Rampant Kidderminster Harriers made it 15 wins from 17 league games to keep up the pressure on leaders Wrexham at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Anthony Malbon's close-range winner was enough to end struggling Nuneaton's spirited resistance on 71 minutes.

After a dire first half, home keeper Lee Burge made a string of second-half saves to keep his side on level terms.

He was finally beaten after denying Kyle Storer and Ryan Rowe, only for top scorer Malbon to steer in the rebound.

After a slow start to the season, it was Malbon's sixth goal in five games, and his 11th of the season, to complete a happy return to Nuneaton for former Boro boss Steve Burr.

Harriers keeper Danny Lewis had a quiet night, but he did have to remain alert eight minutes from time, diving low to his left to turn away Simon Forsdick's shot.

Wrexham's late winner at Barrow means that second-placed Harriers remain two points off top spot.

After successive wins in their previous two games, defeat for Kevin Wilkin's Boro keeps them in the relegation zone, level on points with 20th-placed Gateshead.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Harriers boss Steve Burr told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"We expected a tough game, with Nuneaton fighting for their lives to stay in this division. They're clearly working hard for Kevin Wilkin. He's got them organised. But the way they started I couldn't see them keeping it up for 90 minutes.

"We didn't do enough in the first half but we changed things round and always looked likely to score after that. And, once we did score, we settled down.

"I must congratulate the groundsman here. For a club who also have a rugby team playing on it, the pitch was tremendous. It's one of the best surfaces we've played on in this division."

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Conference Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Nuneaton 0-1 Kidderminster FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Malbon 71

    Nuneaton

    • 23 Burge
    • 03 Phillips yellow card
    • 04 Cowan
    • 05 Dean yellow card
    • 24 McNamee
    • 06 Walker yellow card (Taylor 77)
    • 07 York
    • 12 Armson
    • 14 Forsdick
    • 10 Brown
    • 27 Moult (Sleath 83)

    Substitutes

    • 02 Cartwright,
    • 21 O'Halloran,
    • 11 Adams,
    • 13 Sleath,
    • 26 Taylor

    Kidderminster

    • 01 Lewis
    • 02 L Vaughan
    • 03 Demetriou
    • 22 Dunkly
    • 30 Gowling
    • 04 Storer
    • 16 Jackman
    • 18 Gittings
    • 10 Malbon (Pearson 83)
    • 11 Johnson (Devaney 74 yellow card)
    • 20 Morgan-Smith (Rowe 56)

    Substitutes

    • 23 N Vaughan,
    • 06 Williams,
    • 26 Devaney,
    • 09 Rowe,
    • 27 Pearson
    Ref: BreakspearAtt: 1,087
    NUNEATON
    KIDDERMINSTER

    Possession

    • Nuneaton 50%
    • Kidderminster 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Nuneaton 8
    • Kidderminster 8

