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Harriers v Gateshead
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- Gateshead 3
- Harriers 1
- John Oster fires Gateshead in front in the 52md minute
- James Marwood's wind assisted cross makes it 2-0 in the 63rd
- Marcus Maddison makes it 3-0 for home side in the 70th minute
- Marvin Johnson pulls one back in the 90th minute
- Follow the action as Harriers take on promotion rivals Gateshead away this afternoon (3pm ko), with The Shuttle's live match updates
That is it! The difference was Gateshead used the conditions better than Harriers. It was difficult for both sides but Gateshead had the wind pushing them on in the second half.
Defeat mean Harrirs waste a chance to move into top five.
Marvin Johnson pulls one back with a first time effort after good work by O'Keefe.
Goal! Harriers pull one back.
Santiago Aloi is called upon to pep up Harriers when he comes on for Jack Byrne in the 81st minute.
There was a final change for Heed as Jamie Chandler replaces JJ O'Donnell.
A fan dressed in a skirt and tights runs across the track and evades all of the slow reacting stewards.
Noble's first touch is to Marcus Maddison, who firss home a third for Gateshead.
Goal-scorer Marwood is replaced by Ryan Noble.
Just before that goal, Marvin Johnson replaced AMS as Harriers' second change.
Oh dear. James Marwood tries a cross from the left but in the current weather is transformed into a swirling , curling effort which beats Danny Lewis at his far post.
Goal! Marwood. Harriers trail 2-0!
Thorn makes a change. Taking off the anonymous Cieslewicz and replacing him with new signing O'Keefe in the 58th minute.
Phew! James Marwood gets his free-kick over the ball and Danny Lewis only just takes it at second attempt.
First change for Heed as James Brown replaces Larkin.
Oster exchanges passes with Larkin on edge of box and drills a low shot into bottom left corner. Harriers' defence as slow to react.
47- Gittings nips in and drives to byline an pulls the ball back but Gash couldn't quite make contact and ball goes behind for a corner.
Harriers can't make set piece tell.
First the wind and now the rain. To Andy Thorn's credit he still isn't wearing a hat.
That is the break. Harriers have edged a pretty uneventful first half. Both sides have struggled with the strong winds and it might take a freak effort or moment of genius to win it. This is definitely one for the purists.
43 Danny Lewis has three attempts to take a free-kick mid way in Harriers' half. Every time he puts down the ball, the win blows it off it's spot. Bit he eventually succeeds in kicking the ball out for a Gateshead goal-kick.
Harriers have the winds at their backs in this half. It will be interesting to see how they do playing into it after the break as Gatesheadbare really struggling.
37- Callum Gittings goes for goal from 25 yards and Bartlett does well to hold onto it. Harriers have been the better side going forward but that is not saying much.
35- Gateshead break but the ball comes out to Oster on the right but he seems unwilling to cross because of the strong winds.
Mickey returns to action.
30- Harriers have a corner but in this wind it is almost impossible to deliver an accurate ball. Storer's ball hits a team mate and catches Mickey Demetriou in the face who needs treatment.
30- Maddison looks Gateshead's most dangerous player. He drives down the left and gets past Jackman but he tries to loft a cross/shot over Lewis and it curls across goal.
29- Maddison breaks down the left but Demetriou cuts out his cross.
25- Twice Gatshead have had crossing chances down their left but on both occasions the wind has not helped. Maddison delivers the second but it poses no threat to Harriers.
23- Josh Gowling is still in Gateshead's half after a corner and he crosses from the right. AMS lays it off to no one and chance goes begging.
Kyle Storer digs out a shot inside the box but it is straight at Bartlett, who is already stretched out on floor.
Both sets if management have moved to stand on where the mobile dugouts should be. After all the excitement of Peterborough and Sunderland, this is the real non-league for Andy Thorn.
19- Gateshead edged an uneventful first ten minutes but Harriers are seeing more of the ball.
Callum Gittings goes for goal from distance but Bartlett has it covered.
13- Jackman cuts out a cross to concede a corner. Maddison takes it but Vaughan heads away at near post.
11- The wind is very strong. Danny Jackman nips into take the ball off the toes of Marcus Maddison but his pass is just too strong for Gash.
RT @PeteMc78: Thorn and squad watch game from bottom of main stand after wind makes mobile dugouts dangerous http://t.co/HSweQEDWFW— @Royall_flush 01 February 2014
9- Save! AMS breaks doesn't the left and crosses. Michael Gash gets a head to it but Adam Bartlett saves comfortably.
So far, nothing has really happened. Gateshead have had one or two attacks but nothing of note.
Two changes for Harriers as Amari Morgan-Smith and Callum Gittings are restored to the line-up. Freddie Ladapo misses out completely and Jack Dyer has been recalled by Burton from his loan spell.
New signing Josh O'Keefe starts on the bench.
Gateshead: Bartlett, Curtis, Clark, Larkin, Turnbull, Baxter, Marwood, Sirrell, Maddison, Oster, JJ O'Donnell.
Subs: Chandler, Brown, Walker, Holt, Noble.
Referee: Karl Evans (Wigan)
Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Byrne, Gash, Jackman, Gittings, Morgan-Smith, Cieslewicz, Gowling.
Sub: Dunkley, Johnson, N Vaughan, O'Keefe, Aloi.
Gates v Harriers team sheet. Gittings and AMS back in side. O'Keefe on bench http://t.co/Fggptw7pJy— @PeteMc78 01 February 2014
Both dug outs have been taken away. It is not clear where the managers and substitutes will watch the game from.
To illustrate how windy it really is, the home dug out, which is on wheels, is ripped from its moorings by a particularly strong gust of wind and ends up lying face down on the running track.
The away dug out is far more sturdily secured to the ground and remains defiantly immovable. Surely a good omen for this afternoon?
Harriers' record at Gateshead is not the best. Their last win came in 2010 when Chris McPhee scored twice.
In 16 attempts, Kidderminster have won four times, drew once and lost 11 times at Gateshead.
It will be interesting to see what Harriers look like. Will new signing Josh O'Keefe start? And who for?
It was a busy day for manager Andy Thorn who also had Jack Dyer recalled by Burton and saw Lee Fowler, James Dance and Dior Angus leave by mutual consent.
Fowler is the interesting departure. He has missed previous two matches with a knee injury but he was no doubt one of the club's higher earners and joined in the summer on a two-year deal. You wouldn't imagine that he would be cheap to pay off.
As I wrote the previous post, the wind really picks up. It could be a blowy afternoon.
“@PeteMc78: Harriers players march off pitch after inspection. Surface looks okay shape considering rain. http://t.co/hNFQPpPDOO” Wembleyesq— @AdsMatthews 01 February 2014
Good afternoon Harriers! I am at the International Stadium it is a bit cold but despite all the wet weather, the pitch looks okay. It is certainly a big improvement on Hereford's boggy offering on Tuesday.
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