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Date: 09-04-16 gif Venue: Park View Road gif att: 565 gif away fans: 50 est
We live to fight another day

gif Report: Phil Lench
The Harriers have kept their season alive for another three days after coming back from a goal down at Welling to win with two late goals from Kelvin Langmead and James McQuilkin.  If we had lost, or even drawn, this game then we would have been relegated to the Conference North.  We now have to win at home to also struggling Halifax on Tuesday evening by at least three clear goals to put us into twenty third place and zoom above Welling.

Without Arthur Gnahoua in the starting line-up, thanks to his ongoing ankle problems, we made a few changes to the side that dragged themselves to a late draw at home to Altrincham last weekend.  In came Gurjit Singh for his first start since Eastleigh away in December last year with Evan Garnett dropping to the bench.  Also starting was Zaine Francis-Angol and James McQuilkin with Jared Hodgkiss also heading to the bench while Luke Maxwell was dropped completely.

Welling had won their last two games to give them a slight hope of avoiding the drop with a particularly good win at Tranmere against all the odds.

We were the first to break on a poor playing surface with Elton N'Gwatala going close to opening the scoring when he got beyond the home defenders to send in a shot that went just wide of the target with the keeper, Marek Rodák, beaten.  Sadly we then went behind to another early goal and that seemed to knock our fragile confidence for six.

Poor defending allowed Kadell Daniel to pounce on a loose ball and poke it home from close range.  It could easily have been two nil down for the Harriers minutes later when the unmarked Kevin Lokko headed over the bar from a Barney Williams corner.

We re-gained a little confidence when we went into our best spell of the game with half time approaching.  Ben Whitfield headed wide from a Lewis Kinsella cross and then McQuilkin managed to get to another Kinsella cross to swivel, shoot and forced the Welling keeper to drop the ball but he recovered and clutched it gratefully to his chest.
  HT: 1 - 0
As usual with us the second half was a better experience for the fifty or so Harriers fans.  A brighter start saw Whitfield in early with a shot straight at the keeper who saved easily enough.

A long period of the game then followed with the Harriers having almost all of the possession but without being able to do anything with it and it appeared that although Welling were resting on the lead for fear of losing it we were equally guilty of being too scared to attack too much for fear of letting Welling score again.  It was a fait accompli.

It took until twenty minutes from the end of the game for us to wake up.  Omari Patrick replaced Gurjit Singh to allow Kelvin Langmead an attacking role and it was that move that sparked the Harriers revival with Langmeads header from a free kick being stopped from entering the goal by an alert Welling defender.

Ten minutes from the end the central defender made no mistake when Patricks fierce cross came in and there was Langmead waiting to head it home beyond the grasping hands of Rodák and give us at least a face saving draw but little did we know.

Less than three minutes later and we had defied all belief when we took the lead against a shell shocked Wings.  We had just survived a chance at the other end of the pitch and the ball was played forward quickly by Elton N'Gwatala to Ben Whitfield who then ran forward to cross the ball in to the screaming McQuilkin.  He fired the coolly towards the Welling goal and in beyond the keepers reach to give us just our third win away from home.

It may only be a short reprieve but it does show there is a fight in this team that needs to be shown in all our remaining games starting this coming Tuesday against Halifax.
  FT: 1 - 2

 Goal for Welling: Daniel 7
 Goals for Harriers: Langmead 82, McQuilkin 85

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Welling Utd  goals   subs   cards      Harriers  goals   subs   cards 
Rodák     O'Leary  
Lokko     T Williams  
Gayle     Kinsella  
B Williams gif     McQuilkin gif  
Harris   Langmead gif  
Chambers     Lowe  
Nortey     Fané  
Corne     N'Gwatala  
Yusuff gif     Singh gif  
Wanadio gif     Whitfield gif  
Daniel gif   Francis-Angol  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
McEntegart     Snedker  
Porter gif - 89     Hodgkiss  
Saggers     Garnett gif - 93  
Taylor gif - 57     Patrick gif - 72  
Zapata-Caicedo gif - 63     Tunnicliffe  

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