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Back on track

Sam Shilton put the Harriers back on track for the play-offs tonight when he grabbed our first ever goal at Spotland.  This win moves us up just one place in the league but with York dropping two points at Carlisle it narrows the gap slightly.

With probably the toughest run in of any club we must win our four remaining games to go higher.  The two most important being this weekend when we play fellow hopefuls Wrexham and then travel to York on Easter Monday.  The proverbial six pointers.

Harriers manager, Ian Britton, made just one change to the side that lost at Oxford, bringing back Drewe Broughton in place of Andy Bishop.  He knew that against Dales big defenders Drewe would be able to make more of an impression than Bish.

Surprisingly there was no place for Scott Stamps in defence after some poor defensive displays in recent weeks.  He retained his place on the bench.

It was the Reds on the attack from the very first minute when Sam Shilton fired wide of the post from outside the area.  Adie Smith then tried his luck after he burst through the Dale defence but his shot was easily saved by Neil Bennett in goal.

Rochdale weren't prepared to sit back and watch though.  The impressive Patrick McCourt showed his potential when he shrugged off our defenders in a mazy run that, luckily for us, ended with a weak shot that caused Stuart Brock little bother.

By midway through the half Rochdale started to get on top with chances falling for Grand, who headed over, and Hockenhull who cleared the bar from just six yards out.

Our only other chance of the half came from Bo Henriksen but he could only fire into the side netting.

HT. 0 - 0

The Harriers came out with all guns blazing knowing that nothing other than all three points would do.  Bo twice went close when first he fired over the bar and then he sent the ball just wide of the upright after a good pass from Danny Williams.

Rochdale seemed to have lost interest now and their only chance of a goal came from McCourt but he couldn't connect with Hockenhull's cross and failed to convert it.

Dean Bennett went close for us with a shot that went wide after a great run from him but a few minutes later we had wrapped the game up.

Scott Stamps had come on for Adie Smith ten minutes earlier and it was from his long throw in that we scored.  Griffiths could only half clear it and it fell for Shilts who made no mistake with a half volley from the edge of the box.  The ball beat the keeper and gave us a well deserved win to get us 'back on track'.

FT. 0 - 1

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Rochdale  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
N Bennett     Brock  
Griffiths     Scott  
Evans     Smith  
Grand     Williams  
Hockenhull     Hinton
Flitcroft   Melligan  
Simpson     D Bennett  
Doughty     Flynn  
Connor     Broughton  
Platt     Henriksen  
McCourt     Shilton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Taylor     Danby  
McEvilly     Stamps  
Beech     Parrish  
Baker     Bishop  
Townson     McAuley  

Mr E Ilderton
Tyne and Wear

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