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Posted Sat 05 Dec 15 at 16:45 PM

Harriers 0-1 Gateshead - The Report

A goal deep in to injury time saw Harriers beaten by a single goal against Gateshead at Aggborough on Saturday as they remain in deep trouble at the foot of the table.

In blustery conditions, this one was always going to be a fast starter and it proved to be as much when Dean Snedker was forced into a smart double save with barely ninety seconds on the clock. 

He did well to get down and keep out efforts from Mafuta and McLaughlin in quick succession as the Heed look to pounce; Harriers also getting their first chance on the board early doors when, just a minute later, Ben Whitfield and Gurjit Singh combined to set up Jordan Jones whose low shot was tipped around the post by visiting goalkeeper Sam Russell.

The start wasn't sustained as a whole and it was largely the conditions that saw to that as neither side were able to stay in control of the ball or fashion chances in front of goal; Bowman going close with a half-chance that raised over Snedker's goal.

Past the half hour, Singh drove across the edge of the area after cutting inside and launched an effort at Russell that the custodian did well to get right behind and hold firmly - a Whitfield shot across goal proving less harmful with seven to until the break.

The second period was every bit as quick to start and within five minutes Harriers had etched out two key chances to take the lead - first Whitfield on the drive again as his angled shot was blasted over his own bar by the covering Baxter, before Singh tapped over the bar from close range after Jones rolled a cool cross along the face of goal.

The Heed remained dangerous themselves, though, and a minute before the hour they went within inches of a lead when an excellent Jordan Cranston free-kick arrowed towards the top corner before home stopper Snedker athletically and, thankfully, tipped it on to the bar before the reds managed to clear.

The Harriers custodian somehow bettered that save with a little over a quarter hour to play - Bowman must have thought for all the chocolate at Cadbury's that he'd netted from around three yards after Harriers failed to clear, but the stopper again got himself in the way of the ball to keep the striker at bay.

The pressure and the wind remained intense for Harriers but, as was the case throughout the game, Harriers always had their chances too and, with just five minutes left to play, a decent McQuilkin free-kick drifted just over Russell's target.

The sting came deep, deep in added time as Harriers - for the first time in the afternoon - showed a moment's uncertainty at the back and failed to clear; McLaughlin on hand to smash the ball in to the net.

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