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Harriers v Grimsby
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- Harriers 0
- Grimsby 1
- Alex Rodman put Grimsby ahead in the 19th minute
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It is over! Grimsby's well organised defence held off Harriers. While this was Gary Whild's first defeat as Harriers manager, it was ironically their best performance since Sunderland in the FA Cup.
Defeat does not end Kiddeminster's play off hopes but it makes them even more remote and means the Reds have to win at Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday.
Harriers had chances but did not quite have enough in the final third.
92- Save! Adrian Cieslewicz gives the ball away and Alex Rodman firss in a shot which Danny Lewis does well to save.
Four minutes of time added on.
90- Harriers are hit on the break and Lewis has to come rushing out of his box to thump the ball away with John-Lewis rushing goalwards.
87- Danny Lewis mis-controls a pass and concedes a corner. Grimsby do not seem interested in using the corner to create a chance. It is played shot and a Mariners player wanders into the box before finally passing back.
So close! Adrian Cieslewicz firss in a shot from the right but Craig Disley clears it off the line.
80- Final change for Harriers as Aman Verma replaces Amari'i Bell, who was vey bright in the first half but faded after the break.
77- First change for Grimsby as Connor Jennings replaces Ross Hannah.
Nathan Bissett replaces Michael Gash in the 74th minute. That is a big call by Gary While to take off his top scorer.
70- Jack Byrne goes for goal from distance but it is off target.
69- Cieslewicz is determined to get something in the box but after several efforts, Grimsbt finally win the ball back.
68- So close! Gash tees up O'Keefe 20-yards out and the midfielder delivers a lover lofted effort which is only a fraction over.
63- Lee Vaughan takes the free-kick but it is an aimless 35 yard effort which sails over the goal.
61- Paddy McLaughlin catches Jack Byrne with a late challenge.
60- Harriers seeing plenty of the ball and getting forward at every opportunity but they have yet to test the keeper in the second half.
58- Adrian Cieslewicz replaces Nick Wright. The winger has been out injured for three weeks but is a renowned impact player.
57- Le Vaughan crosses from the right but Shaun Pearson does well to beat Gash to it and heads away.
55- Harriers win a corner. AMS takes the set piece but it is very easily cut out.
49- Today's attendance is 2176 (447).
The second half has begun.
That is the break. Apart from Rodman's excellent individual effort, Harriers have been the better side.
Mariners keeper James McKeown has made several good saves. Bell, Wright and Vaughan are playing really well and if they can maintain this performance they can get back into this match.
44- Mickey Demetriou's free-kick is too long and despite Gash giving chase, it goes out for a throw in to away side.
41- Nick Wright tries to thread a pass into the box but it falls to a visiting defender.
39- Harriers have a free kick but Bell's delivery lacks pace and is cleared.
36- I forgot to mention earlier that Lee Vaughan cut in from the right and fired in a shot from an acute angle. McKeown makes a good save.
34- Bell delivers a good corner but McKeown just punches it away. O'Keefe puts in a late challenge to concede a free-kick.
33 Save! Harriers think they have scored but they are denied. Wright delivers a great cross from the right and a late arriving Bell powers in with a far post header which hits the bar. McKeown dives on the ball.
31- Lee Vaughan rides one challenge on the right but is caught by a second. The ball runs to Wright in the box and he crosses, Morgan-Smith hammers an effort wide.
30- Harriers trying to apply to some pressure but Gash accidentally handles the ball to conceded a free-kick.
27- Lee Vaughan breaks into the box but he is off side. Harriers have picked themselves up after going behind.
26- So close! Nick Wright races past Aswad Thomas not a long ball but keeper McKeown saves with his legs. Good response from Kiddy though.
25 - Grimsby trying to pile on the pressure. A Scott Kerr free-kick is only just repelled by the home defence.
The Mariners conjure a goal out of nothing. Alex Rodman tries his luck 20-yards out and it catches out Danny Lewis, who is just off his line.
That is a blow as Kidderminster had started to get on top.
18- Shot! Amari Morgan-Smith tees up the ball to Michael Gash. The striker has managed to evade his marker but from the edge of the box fires over. A good chance.
15- Amari Morgan-Smith chases a long ball down and keeper James McKeown comes out of box and just manages to clear it. The Harriers felt it was a foul on the striker but the referee waves play on.
The numbers on Grimsby's shirts are practically unreadable. Red on black and white, it is like an optical illusion.
12- Both teams trying to zip the ball around with purpose and break with pace. At the moment both sides are giving the ball away but this is shaping up to br a decent game.
10- Good keeping by Danny Lewis, who sprints out of his box and reaches the ball before Lenell John-Lewis can charge it down.
7- Harriers concedes a free kick when Bell trips Alex Rodman. It look as as it is in tr box but the ref blows for a free-kick an Sam Hatton's effort goes over the bar.
5-Nick Wright chases a long ball and gives a little friendly shove on Aswad Thomas. Nothing deserving of a booing and it is good to see the Brummie hitman in aggressive mood.
3- Nothing of note has happened yet.
We are off!
There is a small police prescence in the ground, probably because of the anticipated decent attendance. At the moment, itis the away fans who are making all the noise.
Grimsby have brought a very decent following. It looks as though Aggborough have a very decent crowd.
Harriers are missing the injured Josh Gowling and Danny Jackman as well as suspended pair Callum Gittings and Kyle Storer but they have lots of attacking options on the bench. Anthony Malbon, Nathan Blissett and Adrian Cieslewicz, with the latter back after a three week injury absence.
This is a big game for Harriers. After three draws, the Reds need a win to keep their play-off hopes alive. They face a Grimsby side who have lost just twice in the last nine games and boast a full strength squad.
Gary Whild has handed winger/striker Nick Wright his first start since returning on loan. He will play up front with Michael Gash and Amari Morgan-Smith.
After playing well at left-back last week, it looks as though Amari'i Bell will play on left side of midfield. Mickey Demetriou moves from centre back to left-back, while Chey Dunkley returns from surgery to play in central defence.
With Callum Gittings and Kyle Storer suspended, Josh O'Keefe comes into the side.
Grimsby: McKeown, Hatton, Thomas, Kerr, Pearson, Disley, John-Lewis, Hannah, Rodman, McLaughlin, Boyce.
Subs: McDonald, Neilson, Thanoj, Tounkara, Jennings.
Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Dunkley, Byrne, Gash, Wright, Grimes, Morgan-Smith, O'Keefe, Bell.
Subs: Malbon, Blissett, Verma, N Vaughan, Cieslewicz.
Good afternoon Harriers fans. I will be back from 2pm with all the build-up to today's big game.
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