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Harriers 1gifAFC Telford Utd 0

Date: 21-01-17 gif Venue: Aggborough gif att: 1752 gif away fans: 167
Harriers leave it late to score

gif Report: Phil Lench
It was a stronger Telford side that met up with the Harriers for the second time this season at Aggborough and it looked obvious that we weren't going to see a repeat of the 4-0 scoreline that we saw in the FA Trophy game a few weeks prior to Christmas.  Telford have made some additions to their team since the turn of the year and look all the more solid than the team we sent crashing out of the Trophy.  They still had a tendency to waste time though with the thinking being that they might get away with a draw if they could spend all ninety minutes doing so.

We're a team that don't stop attacking though and eventually any defensive or timewasting tactics are going to come a cropper against us.

Us today saw the return of Zaine Francis-Angol to the side following injury and also the return of Jared Hodgkiss to the bench after five months out injured.  Getting another start was Darryl Knights, in favour of Tyrell Waite, while Elton N'Gwatala returned to the eleven after being benched against Ebbsfleet last Saturday.  Back on the bench was Sam Austin while there was no sign of new signing Josh Ezewele even though he scored on his debut last Saturday.

We started the game in our usual whirlwind style by going for the early goal.  Knights saw his chance, from a James McQuilkin corner, blocked on the line and then Arthur Gnahoua drove a good chance wide of James Montgomerys' goal.  Fifteen minutes in and the best chance to score for us came when Gnahoua found space in front of the packed Bucks defence to thump a shot from the edge of the area against the bar with the keeper beaten.

Montgomery is being touted around by his agent as being the next big name to move up from non-league into the football league with six figure sums being bandied about.  He is a good keeper and one I would have with us in a shot but he's not as good as they think.  He did play well today and kept the score down to a single goal.

He proved that with a great save from a N'Gwatala pile driver that was heading for the back of the net thirty minutes in.  Apart from another chance for Gnahoua towards the end of the half there was nothing much happening.  Telford had settled down and began to pass the ball around themselves without giving any concern to our own keeper Alex Palmer.  The game drifted towards the halftime whistle.
  HT: 0 - 0
The second period saw Telford coming out in a more attacking mind but that wasn't to last long.  A cross came in and Josh Wilson was well placed to head it powerfully towards the Harriers goal but Alex Palmer was alert to it and made a brilliant close range stop to push the ball away to be cleared away from his goal.

That was the extent of their efforts at scoring and we soon got back to the business of getting three points from the game.  With the news coming through that Fylde were losing at Curzon it was imperative to get a result today.  Elton was again trying his luck from long range with a rising shot that Montgomery turned around the post but then we started to make substitutions in an effort to really put the pressure on the visitors.

On came Mani Dieseruvwe in place of Andre Brown and he changed the game for the better by drawing their defenders out of position so that we could get closer to goal.  It still wasn't enough and fifteen minutes later two more changes were made with Sam Austin and Liam Truslove coming on for Tyrone Williams and N'Gwatala.  It was Truslove that gave us the hope that we could win this when we were awarded a free kick that was put into the area by McQuilkin but came back off the Telford wall to him.  Truslove had been beckoning the referee to get out of his line of sight and thankfully he did at just the right moment to unleash a half volley that almost propelled Montgomery back over his line.

Finally the goal came.  Gnahoua played a one-two with Francis-Angol and then played the ball back into the area where the ball pinged around until he tapped it back into the path of Darryl Knights who swung at the ball and finally beat the keeper.

Amazingly the timewasting that Telford had employed for most of the game suddenly came to an end and we had quick throw-ins and the keeper on the halfway line trying in vain to get a point out of the game.  We held on for the five minutes of added time to record our second home win of the season against Telford and, with the three points lost by the 'invincible' AFC Fylde, we now move within an attainable six points of the leaders and a six points that we could easily reach by the time the season ends.
  FT: 1 - 0

 Goal for Harriers: Knights 84

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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      AFC Telford Utd  goals   subs   cards 
A Palmer     Montogmery  
Williams gif     Samuels gif  
Francis-Angol     Higham
Croasdale     Havern
Lowe     McCone  
Tunnicliffe     Dielna  
Knights gif   Hodge gif  
McQuilkin     Jones  
A Brown gif     Wilson
N'Gwatala gif     Kissock gif  
Gnahoua     Rea  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Dieseruvwe gif - 60     Royle  
Truslove gif - 75     McCarthy gif - 86  
Waite     Cameron gif - 77  
Austin gif - 75     Donaldson gif - 68  
Hodgkiss     Hayden  

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