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Summary

  • Halifax 1
  • Harriers 1
  • Josh Wilson fired Halifax ahead in the first minute
  • Nathan Blissett heads home leveller for Kidderminster in the 30th
  • HARRIERS end the Skrill Premier 2013-14 campaign at Halifax this afternoon (5.30pm ko)
  • Follow the final day action with The Shuttle's live match updates

7:25pm

It is over! Harriers finish the Skrill Premier in seventh, five points off the play-off spots. It has been a strange season, with the highs of the FA Cup run but the lows of Steve Burr's departure and Andy Thorn's reign.

Thanks for following my live updates, I hope you have enjoyed them. Hopefully, I will be back to chart the ups and downs next season in the Conference Premier.

7:18pm

Relegation update: Hereford are 2-1 up at Aldershot and Chester are drawing with Salisbury. Bulls out of the drop zone, Burr's boys back in.

7:16pm

Break in play as Halifax's Wilson is having treatment. He is then stretchered off.

7:13pm

84- Cieslewicz replaces AMS.

7:13pm

Looks as though Adrian Cieslewicz is about to come on.

7:11pm

Halifax are making a late push for a winner. Wilson sees a free-kick fly high over the bar.

7:08pm

Final change for Halifax as Paul Marshall is on for Lois Maynard.

7:06pm

76- Two changes for Harriers. Aman Verma and Kyle Storer are replaced by Callum Gittings and Josh O'Keefe.

7:05pm

75- Chance! Marc Roberts makes a late run to far post and slides in but fires wide from a Wilson free-kick.

7:04pm

75- Lee Vaughan booked for a foul.

7:02pm

72- Verman makes a nice run into the box and force a corner. Bell's delivery is headed away.

6:59pm

70- The ball breaks to Lee Vaughan 20-yards out and he fires ina low effort which Senior takes ccomfortably.

6:59pm

Relegation battle update: Chester are 2–1 up against Salisbury, so move out of the bottom four. That means Hereford, who are beating Aldershot 1-0,  are back in the drop zone.

6:54pm

65- Secnd change for Halifax. Dominic Marie's replaces Scott McManus.

6:53pm

63- Halifax struggle to clear a free-kick and eventually AMS sees an effort fly just over the bar. Harriers having a very good spell.

6:49pm

60- Close! The second half is quite exciting. This time, Adam Smith sees a lovely curling effort fly just wide.

6:48pm

58- What a miss! Nathan Blissett cuts in menacingly from the left and tees up AMS. The strike just has to find the back of the net but fires over the bar from 12-yards! 

6:45pm

56-Save! Danny Lewis does really well to tip Wilson's chipped effort onto the upright. Luckily for Harriers, the ball ricocheted away.

6:44pm

53- Save! Senior denies Harriers ahead. This time pushing a firm low drive from Bell behind for a corner. Kidderminster looking extremely bright at the start of the second half.

6:40pm

51- Save! Senior does well to tip over a great volley from Blissett after good work by Verma.

6:38pm

An update on the relegation battle: Hereford are leading 1-0 at Aldershot and Chester are being held 1–1 by Salsibury. The Bulls are out of the bottom four, with Chester back on trouble.

6:36pm

Halifax make a change at the start of the first half. Keeper Phil Senior replaces Matt Glennon. That is a precaution ahead of the play-off games.

6:18pm

That is the break. Harriers have done well to get back into game after shock of falling behind early on. 

The game has a an end of season feeling to it. Halifax's players don't want to get injured or sent off ahead of play-offs and Harriers have nothing but pride to play for.

6:17pm

Are some treatment, the winger is okay to continue.

6:17pm

45- The home fans whistle the referee after Adam Smith had landed awkwardly trying to win an aerial ball.

6:16pm

44- Dunkley rises at the far post to meet a free-kick but heads over the bar.

6:14pm

41- Matty Pearson is booked for moaning to the referee.

6:13pm

40- Danny Lewis does well to get both hands behind a strong 20-yard effort from Matty Pearson. Scott Spencer smashes the follow up wide.

6:12pm

40- Blossett tries to release AMS with a forward pass but it is too long.

6:10pm

39- Free-kick to Harriers but Jamie Grimes smacks it from Harriers half behind for a Halifax goal-kick.

6:01pm

Harriers back on track. Lee Vagusbn delivers a good ball from the right and Nathan Blissett rises highest to head over Glennon on the half hour mark.

