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Posted Sat 30 Jan 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Harriers dominant but downed

Harriers put in arguably their most positive performance for several months but still saw their losing run continue as they went down 1-0 at Aldershot.

The visiting side started the game with an intensity that  belied their league position and, in the opening stages, their passing and movement was met with little response by the home side, Arthur Gnahoua having the first attempt at goal when his driving run ended in a shot that deflected on its way to goal, forcing Phil Smith to palm it wide for a corner.

With 20 or so on the clock, only a last-ditch challenge prevented Luke Maxwell from registering an effort on target but, ten minutes later, Keith Lowe was next to test the Shots defence as he leapt highest from a corner, nodding a header over the bar.

Five before the break, Harriers - who had been especially dominant in midfield - forced another chance after a fine passing move between Gnahoua and Maxwell set Francis-Angol free; he drilled in a low cross that Ngwatala met at the second attempt, his cross being blocked.

Three past the break, Aldershot worked their first chance of the day and it came from a set-play; a free-kick lifted in to the area that Alfie Pavey met - his contact wasn't great, though, and he could only help steer the ball off target.

Indeed, the hosts were far sharper to start the second half than the first and they had the first goal of the day just three minutes later when, on the counter, Brown played in Charlie Walker who finished across Snedker and in to the far corner.

Harriers may have sunk without trace had they conceded a second straight away but Snedker showed good hands to  hold an Omar Beckles corner on the hour, before Gnahoua again burst in to the area up at the other end before firing in to the side-netting with a shot.

Six minutes later the yellows really should have been level - sheer endeavour ensured Whitfield nipped behind his man to leave him one-on-one with Smith, the on-loan man lifting the ball over him, but also, agonisingly past the post.

On 77, Harriers were again asking questions and once more it was Whitfield. A chance of his own making saw him wrestle the ball away from his man before cutting inside and unleashing a chance that beat Smith, but dipped over his bar.

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