.
Breedem collects Jackman's corner well and ref blows for a foul. Goal kick to Lambs.
There was a break in play as Cunnington needed treatment for a clash of heads. He is okay to continue though.
10- Mickey Demetriou crosses from the left and Michael Gash tries to cushion a header goalwards but it is an easy one for Tony Breeden.
Sorry folks, it was Mickey Demetriou who weakly headed off the line.
Poor defending there as a Harriers player heads the ball off his line straight to Cunnington, who makes no mistakes from 12 yards out.
Goal! Adam Cunnington fires Tamworth ahead!
4- It is a horrible afternoon weather-wise. It is blustery and an intense shower of rain has come in.
2- Harriers have made a brisk start here. They have had one or two attacks already.
1- Danny Pilkington nearly plays in Malbon but Sam Odje just beats him to it.
Former Harriers keeper Tony Breeden starts for Tamworth. Tony was stand-in for Danny Lewis but became a first team regular after Lewis picked up a season ending injury.
Lambs have made three changes from the side which drew 1-1 at Alfreton. Marcus Kelly, Michael Wylde and Kyle Perry are in.
Tamworth: Breeden, Kelly, Wylde, Cunnington, Wright, Byfield, Courtney, Gudger, Thorpe, Odje, Perry.
Substitutes: Wren, Tait, Hessenthaler, Lloyd, Hendrie.
Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon).
Harriers have made two changes from the side which beat Grimsby. Danny Pilkington gets a rare start as Martin Devaney is left out of the squad. With Kyle Storer suspended, James Vincent is drafted into midfield.
Striker Michael Gash makes his home debut for Harriers.
Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Vincent, Malbon, Pilkington, Jackman, Gash, Briggs, Dunkley, Gowling.
Subs: Williams, Rowe, Johnson, N Vaughan Pearson.
Good morning Harriers fans. We are just over three hours away from the home clash against Tamworth.
Steve Burr's title chasing side won't be lacking in confidence after last Saturday's win over Grimsby Town.
But the Lambs have surprised people on their travels, grabbing score draws at high-flying Newport and Wrexham.
We'll have all the latest team news before the 3pm kick-off.