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Posted Sat 14 Nov 15 at 16:45 PM

Harriers 2-0 Aldershot - The Report

Harriers produced their most accomplished display of the season on Saturday to down Aldershot Town 2-0 at Aggborough.

The rain was coming down in considerable amounts as the game got underway - the conditions only serving to aid an early passing game being employed by both sides. 

Aldershot had a sight of goal after just a few minutes, though Rhys Brown's attempted header from Brodie's cross was wayward - as was Jordan Murphy's shot up at the other end with just ten on the clock, though the youngster did mightily well to get on the end of a driven Francis-Angol cross that capped a strong move that saw Ben Whitfield drive through the midfield.

Shortly after, Francis-Angol was on the end of a chance himself, though his header from close range went over the bar - as did a similar effort from Aldershot's Akinyemi who, connecting with Walker's cross, should really have done better.

Although there was a lull in clear-cut chances from there, it was far from a dull spectacle, past the half-hour we went as skipper Jas Hodgkiss watched the bounce of the ball after a fine passing move before driving an angled volley off target.

Harriers flew out of the blocks at the start of the second half and, in forcing a succession of corners, they created a chance that saw McQuilkin eventually denied by goalkeeper Phil Smith at the near post.

The two-time Harrier was not to be denied, however, as just eight minutes in to the second period they nudged themselves ahead; fantastic work from Murphy at the byline seeing him cut the ball back across goal dangerously, where the winger was on hand to apply a cool finish.

Then, in what just may yet turn out to be a key moment of the season, Harrier struck themselves in to a two-goal lead for the very first time this season; more superb work from the ever-lively Whitfield as he showed real composure and quick feet to beat his man on the edge of the area before firing in to Smith's top corner.

Aldershot immediately tried to reduced the deficit and Harriers were forced in to some key defending, Snedker also making a fine save eight after the hour mark as he got down well to dive and tip away a shot from sub Charlie Walker.

Walker really got in amongst it after coming on and with a quarter of an hour to go, he was again causing problems with an expertly-taken free-kick that rose up and over the wall before being met by the palm of Snedker who tipped it over the bar.

A further save from Hatton was necessary to ensure the Shots remained thwarted and that Harriers picked up another key home result.

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