6:01pm

Goal! Blissett! 1-1

6:00pm

28- Chey Dunkley quickly clears as McManus tries to control Wilson's header to him. 

5:58pm

26- It has been quite quiet for the last few minutes. Halifax are seeing more of the ball but Harriers are coping.

5:53pm

At the bottom of the table, Hereford's relegation woes increased as Chester have gone 1-0 up against Southport. Chester are managed by former Reds boss Steve Burr.

5:51pm

20- Scott McManus spanks in a shot from distance but the goal is not given because the referee had already blow pen for a Kiddy free-kick after Simon Ainge had fouled Lee Vaughan.

5:49pm

18- Chey Dunkley makes a vital block, stretching a leg high in the air to intercept Lois Maynard's shot as Scott McManus was about to make a dangerous run.

5:47pm

16- Kidderminster looking more purposeful going forward. But Aman Verma shoots wide. 

5:47pm

15- Save! The ball breaks to Bell on the left, who fiercest in a shot and forces  Matt Glennon to make a sprawling save.

5:46pm

13- AMS fires in the ball into the back of the net but the assistant ref had flagged for offside. Nice passing by Amari' Bell and Blissett.

5:45pm

12- Harriers trying to go forward after the shock of conceding so quickly. Nathan Blissett is offside trying to get to Lee Vaughan's cross field pass.

5:41pm

9- Corner to Harriers, won by Blissett.  Played short to Lee Vaughan but his ball is headed away.

5:37pm

It looks as though Harriers are playing 4-4-2, with Verma trying to support Amari Morgan-Smith and Nathan Blissett.

5:35pm

3- Scott Spencer races onto a nice pass from Wilson but Danny rushes out to collect.

5:33pm

Harriers caught napping and winger Adam Smih delivers a cross from the right and Wilaon heads home at the far post.

5:33pm

Goal! Wilson! Harriees trailing 1-0 after a minute.

5:31pm

Here we go!

5:30pm

The teams prepare to kick-off. 

5:23pm

So, both teams without their top-scorers. Gash has scored 14-goals for the Reds, while 30-goal hitman Lee Gregory is kept on the bench ahead of Halifax's play-off matches.

5:21pm

There are three changes for Halifax, who can finish third if they win and Grimsby slip up. James Bolton, Lee Gregory and Paul Marshall miss out. Josh Wilson, Adam Smith and Simon Ainge start.

5:14pm

Halifax: Glennon, C Smith, McManus, Ainge, Roberts, Spencer, A Smith, Pearson, Maynard, Lowe, Wilson.

Subs: Senior, Gregory, Marshall, Crowther, Marie.

Referee: Chris Kavanagah.

5:09pm

Two changes for Harriers. Gash (hamstring) is injured and Callum Gittings is on the bench. Kyle Storer and Aman Verma come in. It looks as though Amari'i Bell will play a more forward role.

5:05pm

Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Dunkley, Byrne, Blissett, Grimes, Verma, Morgan-Smith, Bell.

Subs: Gittings, Williams, N Vaughan, O'Keefe, Cieslewicz.

5:01pm

Torquay's battle to avoid relegation failed, despite beating Mansfield 3-1 today, as they finish bottom of League Two.

Wycombe were beaten 2-1 by Bristol Rovers in a crucial battle. They are second from bottom and with one game left, it is either them, Bristol or Northampton who will be in the Football Conference next season.

4:59pm

We are still waiting for team sheets here at the Shay Stadium but it looks as though Michael Gash (hamstring) won't have recovered in time. 

4:54pm

Well, it is the end of a frankly disappointing season for Harriers. The sense of optimism that enveloped Aggborough in August was destroyed by the mid-season madness which gripped the club. 

But there was some good news this week as Gary Whild was given the job as manager for next season on a rolling one-year deal. Steve Burr's former assistant picked up a team which seemed demoralised and destined for mid-table after Andy Thorn's disastrous tenure.

Whild has lost just one game in 12 matches and will be hoping Kidderminster make it four wins out of five this evening.

Meanwhile, Halifax have enjoyed a brilliant season. The newly-promoted Shaymen have already booked a place in the play-offs. It will be interesting to see what sort of team Neil Aspin puts out.

4:43pm

Hello Harriers fans! I am online. Sorry about the delay. There is no sign of team news yet but hopefully it won't be too long.

12:00pm

Good afternoon folks. I will be online from 4.30pm with all the build-up.

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