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Posted Sat 06 Feb 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Silky Harriers seal win

Harriers put in a fine, all-round performance to deservedly pick up their first away league win in more than a calendar year as they downed Boreham Wood 2-0.

Blustery conditions greeted the two teams, but it was far from a scrappy start as both sides quickly set about creating opportunities.

With less than three minutes on the clock, a former tormentor of Harriers in Delano Sam-Yorke went close to breaking the deadlock with well taken, far-post volley that Dean Snedker did well to gather.

Soon after, Harriers themselves found themselves in front of goal and almost notched when Jared Hodgkiss drilled a low cross to the feet of Arthur Gnahoua, the winger side-footing an effort that glanced just past the foot of the post. 

Sam-Yorke and Lucas both then tested Snedker with half-chances that were well dealt with, the latter going dangerously close with 18 gone as he turned on the ball in the area before arrowing inches past the woodwork.

It was a chance the hosts would rue missing, too, as on 20 minutes Harriers took the lead - a delightfully struck free-kick from Whitfield bending around the wall and the grasp of the goalkeeper to find the net.

While Boreham Wood went close to responding within three minutes when a Woodards shot needed safe hands from Snedker Harriers went mighty close to making 2-0 when outstanding work from White got him in at the byline - his pass played in Gnahoua, whose fierce shot needed clearing off the line.

The early period of the second half followed much of the first, with Wood creating quick-fire chances; inside ten minutes of the restart both Clifford and Sam-Yorke had gone close to breaching Snedker.

On the hour, though; after Harriers had gone close through Whitfield, debutant White's excellent work once again almost found reward as he nipped past his man in the area before bending a shot that whipped past the goalkeeper but, unfortunately for Harriers, past his upright, too.

Harriers kept on pressing, though, and their bravery got exactly what it deserved as we entered in to the final 20 minutes. First, a curling, low shot from Ngwatala forced a good save from Russell as the ball headed for the far corner.

Then, three minutes further on, the visitors were awarded a penalty after another surge forward from Gnahoua was scuppered by a foul - step forward Ngwatala to do the honours from the spot.

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