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Date: 14-04-17 gif Venue: Aggborough gif att: 2056 gif away fans: 107
Eltons late goal gives us the points

gif Report: Phil Lench
The Harriers came up against a Boston side safe from relegation, but determined to go home with a point, today and it took a late goal from Elton N'Gwatala to break their resistance and to give us the points to keep us in second place in the table.  We have no hope of catching AFC Fylde now but their 1-0 at Halifax now makes a four point gap between us and third placed 'Fax.

There was a return to the side from injury for N'Gwatala in place of Darryl Knights while Josh Ezewele replaced the injured Jared Hodgkiss.  On the bench again was Emmanuel Sonupè following his bright substitutes appearance at Stalybridge in the week but there was no sign of Tyrell Waite even though there had been no notification of him being injured.  The game got underway on a cold and windy Aggborough.

As is usual for us we were the quickest out of the traps and for the first ten minutes of the game Boston rarely had a sniff of the ball but concentrated instead on committing niggly fouls to try and un-settle us.  With Bostons defence holding strong we had a hard time in getting close to the goal and so most of our attempts to score were limited to long range efforts.

In an effort to combat their defensive tactics we played a lot of cross field diagonal balls to the feet of either Sam Austin or Zaine Francis-Angoland it was from one of these that ZFA played in the ball for Daniel Nti but his slightly wayward shot from the edge of the area was blocked out to safety.

Nti had another chance later in the half but again the ball drifted off target, mainly down to the strong cross field wind.  Soon after that Ezewele took a bad knock and was more or less substituted before the trainer had come on.  Tyrone Williams replaced him.

The only other chances to score came the way of Austin but not being the greatest striker in the world, and being forced to use his wrong foot, they tended to end up nearer the corner flag than the goal.  Boston didn't seem interested in scoring.
  HT: 0 - 0
The second half the visitors came out more intent on playing football and began to pass the ball about a little more although they still didn't look like scoring.  Then again neither did we.

It took almost until the hour mark before either side had a sight of goal and that went the visitors way when Sam Hornby saved well from Ben Gordons shot on the angle.  Our first real attempt came ten minutes later and what a chance it was.  A breath of fresh air following the flogging of the dead horse in the previous sixty five minutes.

Emmanuel Sonupè had arrived on the pitch five minutes earlier for Sam Austin and he had already looked useful out wide but it was from down the middle that he almost scored.  The Boston defenders dithered from a counter attack and the ball broke free for Sonupè to round the defender then outrun him as he took the ball towards Ross Durrant in the visitors goal.  Sadly instead of rounding the keeper Sonupè opted to fire the ball straight at him and the keeper fumbled it away.

That was the signal for the Harriers to up their game but for Boston it was the signal to tighten up at the back so again the two teams cancelled each other out.  A flurry of corners and free kicks for us were wasted including one laughable training ground free kick that was so complicated it confused even our own players.

With the clock ticking down, and the news that Fylde had taken the lead at Halifax, we kept pushing in an effort to get something out of the game and finally that happened when a cross was flighted in by James McQuilkin and was headed onto the bar by Andre Brown.  The chance seemed to have gone but when it then rebounded into the path of N'Gwatala's head it was the easy matter of sending Aggborough into raptures as the ball buried itself into the corner of the Boston goal.

Boston then realised that they needed to attack our goal and so stopped their timewasting tactics but we were too strong for them and after four minutes of added on time the game came to an end with another three points on the board and the Harriers now four points in front of Halifax with just three more games to go before the play-offs begin.
  FT: 1 - 0

 Goal for Harriers: N'Gwatala 86

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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Boston Utd  goals   subs   cards 
Hornby     Durrant  
Ezewele gif     K Thomas
Francis-Angol     Yeomans  
Croasdale     Gordon  
Lowe     Batchelor  
Tunnicliffe     Robinson  
Nti     Chapman
McQuilkin   Simmons gif  
Ironside gif     Rollins  
N'Gwatala gif   Bishop gif  
Austin gif     Broadhead gif  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Williams gif - 31     Vince gif - 50  
Sonupè gif - 59     S Clarke  
Knights     Briscoe gif - 73  
A Brown gif - 74     Hawley gif - 88  
Truslove     Gatter  

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