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  • Harriers 2
  • Chester 2
  • Goals for Callum Gittings and Chey Dunkley in the sixth and ninth minutes fires Harriers into ann early lead
  • Dunkley sent off for handball in the first minute of second half
  • Craig Hobson scores in the 81st minutes and sub Wayne Riley levels for Chester in the 83rd
  • HARRIERS tackle a Chester side managed by former manager Steve Burr at 3pm this afternoon. To keep up with the action, follow The Shuttle's live match updates.


That is it! Harriers see three points slip away after Dunkley's dismissal and Chester's fight back. It was a game that summed up Harriers's former boss, at 2-0 I never felt it was going to enough. The sending off of Dunkley was the game's turning point. 


90+5 Chester's Matty Brown booked.


94- Jack Byrne makes a desperate clearance as Chester come again.


92- Danny Lewis saves a free-kick from Winn.


Five minutes of added time.


Well, it was almost written that Chester would fight back today in typical Steve Burr style. The big talking point is Dunkley's sending off, which changed the complexion of the game. 


Gareth Roberts his the bar and Wayne Riley powers over the ball over the line! 


Goal! Riley! 2-2


Goal! Craig Hobson heads from a deep cross from the right. It's Harriers 2, Chester 1!


Change for Chester with Wayne Riley replacing Kingsley James.


Today's attedance is 2304 with 397 away fans.


76- Danny Harrison smashes a 20-yard effort wide of Lewis' goal.


75- Corner to Chester. Michael Kay heads wide from a Peter Winn delivery.


74- Harriers stay disciplined as Chester probe and Hobson inadvertently controls a ball with his hand relieve the pressure on the hosts.


72- Phew! Harriers fail to clear a cross from Gareth Roberts and Kingsley James flashes a shot wide. It must have taken a deflection as the referee blows for a corner. 


70- Chester have had a spell of possession but have not carved open Harriers. 

The hosts win a free-kick and Storer finds Gash. The big striker turns and shoots but his effort is blocked.


Third and final change for Harriers in the 63rd minute, with Michael Gash replacing Blissett.


Aman Verma replaces Reid to shore up Harriers' midfield and leave Nathan Blissett as the lone front man.

Steve Burr also makes a change, taking off Iwelumo and bringing on wideman Peter Winn.


Craig Reid races on and scores but the flag goes up for offside! That is the third time this season he has had a goal ruled out for that reason.


57- Another scare! John Rooney fires in a shot that looks as though it will go across the box but Jared Hodgkiss does well to make a timely interception on Hobson.


50- Good response by Kiddy, who win two corners in row! But with a man down, they will have to defend stoutly.


Change for Harriers as Jamie Grimes replaces Marvin Johnson.


Save! Danny Lewis dives to his right to get a hand to Iwelumo's poor penalty. He then blocks Hobson's follow up! 


Dunkley is off! He is shown a straight red card for deliberately blocking a shot with his hand!


That is the break! Harriers could easily be more than two goals ahead. At times they have carved open Chester but at 2-0 this game is far from over. The visitors have provided one of two moments where they look as though they can open up Kiddy's well-drilled back line. 

The next goal is crucial, 3-0 would probably be too much for Chester but if they pull one back then all bets are off.


45+2 - Johnson is fouled and Harriees have a free kick 30 yards out. Nicholson's effort curls over the bar and the top right post.


45+2 Johnson drives in from the right and lets fly and Hall is forced to tip over the shot athletically.


45+1 Rooney delivers a cross from the right and Hobson sees a shot comfortably saved by Lewis.


43- Lovely move by Harriers breaks down as Blissett finds Byrne but the midfielder's pass goes astray.


40- Storer sees a first time effort blocked. 


The atmosphere is a bit strange at Harriers. At one stage, the away fans were understandably stunned into silence but home support were also pretty quiet. 


35- Kingsley James goes for goal from distance but his 30-yard effort sails high over the bar.


34- Harriers continue to look dangerous and Reid does well to hold off a defender and tee up Byrne, who makes another good run into the box, but his shot is straight at keeper Hall.


