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  • Forest Green Rovers 1
  • Harriers 1
  • Paul Green fired home side ahead in the the 12th minute
  • Nick Wright levels for Harriers in the 49th minute
  • HARRIERS face a make or break game at Forest Green Rovers tonight (7.45pm ko). Follow all the action with The Shuttle's live match updates from The New Lawn.


That is it! Harriers had a corner at the end bit it could not make it tell. They were pushing really hard at the end and thought they had been given a slice of luck to win it. In the end, a draw was right as both trams had plenty of chances.


What! The referee gives a goal kick! It is not a goal! it is still 1–1! Remarkable!


Harriers fans behind the goal are convinced it is a goal and are chanting '2-1 to Harriers'.


The referee is waving the incensed home players away. He is now talking to his assistant. 


Forest Green are furious as they feel the Harriers player handled it in at far post. The home players surround the referee. 


88- Nathan Blissett is fouled by Jared Hodgkiss. Harriers think it is a penalty but the referee gives a free-kick. Kiddy really pushing now.

Goal! Amari'i Bell swings it in and it looks as though O'Keefe may have put it in.


Chance! Harriers force a Secnd corner and it looks as an effort hits Lee Hughes on the line! 


87- Lovely move as Cieslewicz break fees and ddelivers a low cross to force a corner.


FGR make their first chance as Lee Hughes is on for Taylor, 86 minutes.


86- Michael Gash is replaced by Nathan Blissett. It is Harriers' final throw of the dice.


But not yet as Aman Verma swings in a free-kick which forces a corner. Bell's ball is taken by Russell through a crowded box.


84- Harriers about to make their final change. Looks like Nathan Blissett will be on for Gash.


81- Chance! Cieslewicz races past giant defender Luke Oliver like he wasn't there and goes for goal but Russell pulls off a fine diving save.


78- Chance! Matt Taylor flashes a shot wide after a good break.


First change for FGR. Bradley Jordan comes off to be replaced by Luke Rodgers.


Well, Cieslewicz has made his name as a dangerous impact player and Harriers ddesperately need a goal. Can he produce a bit of magic?


74- Cieslewicz replaces Amari Morgan-Smith. 


72- Adrian Cieslewciz is about to come on.


71- Lee Vaughan scoops a hopeful ball into the box but Russell takes in comfortably.


Looks as though Verma is playing wide right. It must be a tactical switch as Wright was playing well.


Harriers make their first chance in the 67th minute when the sharp looking Wright is replaced by midfielder Aman Verma.


64- AMS is found by Wright and the striker cracks in an effort which Russell has to dive to push away.


63- Chance for FGR. Bradley Jordan fires wide from edge of the box.


62- Save! Danny Lewis sees Paul Green's effort from the edge of the area late bit does well to get behind it.


60- Amari Morgan-Smith gets the ball past Dale Bennett but is obstructed by the defender. The hitman slips in the box bit no penalty is given.


57- Amari'i Bell whips Ian dangerous free-kick which Russell gets to under pressure from Wright. 

The young winger then races back to win the ball for Kiddy.


All of a sudden the game is very evenly balanced. FGR must be kicking themselves about those wasted chances.


52- Lee Vaughan crosses but Josh O'Keefe gets underneath it at the far post and Russell guides it onto the top netting.


Mickey Demetriou races down the left, breaks into the box and then smartly looks up and slips the ball into the path of Nick Wright, who slotted home. Game on! 


Goal! Wright! 1–1


Second half is under way.


That is the break. Harriers go into the break trailing by just one goal, which at mid way in the first half seemed highly unlikely. 

They have battled back into the game but need to find a higher gear if they are to get back on level terms.


46- Jack Byrne gets a booking for a two-footed challenge on James Norwood. Not a malicious tackle but a bit rash.


45- Matt Taylor chases a long ball forward and swivels a volley straight at Lewis. 


40- Harriers finally taking the game to home side. Lee Vaughan delivers a cross but it is took long.


39- Matt Taylor pokes a shot wide for the hosts.


37- Chance! Nick Wright fires in a shot from on ede of the box but Russell produced a good save. Michael Gash set him up for that.


