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Posted Tue 15 Sep 15 at 21:30 PM


TEN-MAN Torquay United suffered late agony at Kidderminster Harriers as the home side snatched a point from a 2-2 draw courtesy of a stoppage time penalty.

It was United who made the more accomplished start with a couple of early corners being headed over before a trademark long throw-in from Exodus Geohaghon caused concern for the home defence as the ball was eventually scrambled clear.

Having had his red card from the last game over-ruled on appeal, Fabian Spiess, was back in goal and he saved comfortably to deny Tahvon Campbell who skipped his way into the area before getting in a low strike.

Moments later at the other end, James Hurst did well to break through the Harriers’ defence only for his strike to hit the base of both posts before bouncing away from goal.

It was a let-off for the home side who fell behind on the quarter-hour mark when Dan Butler was brought down just outside the area and Hurst stepped up to expertly curl the free-kick home, giving the ‘keeper no chance.

Another corner for United gave the home side cause for concern as Hodgkiss was on hand to head clear in front of goal.

Just before the half-hour mark, Briscoe did well to make room for a strike from distance and his effort only just flashed wide of the target.

A neat turn and low strike from Gurjit Singh crept inches wide of the post as Harriers searched for a way back into the game.

As half-time approached, a couple of Geohaghon throw-ins caused problems, the second of which saw the back hacked off the line following a goalmouth melee.

The next action saw Spiess do well to deny the home side from close range.

There was a let-off for United when Reece Styche beat the offside trap and lifted the ball over the advancing Spiess only to see his effort hit the crossbar.

In the closing stages of the first half, another teasing ball in from the Harriers’ right sees Nathan Smith defend well in front of goal as United went in at the break deservedly one goal to the good.

The second period started with a straight red card for Simon Heslop as he halted the progress of Styche as he looked to break away.

With their tails up, a Harriers corner was scrambled away from in front of goal before a first change of the evening saw Bayan Fenwick replace Quigley with 53 minutes on the clock.

The home side soon levelled matters as Aman Verma was on hand to guide the ball home from close range.

United’s response was instant when a ball in from the left was headed back across goal at the far post by Geohaghon into the path of Fisher who couldn’t guide the ball home from close range.

The second goal did arrive for United when a strike was deflected into the path of Hurst who coolly slotted home for his second of the evening.

United have managed to take the sting out of the home side with a hard-working display from the ten-men as Paul Cox and John Ramshaw patrol the edge of their technical area, kicking every ball.

There was a late change as the hard-working Fisher was replaced by Malachi Lavelle-Moore in the final minute.

As we entered stoppage time, the home side were awarded a penalty which Styche converted to make it 2-2.

It was to be the last action of note as the game ended level with the players acknowledging the great travelling support at the end.

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