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Draw was fair result - Burr
10:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Reports
HARRIERS were unable to conjure up a goal for the television cameras and had to settle for their first Skill Premier draw of the season in a tough battle against well-organised Aldershot Town last night.
Afterwards Aggborough boss Steve Burr accepted that a goalless stalemate was a fair result for his third-in-the-table side.
He said: “It could have gone either way. I thought we came strong towards the last 10 to 15 minutes and just when you want something to drop for you we perhaps didn’t get that happening for us.
“Aldershot closed us down very quickly and got amongst us. They made it tough for us, but we were having a go and I can’t fault the lads for the effort that they put in.
“Our final ball and final decision-making just wasn’t quite there, but sometimes that can happen.”
Harriers’ goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan admitted being “very disappointed” about the deadlock, but was happy to have kept a clean-sheet for the second successive match.
He said: “Over the whole 90 minutes we should have got more than a point out of the game, but Aldershot are a very organised team. They had got a bit of a game plan to stifle us and stop us playing and it succeeded really.
“But we haven’t lost and that’s the main thing. It was a strange game. It was waiting to go any minute really, especially towards the end. But we’ll take a point and it’s a clean sheet.”
It was Harriers’ first draw since a 2-2 home deadlock against Woking last March and the first goalless stalemate since Grimsby visited Aggborough last September.
It was not until the 23rd minute before Burr’s boys gave the Shots serious cause for concern when a cross from Michael Gash found Anthony Malbon, who was just off the mark with a close range header.
Harriers, however, always had to be alert in defence where they were particularly well served by man-of-the-match Lee Vaughan and Josh Gowling.
On one occasion during the first period Aldershot had a chance to edge ahead, but Jake Goodman blazed over while well placed.
The energetic tempo continued during the second half with Harriers forcing a decent save out of Shots goalkeeper Nick Pope when he did well to hold on to a powerful drive from full-back Vaughan on 58 minutes.
Burr began making changes on the hour mark with Kyle Storer and Amari Morgan-Smith being drafted on in the bid knock the visitors out of their stride.
Marvin Johnson also entered the fray in the closing stages, but the switches failed to hold the key to unlocking Aldershot’s solid rear-guard.
Front-runner Morgan-Smith tested Pope with a powerful shot in the 77th minute, but despite a strong finish Harriers were unable to prevent Andy Scott’s men from returning home with a well earned share of the spoils.
Kidderminster: N. Vaughan 7; L.VAUGHAN 8, Gowling 7, Grimes 7, Demetriou 7; Fowler 7 (Johnson, 81), Jackman 6 (Storer, 60, 6); Gittings 6; Malbon 7, Lolley 6 (Morgan-Smith, 60, 6), Gash 6. Subs not sued: Lewis, Angus.
Aldershot: Pope; Oyeleke, Goodman, Webster, Barker; Stanley, Rowlands, Molesley; B. Williams, Young (Paterson, 66), Roberts. Subs not used: L. Williams, Wickham, Douglas, Gibbs.
Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon).
Attendance: 2,049 (147 away fans).
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