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Posted Sat 12 Apr 14 at 16:45 PM


Harriers picked up a 2-0 win over Welling on Saturday in a game they controlled more or less from start to finish to keep alive their hopes of gate-crashing the play-offs.

The game was a slow starter as the visitors kept men back early and Harriers had to work hard to find any early scraps, one early chance coming as Michael Gash combined well with Mickey Demetriou before firing a shot at goalkeeper Lee Butcher palmed away.

On 18 minutes Gash hit another effort, from 20 yards, that dropped narrowly over the bar before Adrian Cieslewicz, into the start-line-up, went on a run and beat two players before firing a shot right at Butcher.

While the Wings remained a threat on the break, Harriers looked the more confident in probing forward and after forcing a corner near the half-hour mark, the delivery from Amari'i Bell was almost scrambled in, Nick Wright's shot then somehow deflected by a Welling leg straight on to the boot of Butcher who made a fine reaction stop.

As well as Harriers had done in terms of creating chances it was actually the visitors who forced two solid opening soon after the break, the latter of which saw Ross Lafayette through on goal, denied by Lewis who made a strong stop when perhaps the marksman should have scored.

Harriers registered a spell of pressure not long after but only had a Josh O'Keefe header to show for it as Butcher again made a save, just as he did for an effort from sub Amari Morgan-Smith as the striker tried to turn in a Demetriou delivery.

Six minutes after the hour Harriers had a key chance to make what would have been a vital breakthrough when a foul in the area presented Morgan-Smith with a penalty; from 12 yards he struck a strong enough effort towards Butcher that the custodian met with an equally good save.

The chances kept coming, Jack Byrne nodding a header down and, inside the last quarter of an hour, O'Keefe going close once more as his header from close-range was kept out by a fine stop from Blaine Hudson.

The only team likely to score were the hosts, though, and with 13 minutes to go it finally arrived, Blissett's strong back knocked back into the mix by Byrne where Gash was waiting on hand to smash it into the back of the net.

The substitutions - the third being Callum Gittings - had a tremendous impact in changing this game and into the last five minutes two of them combined as 'Gitto' charged down a ball superbly before supplying the most deadly of crosses into the box where Blissett was on hand to power it home with a bomb of a header.

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