36- Harriers work the ball into Forest Green's half but Demetrioi smashes a lot effort way wide.


33- The corner comes to nothing but it would be encouraging if Kidderminster could end the first half with a bit more impetus.


33- Jack Byrne has a pop from distance and Russell scrambles to keep it out and concedes a corner. 


32- Eddie Oshodi is getting closer to a goal. From two corners, he sees one on target effort blocked and at a second he directs a diving header wide. Harriers players stood there and allowed him the time and space to do so.


30 - One positive for Harriers is that FGR have lost a bit of their zip but in truth they do not need it as the visitors give them the ball back all the time. Of Kiddy reach the second half trailing by justice goal it will be a miracle.


28- FGR keeper has something to do, which has been a rare occurrence sp far. He plucks a cross from Mickey Demetriou out of the air.


27- Danny Lewis takes a cross from Norwood. 


25- The game has gone a bit quiet but there is very little sign of Kidderminster improving so far they have been out played. 


20- Matt Taylor is allowed to ghost into the box and he volleys wide. It is too easy for the home team.


20- Nick Wright makes a run down the right but the flag is rightly up for offside.


Had a break in play here as Demetriou gets to his feet. He looks winded but will return to the action.


17- Mickey Demetriou needs treatment after being caught by Klukowski. 


Oh dear. James Norwood races down the right, slips the ball to Yan Klukowski, who fires in a firm shot. Lewis parries but Green was on hand to hammer home the rebound from eight yards out.


Goal! Paul Green!


11- Harriers can't get forward at the moment. Lee Vaughan carelessly gives the ball away on the right.


8- Chances galore for FGR! First, Bradley Jordan's effort takes a huge deflection off a defender and flies a fraction wide for a corner.

From Anthony Barry's set piece, Eddie Oshodi hammers in a close range header but a combination of the bar and Danny Lewis' finger tips keep it out.


7- So far, FGR have been pinning Harriers back. They will need to keep the opposition out.


7- Matty Taylor crosses from the left and forces a corner off Lee Vaughan. Anthony Barry's delivery is not good enough and it is cleared.


5- Norwood is looking very lively and get gets free on the right of the box but drags a shot across the face of goal. 


4- From a corner, Norwood heads over the bar.


3- Save! James Norwood just outpaces Jamie Grimes, who pounced on a stray pass. The striker fires in a shot but Danny Lewis rushes put to deny him.


We are go!


We are go!


Of course the real heroes are the 50 strong Harriers fans who walked 65 miles over two days to make this game. They have raised  £28,000 for Macmillan Cancer Research in memory of Steve Millington.


Neither Harriers or FGR come into the game on the back of good results. Both have not won in four.

Kidderminster have not picked up three away points in the Skrill Premier in 12 matches.

But under Gary Whild's solid stewardship, Harriers are a very tough nut to crack, conceding four goals in seven.

The hosts have plenty of goals in them, scoring 72 in 40 games and have a similar defensive record as Harriers


Well, this is a huge game for both sides. A defeat for either would perhaps not end either team's slim play-off hopes but make them incredibly unlikely. 



Forest Green have made three changes from the side which lost to Barnet. Former Harriers hitman Lee Hughes has been dropped to the bench.

Jamie Turley is injured and Al Bangura finds himself on the bench. Dale Bennett, Anthony Barry and Matty Taylor are drafted in for the hosts.


With skipper Kyle Storer hit with a three-match ban following being found guilty of violent conduct after the match at Salisbury, manager Gary Whild has picked the same side which was just edged out by Grimsby on Saturday.


Forest Green: Russell, Hodgkiss, Bennett, Norwood, Klukowski, Taylor, Oshodi, Oliver, Green, Barry, Jordan.

Subs: Bangura, Wright, White, Rodgers, Hughes.



Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Dunkley, Byrne, Gash, Wright, Grimes, Morgan-Smith, O'Keefe, Bell.

Subs: Malbon, Blissett, Verma, N Vaughan, Cieslewicz.


Hello Harriers fans. I have arrived! 


Good afternoon folks. I will be back with all the build-up and team news ahead of this evening's vital match from 7pm.


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