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Posted Sat 21 Jan 12 at 18:18 PM

REPORT: HARRIERS GRAB PRICELESS WIN

Report by Matt Wall - stats provided and generated for harriers.co.uk by the Press Association.

Two injury time goals for Harriers - one from brand-new signing Anthony Malbon - saw Harriers record a simply invaluable 2-0 win at Alfreton Town in the Blue Square Bet Premier on Saturday.

The opening ten minutes of this one were played at a frantic pace as Harriers looked to get forward quickly whilst their hosts looked to close them down at every opportunity.

Kyle Storer had the earliest sights of goal as he tried his luck from distance and on 14 minutes his fellow midfield man Lee Hendrie warmed the hands of goalkeeper Dan Lowson with a drive.

Two minutes later there was an even better chance of a breakthrough for the visitors and it came through the unlikely source of defender Luke Jones who took up a spot on the edge of the area before taking aim with a low shot that was just tipped around the post.

Harriers kept up the pressure and kept the chances coming - the clearest perhaps came on 34 minutes when an incisive breakaway saw the ranks burst forward, the ball eventually slipped to Nick Wright in the area who hit an angled drive that the goalkeeper just managed to parry wide.

Frustration grew in the home ranks and they paid the price for that in the final moments of the first period - Louis Moult given his marching orders for a reckless lunge on Storer, the home side though likely grateful to still be at parity in terms of the score line with half the game gone.

With a little over six minutes played in the second half Lowson produced yet another fine save to keep Harriers at back, a James McQuilkin corner met by the head of Mike Williams who hit a looping attempt that was tipped over the bar.

As the hour mark came and went the home side tried to assert some pressure of their own but struggled to gain any real momentum or force a serious effort on goal.

A strong run from Wright on 72 minutes was enough to open up Alfreton once more, though, and he went close with a low shot that fizzed towards goal, Jowson able to gather. Soon after, there was a club debut for new signing Anthony Malbon as he replaced Tom Sharpe.

Down to ten men, there was little doubt that the home side would have given anything to take their goalless draw and so the final stages were far from inspiring as every player in a red shirt sat camped some 30 yards from their own goal.

It was always going to take something special to puncture this rearguard but in injury time and in typically dramatic fashion, Harriers managed it. Dan Bradley should take much of the credit - he found good space to make a run on the flank before dropping a superb cross into the box that was met by the boot of none other than Malbon who guided the perfect finish past the goalkeeper and into his bottom corner.

There was time further still in the injury period for Harriers to make the win even sweeter - a clinical counter-attack seeing substitute Callum Gittings gallop away before passing to Steve Guinan who took the baton, charging into the area and supplying Jamille Matt who took one touch before slotting it into the back of the net. Priceless.

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