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Harriers 2gifAldershot Town 0

Date: 14-11-15 gif Venue: Aggborough gif att: 1790 gif away fans: 222
Harriers best effort gets the best reward

gif Report: Phil Lench
Two well taken goals for the Harriers at home to Aldershot today gave them their second home win of the season and put them within one point of twenty second placed Southport.  It was a rip roaring second half performance from the whole team but singled out for special mention has to be the front trio of Jordan Murphy, Ben Whitfield and James McQuilkin who ran rings around the Shots defence and Whitfield, for his goal, leaving a six foot tall defender on his arse as he rounded him to score our second.

Following a moving minute of Remembrance for the fallen of two wars and of the victims of the massacre in Paris last night it was Aldershot that started the strongest.  Rhys Browne should have done better with the open goal presented to him as he got on the end of Richard Brodies cross from the right.

We responded with a sharp forward ball from Zaine Francis-Angol that found Murphy but he couldn't quite connect with the ball and it went out of play wide as did ZFA's own header soon after.

We were having problems finding men with our long ball tactic and most of what we were doing was getting easily mopped up by their bunch of six footers.  In the second half we stopped that tactic to good effect.

The Shots were still getting the better of the chances to score but not really troubling Dean Snedker in the Harriers goal.  Dipo Akinyemi should have put his header away while Brodie headed the ball straight at the Harriers keeper.

The half fizzled out without much more action apart from a shot from Jared Hodgkiss that flew over the bar after he found himself in front of goal in unfamiliar territory.
  HT: 0 - 0
The second half was a different beast altogether.  We began to play as a steam and strung passes together in supplying our makeshift forward line of Murphy and Whitfield due to the refusal of Aldershot in allowing Matt Barnes-Homer to play today.  Now we were managing to get behind the Shots defence and do some real damage.

Four corners in a row came to nothing but it gave us the impetus and encouragement needed.  James McQuilkin was the first to show for us when he was denied by Phil Smith in the Shots goal, dressed appropriately for Children In Need day.  Kyle Howkins and McQuilkin again sent headers just wide minutes before our splendid opening goal.

A pass out wide from Whitfield found Murphy who did well to regain and keep possession into the corner before cutting back in to send the ball across the face of the goal towards McQuilkin who rifled the ball home across the line on his second home debut for us.  To put the icing on the cake we scored again seven minutes later and that goal was something special.

Matt Young played the ball forward to where Whitfield was being marked by Luke Oliver.  The tall and clumsy defender slipped (thankfully) and set Ben free to head goalwards as Omar Beccles tried to get at him but he too found himself out thought as Whitfield steadied himself to fire the ball into the top corner of the net.  The ground erupted.

The Shots tried to rally with a double substitution but even the excellent looking Tom Richards couldn't save them.  They did get chances to score through another sub, Charlie Walker, but Snedker was equal to the task and tipped his shots away.  One around the post and an even better one over the bar.

Our first sub came soon after with Jordan Jones coming on for Matt Young, who had taken a knock, while two minutes from the end of normal time the exhausted Ben Whitfield went off to a rapturous standing ovation for his superb efforts with George Obosu coming on for two minutes of home debut.

The three points has given the Harriers a bit of breathing space above hapless Halifax, who lost at home to another six goal haul today, and one place behind Southport but all these clubs now have games in hand over us so we need to ensure that we start to collect points away from home in our next two games at Braintree and Grimsby.  A tough ask, but possible.
  FT: 2 - 0

 Goals for Harriers: McQuilkin 53, Whitfield 60

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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Aldershot Town  goals   subs   cards 
Snedker   Smith  
Hodgkiss     Alexander  
Young gif     McGinty
Maxwell     Lathrope  
Langmead     Beckles
Howkins     Oliver gif  
Murphy     D Walker  
Whitfield gif gif     Stevenson  
Francis-Angol     Browne gif  
Fazlić     Akinyemi gif  
McQuilkin gif     Brodie  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Brown     Thomas  
Rowe-Turner     Hatton gif - 75  
Singh     C Walker gif - 63  
Jones gif - 78     Richards gif - 63  
Obosu gif - 88     Gallagher  

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