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Date: 06-02-16 gif Venue: Meadow park gif att: 366 gif away fans: 80
Harriers get their first away win in a year

gif Report: Phil Lench
The Harriers upset all odds today after gaining their first win away from home and, amazingly, it was also their first away win for over a year.  The three points doesn't change our position at the bottom of the table but it does get us three points nearer second from bottom Torquay Utd.

A first half goal for Ben Whitfield early on gave us the lead going into the break and then in the second half, with fans fretting that it might all go pear shaped, we were awarded a penalty after Arthur Gnahoua was bought down in the box.  Elton N'Gwatala stepped up to convert the spot kick and from there on we didn't look back.

There was a start for new signing Harry White with Omari Patrick stepping down to the bench.  On the bench was our other new striker, Evan Garnett, but there was no place for Gurjit Singh at all.  There were no other changes from our defeat at Aldershot last weekend.

In gale force conditions the Harriers kicked off into the wind but it was Boreham that got the first chance to open the scoring when Delano Sam-Yorke, on loan from FGR, tried his luck with a volley that the Harriers keeper Dean Snedker, was equal to.  We responded with a side footed effort from Gnahoua that went the flicked the wrong side of the post before Sam-Yorke came back with a chance that also went wide.  Wood upped the pressure further when Jamie Lucas sent another shot wastefully wide but just when it looked as if the Harriers were going under the cosh we fashioned a goal from no where.

We had a quick break with N'Gwatala surging forward only to be up ended just outside the box.  From the free kick N'Gwatala and Ben Whitfield combined in a quasi comedy routine that fooled the Wood defenders as Ben bent it around the wall and beyond the reach of the home keeper.  It was also our first goal since last Christmas when Kyle Howkins scored at home to Cheltenham.

We didn't look back and took control of the remainder of the first half although Danny Woodard came close to equalising three minutes after but Snedker held onto his firm drive.  It could have been two for us when a strike from Gnahoua was cleared off the line by a Boreham defenders head.  A few minutes later White sent one over the bar but that was it for that half with little action following that chance.
  HT: 0 - 1
With the wind now in our favour we should have pressed on for the second half but instead we allowed the home side the space to move the ball around.  They created a couple of chances through Connor Clifford and Sam-Yorke without really threatening Snedkers goal.

Slowly we began to take hold of the game once more and drove forward through N'Gwatala again.  He found Harry White to take the ball further and beyond a defender but also beyond the post.  N'Gwatala himself had an attempt on goal just fifteen minutes before the end of the game forcing a save from the Boreham keeper, James Russell, before scoring our second goal of the day when the Harriers were awarded their first penalty since September when Reece Styche converted in a 2-2 draw at home to Torquay.

Arthur Gnahoua had gone forward on a run and, with defender David Stephens beaten, surged past him only to be tumbled over in the area.  Stephens escaped a second yellow card after being booked earlier in the game as N'Gwatala stepped up to convert the spot kick with ease for our second goal.

We saw out the remainder of the game without any further threat from the hosts who had given up by then.  Harry White went off to give fellow new signing Evan Garnett some game time and a few minutes from the end Luke Maxwell tried to get in on the act with a shot that was well off target.

We still remain bottom of the table following this win but on Tuesday evening we entertain Eastleigh at home and they've run into poor form in recent weeks.  A win against them would take us off the bottom on goal difference and that could, truly, be the start of a miraculous revival for Kidderminster Harriers.
  FT: 0 - 2

 Goals for Harriers: Whitfield 21, N'Gwatala (pen) 75



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Boreham Wood  goals   subs   cards      Harriers  goals   subs   cards 
Russell     Snedker  
Nunn     Hodgkiss  
Woodards     Francis-Angol  
Kamdjo     Maxwell  
Doe     Langmead  
Stephens   Lowe  
C Clifford     Fané  
Shakes   N'Gwatala gif  
Jeffery     White gif  
Lucas     Whitfield gif  
Sam-Yorke gif     Gnahoua  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Edwards     Brown  
Cox     Garnett gif - 85  
Howell     Patrick  
B Clifford gif - 62   Williams  
Devera     McQuilkin  

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