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Harriers v Macclesfield
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- Follow the action as Harriers look to make it two wins in a row against Macclesfield at Aggborough from 3pm today
- To interact as the game unfolds, comment on Peter McKinney's live blog or Twitter users can follow @PeteMcK78
- Hat-trick hero Ryan Rowe starts against Steve Burr's former side
- Chey Dunkley, Ryan Rowe and Marvin Johnson have hit the target for Harriers
- Score: 3-0
Harriers have four minutes of extra time to get through. Can they keep a clea sheet?
Since Johnson's goal, Macclesfield have pressed for a goal but simply cannot find a way through well-drilled Harriers.
Ricky Shakes replaces Anthony Malbon in the 82nd minute.
GOAL! Marvin Johnson lashes in a superb shot after Macc fell asleep in defence as a GK. Three nil to Harriers now!
Lee Vaughan is booked a foul in the box. Macc make a change with Christ Holroyd replacing Peter Winn in the 73rd minute.
Ryan Rowe is given a standing ovation as he is replaced by Marvin Johnson in the 59th. Looks as though it's a precaution because of his earlier knock.
Lance Cronin produces another fine save. Keith Briggs picks up ball on edge of the box and curls a lovely shot in but the keeper is just about equal to it!
Ryan Rowe needs some treatment after injuring his ankle. He limps off but is okay to continue.
Callum Gittings is having some treatment and is replaced by debut boy Adam Watkins, who is on loan from Luton.
Macc sub in 59th minute. Amari Morgan-Smith replaces Charlie Henry.
Macclesfield are stunned but Wade Fairhurst sees his overhead kick go over the bar.
James Vincent also goes close. Harriers have scored either side of half-time to leave Macclesfield reeling.
GOAL! Ryan Rowe scores to make it 2-0! He swaps passes with Mickey Demetriou and side foots home with a left footed shot.
Macclesfield are all over the place at set-pieces. From a Lee Vaughan cross, Keith Briggs skims a header wide.
Josh Gowling nearly scores! From a corner, Josh Gowiling heads goal wards but Cronin makes. Flying header.
Harriers nearly go 2-0 up! Lance Cronin blocks Ryan Rowe's deflected FK.
That's the break. Harriers go into the break with a deserved lead. They have defended solidly againsta Macc side who have dominated the ball but have not been able to break hosts down. That was Dunkley's first goal for club from Harriers' first corner of game.
GOAL! Chey Dunkley throws himself at Callum Gittings' corner to thump a header into back of the net. Harriers are ahead!
Lee Vaughan makes a good challenge on Charlie Henry as he drives into the box.
Anthony Malbon breaks free and from 25 yards goes for goal with a lob which is off target. Not a bad idea at all but execution was not quite good enough.
Ryan Rowe goes so close! Lee Vaughan slips the striker into the box and he fires in Good effort which Lance Cronin saves with his legs at near post.
Anthony Malbon does really well to beat two defenders to a long ball and then slip it to Keith Briggs. The midfielder goes for a chip which is a bit too high. Promising play by Harriers though.
Josh Gowling is marshalling the defence expertly at the moment. The centre back has several vital interventions. To Harriers credit they have then tried to play it nicely forward on the counter.
Harriers are happy to soak up the pressure and try and hit Macc on the break. Anthony Malbon is caught offside but you feel home side will get this right.
So close! The FK is tapped by Ryan Rowe to Mickey Demetriou. And he drives in a low shot which is only a fraction wide of right post.
Lee Vaughan's tenacity wins a free-kick 20 yards out. The defender drove forward and despite several Macc tackles he battled on to win the set piece.
Blissett is just offside again. That is the second time Harriers have tried to release the striker with angled balls from right.
Lee Vaughan produces a fine tackle in the box to stop Craig Braham Barrett in his tracks.
Keeper Nathan Vaughan punches the corner away though.
Harriers are having to defend as Macclesfield monopolise play. Still, their defensive record this season is pretty good.
Lee Vaughan plays a ball down the right but Nathan Blissett is a fraction off side.
Ryan Rowe shows his menace with a surging run and a deflected shot which keeper Lance Cronin takes. A good sign for home side though.
Macclesfield have made a bright start and Winn feeds Fairhurst, who spins and directs a low effort wide.
Barnes-Homer holds up the ball well and plays it back to Peter Winn, who fires. Low shot just wide of the left post.
Blonde bombshell Matthew Barnes-Homer tries his luck from distance but it is easy for keeper Nathan Vaughan.
Macclesfield have the first attack after a break down the left. Wade Fairhurst's shot from the FGR of the area dips just over the bar.
Matthew Barnes-Homer is sporting a close shaved blonde hair do and bright orange boots. That will make him easier for him to be mark by Harriers' defence!
The are a few connections between Harriers and today's opponents. Boss Steve Burr is an absolute goal-scoring legend for the Silkmen but will be hoping Ryan Rowe continues his goal-scoring heroics after being put in the starting line-up.
For Macclesfield, Ex Reds striker Matthew Barnes-Homer, who they sold to Luton for £75,000 three years ago, leads the line for the visitors.
Ryan Rowe starts for Harriers after his hat-trick heroics against Cambridge.
New signing Adam Watkins, on a month's loan from Luton, is on the bench.
Harriers: N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Vincent, Rowe, Malbon, Blissett, Gittings, Briggs, Dunkley, Gowling.
Subs: Lewis, Williams, Johnson, Shakes, Watkins.
Macclesfield: Cronin, Jackson, Mills, Brown, Braham-Barrett, Winn, Murtagh, Mendy, Fairhurst, Barnes-Homer, Henry.
Subs: Wedgbury, Morgan-Smith, Holroyd, Mackreth, McNamee.
Refere: Peter Bankes (Merseyside).
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