Miss! John Rooney takes advantage of a Jack Byrne slip to race to the byline and pull the ball back but Chris Iwelumo and Craig Hobson steam in and the ball flies over the bar to Harriers' relief.


Harriers may be 2-0 up and looking capable of scoring more but Harriers fans know that Burr teams have an uncanny knack of stirring fight backs. Most famously when Nick Wright came off the bench and scored a ten minute hat-trick as Harriers came from 2-0 down to beat Newport 3-2.


27- Blissett wins a goal kick in Chester's area but a defender just beats Reid to his knock down. Gittings then let's fly from 25-yard but his effort is well wide.


We are having a break in play as Hodgkiss and Storer get some treatment on the pitch, it is nothing serious though.


25- Chester try to hit back and Craig Hobson tries to run into Harriers' box but he is blocked by Jared Hodgkiss.


22- Phew! Reid and Johnson combine well on the left and a firm header is cleared off the line by Danny Taylor. 


20- Reid races onto an impish back heel by Johnson but he is offside. 


17- Harriers have another coroner but this time Storer's delivery is too deep and the ball goes behind for a goal kick.


What a brilliant start for Kidderminster, they look capable of scoring every time they attack as Chester look very vulnerable in defence.


10 Chance! Craig Reid blazes over the bar! 


Goal! Chester keeper Freddie Hall completely misses Kyle Storer's corner and Chey Dunkley heads home! 


A great start for Harriers! Johnson forces a corner which Storer takes short to Nicholson. He delivers a great deep cross which is headed back across goal. Chester's defence stands still as the ball is played across the box and Callum Gittings slides into score!


Goal! Gittings! 


4- Chester have started positively and have pushed Harriers back.


3- Good play down the right by Chester wideman Kingsley James, who whips in a fine ball and Josh Gowling heads away powerfully.


1- Matty Brown sees a pass go straight to Marvin Johnson but the Harriers attacker is closed down as he drives forward.


We are underway!


Gary Whild and Steve Burr shakes hand and he is given a warm round of applause.

Chester have also brought a large and vocal travelling contingent.


The ground has filled up nicely but the rain is very strong. The pitch will have an extra zip to it, so it should make the game more exciting.


Will Steve Burr get a good reception? I would expect so, he brought so many years of excitement and success that he is a beloved figure at Harriers.


Harriers have made two changes. Jamie Grimes and Aman Verma drop to the bench, with Callum Gittings and Jack Byrne restored in midfield.


Chester: Hall, Brown, Harrison, Kay, Roberts, James, McConville, Iwelumo, Taylor, Hobson, Rooney.

Subs: Heneghan, Riley, Winn, Worsnop, Blake.

Referee: Paul Rees (Somerset)


Harriers: Lewis, Hodgkiss, Storer, Dunkley, Johnson, Reid, Blissett, Byrne, Gittings, Nicholson, Gowling.

Subs: Gash, Styche, Verma, Grimes, Singh.


Here is what Gary Whild had to say in the programme about Steve Burr: "It'll be nice to see Steve back at Aggborough again. As everybody knows he did a great job here so much of the last few years and I am sure you will give him the warm welcome that former faces come to expect and enjoy.

"It certainly will be strange standing across from him in the dugouts and he's done very well in tough circumstances with Chester."


Good morning folks. I will be back from 2pm with the build-up to this game.

Harriers will be looking for three points after Saturday's 0-0 draw at Macclesfield but they face a side managed by ex-boss Steve Burr.

It will be the first time he has returned to Aggborough since his departure in January.

During his time at the club, Burr recorded two sixth-placed finishes and guided them to second during the 2012-13 season, where Kidderminster missed out on automatic promotion by the smallest of margins.

But Chester come to Aggborough having only avoided relegation last season because of Hereford's expulsion from the Vanarama Conference. The Blues have struggle for form so far, losing three of their first four games. 

But no doubt Burr will not want to lose at a ground where he enjoyed so much success.

Kidderminster boss Gary Whild, who was Burr's right hand man for  three and a half seasons, has built a well-drilled side who are unbeaten in their first four matches and have yet to concede a goal.


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