    Attempts off target

    • Nuneaton 8
    • Kidderminster 4

    Corners

    • Nuneaton 5
    • Kidderminster 5

    Fouls

    • Nuneaton 12
    • Kidderminster 12
    • Final Result
    • 95:06 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:16 Floated corner taken from the right by-line by James Armson, Andy Brown challenges Kyle Storer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.
    • 90:00+3:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Armson by Kyle Storer. David McNamee takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:57 Cheyenne Dunkley concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Brown. James Armson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:29 Aaron Phillips takes a shot. Save by Daniel Lewis.
    • 89:58 Connor Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Gowling.
    • 87:08 Booking Martin Devaney is shown a yellow card.
    • 84:49 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by James Armson, clearance by Mickey Demetriou.
    • 82:12 Substitution Greg Pearson comes on in place of Anthony Malbon.
    • 82:12 Substitution Danny Sleath joins the action as a substitute, replacing Louis Moult.
    • 81:29 Kyle Storer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:29 Booking The referee shows Gareth Dean a yellow card.
    • 80:59 Martin Devaney fouled by Gareth Dean, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 80:15 Simon Forsdick takes a shot. Save made by Daniel Lewis.
    • 79:44 Aaron Phillips takes a shot. Josh Gowling gets a block in.
    • 76:21 Substitution (Nuneaton) makes a substitution, with Connor Taylor coming on for Adam Walker.
    • 75:02 Handball decision goes against Louis Moult. Daniel Lewis takes the indirect free kick.
    • 73:03 Substitution Martin Devaney comes on in place of Marvin Johnson.
    • 71:54 Adam Walker takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
    • 70:16 GOAL - Anthony MalbonNuneaton 0 - 1 Kidderminster Anthony Malbon finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Nuneaton 0-1 Kidderminster.
    • 69:48 Anthony Malbon takes a shot. Save by Lee Burge.
    • 68:07 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Mickey Demetriou, save made by Lee Burge.
    • 68:07 Booking Booking for Adam Walker for unsporting behaviour.
    • 67:46 Unfair challenge on Danny Jackman by Adam Walker results in a free kick.
    • 66:25 Andy Brown takes a shot. Save made by Daniel Lewis.
    • 65:55 Ryan Rowe takes a shot. Save made by Lee Burge.
    • 64:49 Free kick taken by Kyle Storer, Josh Gowling takes a shot. Save made by Lee Burge.
    • 64:49 Booking Aaron Phillips goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 64:27 Aaron Phillips challenges Marvin Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 63:49 Callum Gittings concedes a free kick for a foul on David McNamee. Direct free kick taken by David McNamee.
    • 63:20 Simon Forsdick takes a shot.
    • 61:11 Unfair challenge on Gavin Cowan by Anthony Malbon results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Burge.
    • 60:19 Close range header by Josh Gowling misses to the right of the goal.
    • 59:52 Danny Jackman takes a inswinging corner.
    • 59:17 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kyle Storer from the left by-line, Lee Burge makes a save.
    • 57:47 Louis Moult produces a cross, clearance made by Mickey Demetriou.
    • 55:35 Free kick taken by Lee Vaughan.
    • 55:35 Substitution Ryan Rowe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Amari Morgan-Smith.
    • 55:35 Foul by David McNamee on Callum Gittings, free kick awarded.
    • 54:50 Wesley York challenges Mickey Demetriou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mickey Demetriou takes the indirect free kick.
    • 54:28 The referee blows for offside against Louis Moult. Indirect free kick taken by Josh Gowling.
    • 54:01 Wesley York takes a shot. Save by Daniel Lewis.
    • 51:42 Danny Jackman takes a shot. Blocked by James Armson.
    • 49:53 Lee Vaughan concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Walker. Lee Burge restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:54 James Armson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Johnson. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Jackman.
    • 47:18 Adam Walker takes the inswinging corner, Kyle Storer makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:32 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+0:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Storer by Andy Brown. Daniel Lewis takes the indirect free kick.
    • 44:42 Effort on goal by Louis Moult from 12 yards. Blocked by Josh Gowling.
    • 42:23 Andy Brown takes a shot. Cheyenne Dunkley gets a block in.
    • 41:37 Corner taken by James Armson from the left by-line.
    • 39:56 Shot from outside the area by Amari Morgan-Smith misses to the left of the target.
    • 38:30 Gareth Dean fouled by Amari Morgan-Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Burge.
    • 36:48 Foul by David McNamee on Callum Gittings, free kick awarded. Danny Jackman takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:18 Unfair challenge on Josh Gowling by Andy Brown results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.
    • 35:30 Anthony Malbon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Dean. Lee Burge takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:09 The referee blows for offside. Lee Burge takes the free kick.
    • 30:29 Unfair challenge on Cheyenne Dunkley by Andy Brown results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.
    • 29:16 Effort from outside the penalty box by Lee Vaughan goes wide right of the goal.
    • 27:07 Gavin Cowan takes a shot. Daniel Lewis makes a save.
    • 26:21 Danny Jackman concedes a free kick for a foul on Louis Moult. Free kick taken by James Armson.
    • 25:34 Effort from inside the area by Louis Moult misses to the left of the target.
    • 23:56 Close range header by Louis Moult goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 23:02 The official flags Amari Morgan-Smith offside. Free kick taken by Lee Burge.
    • 20:51 Foul by Aaron Phillips on Anthony Malbon, free kick awarded. Kyle Storer takes the free kick.
    • 20:01 Short corner taken by Marvin Johnson from the right by-line.
    • 19:36 Anthony Malbon takes a shot. David McNamee gets a block in.
    • 18:12 Wesley York takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 13:59 Kyle Storer takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Dean by Josh Gowling. Free kick taken by Lee Burge.
    • 13:12 Simon Forsdick takes a shot. Daniel Lewis makes a save.
    • 11:53 Unfair challenge on James Armson by Lee Vaughan results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by James Armson. Louis Moult takes a shot. Cheyenne Dunkley gets a block in.
    • 10:59 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Jackman.
    • 10:08 Shot by Kyle Storer. Gareth Dean gets a block in.
    • 8:42 Marvin Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Walker. Free kick taken by Gavin Cowan.
    • 7:19 The assistant referee flags for offside against Louis Moult. Daniel Lewis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:49 Mickey Demetriou concedes a free kick for a foul on Wesley York. Free kick taken by Aaron Phillips.
    • 5:12 The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Malbon. Lee Burge takes the free kick.
    • 4:41 Adam Walker produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 4:16 Shot by Lee Vaughan. Lee Burge makes a save.
    • 3:41 Aaron Phillips crosses the ball, save made by Daniel Lewis.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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