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- HARRIERS tackle Midlands rivals Nuneaton in their final home game of the Skrill Premier 2013-14 campaign
- Can they keep their hopes of making the play-offs alive? Follow The Shuttle's live match blog to find out
That is it! Harriers' home campaign ended in disappointed with a frustrating draw. Win Gateshead winning at Macclesfield and Grimsby beating Hyde, Kidderminster cannot finish in the Skrill Premier's top five. Even a win today would not have been enough.
Gary Whild's team go to Halifax, do have already secured a top five finish, looking to end a season ruined by three months of madness, wih a win.
Harriers have been plugging away and De estriol delivers a cross but O'Keefe fires over from the edge of the box.
84- The attendance is 2022 with 145 away fans.
Changes for both sides. Former Nuneaton skipper Kyle Storer races Amari'i Bell. For the visitors, Pearson is replaced by Louis Moult.
76- Miss! Connor Taylor fires over the bar after being teed up by Greg Pearson.
Chance! Gareth Dean sticks out a long leg to divert Demetriou's goal bound effort. Cieslewicz had made a strong run but Eve dived at his feet, allowing the ball to break to Demetriou.
As it stands, Harriers play-off hopes are over. Ross Hannah has put Grimsby 1-0 up against Hyde. That means they are on 77 points and unreachabld by Kiddy.
Gateshead are winning 2-0 at Macclesfield and are on 76 points and have a vastly superior goal difference compared to the Reds.
Miss! A sspot of head tennis from a Bell free-kick which eventually sees Dunkley nod ball just wide.
61 Superb effort from Jack Byrne, who fires in a 30-yard volley which Eve does well to tip over.
59 - Chance for Nuneaton. Danny Sleath's free-kick snakes through a crowded box and hits the post before bouncing to safety.
Harriers have had most of the ball and are applying pressure but no clear cut chances just yet.
53- Adrian Cieslewicz replaces Callum Gittings.
Adrian Cieslewicz is about to come on.
More bad news for Harriers as Gateshead have 2-0 up at Macclesfield thanks to Marcus Maddison's goal.
Break in play as Theo Streete needs treatment while defending a corner.
Second half is underway.
That is the break. Harriers started impressively but did not take any of the chances they created and Nuneaton have battled back into it. It is also a set back to lose top scorer Michael Gash just before half-time to a suspect muscle/knee injury.
Harriers need to win to have a chance of the play-offs. At the moment, Gateshead are beating Macclesfield 1-0 but Grimsby are 0-0 against Hyde.
45+4 Lee Vaughan is fouled by Streete and Harriers get a free-kick. Bell delivers the ball but Morgan-Smith heads over the bar.
Gash is replaced by Amari Morgan-Smith in first minute of time added on.
Chance! O'Keefe back heels the ball wide.
Bit of a worth here as Gash received a pass from Bell on the left but he seems to have pulled a muscle and the move breaks down as Gavin Crowe comes out to offer treatment.
42- Gash crosses from the right but Eve does well to take the pacey delivery out of the air.
Nearly an own goal! Danny Lewis is forced into a decent save to get onto Gash's glancing header. The striker miscues an attempt to clear Danny Sleath's free-kick.
38- Amari'i Bell has been quiet but he chases down a goal-kick but Dale Eve rushes out to take it.
The last ten minutes have been very evenly-balanced. Hopefully Harriers won't rue not scoring when on top.
Away from Aggborough, there is a set back to Harriers' play off hopes as former Kidderminster player Colin Larkin has fired Gateshead in front against Macclesfield.
26- Miss! Nuneaton have a rare foray forward and create a good chance of their own. Adam Walker runs into the box and crosses but Connor Taylor completely misses the ball.
Amari'i Bell delivers the free-kick and Gash, who has his back to goal, angles an effort over the bar.
20- Gareth Dean is booked for a cynical block to deny Blissett as he raced beyond him.
15- Chance! Harriers are really opening up Nuneaton's defence. Lee Vaughan makes a fine run and cross and O'Keefe has another first time effort blocked - his time by Delroy Gordon.
13- Chance! Mickey De estriol cuts in from right and delivers a low cross which Blissett stabs goalwards at near post but Eve saves.
12- Dangerous free-kick from Jack Byrne and Blisett glances an effort wide at the far post.
9- Chance! Nathan Blissett does very well to hold up the ball and hook it across the box. Josh O'Keefe volleys an effort on target but a defender gets in the way and ball goes behind for a corner.
6- Harriees have started brightly and win a corner. Chey Dunkley heads a fraction wide at far post.
4- Nathan Blissett chases down the ball and nearly causes chaos but a Nuneaton player just makes a clearance.
4- Callum Gittings goes for goal again but this time from distance. His 25-yard effort flies over the bar.
Close! Hrriers nearly score from the kick-off but Callum Gittings flicks the ball wide after a slip by keeper Dale Eve.
We are off!
Harriers are looking for a fourth straight win. They must win today and at Halifax to have a chance of making the play-offs.
They also need fifth-placed Gateshead to lose to Macclesfield and Braintree to drop points at Barnet to achieve their goal. It would also be handy if Grimsby dropped points against bottom aid Hyde, although that is a long shot.
Well, it is fair to say that Gowling, Gash and Vaughan have been influential this season. If Harriers make the play-offs then it will be down partly to their efforts.
An honourable mention must go to Callum Gittings, who has been Harriers' most influential midfielder and Mickey Demetriou, who has been commendably solid at left-back and centre back.
Supporters' player of the season: Lee Vaughan (who has played the most minutes)
Michael Gash is junior supporters' player of the year.
Josh Gowling is away supporters' player of the year.
The Harriers awards presentation have begun. The much missed Steve Millington is club man of the year.
Nuneaton: Eve, Streete, Gordon, Dean, Taylor, Cranston, Walker, Trainer, Sleath, Brown, Pearson.
Subs: Belshaw, York, Moult.
Harriers are unchanged from the side which beat Hyde 3-1. Nick Wright returns on the bench ahead of Aman Verma.
Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Dunkley, Byrne, Gash, Blissett, Grimes, Gittings, O'Keefe, Bell.
Subs: Storer, Wright, Morgan-Smith, N Vaughan, Cieslewicz.
Good morning Harriers fans. It's a make or break day for Harriers, who need to beat Nuneaton to record a fourth consecutive victory and hope that their rivals slip up to keep their faint hopes of making the play-offs alive.
I will be back from 2pm with all the build-up and team news.
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