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.