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Posted Sat 19 Mar 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Harriers comeback stuns Imps

An excellent second-half showing from Harriers saw them come from behind to secure a fully-deserved 2-1 victory at Lincoln City on Saturday. 

Harriers threw Max O'Leary in for his first start for the club after signing on loan and within a minute as he had his first touch in gathering up a shot from Matt Sparrow as the game got off to a quick start.

The yellows created a few of their own chances in the opening stages, too, with Ben Whitfield twice taking aim inside the first eight minutes, the latter a rising effort as he found space inside the City half.

The first serious chance for the Imps came just past the midway point of the half as a recycled corner saw the ball dinked into the box where it was met by Matt Rhead whose nodded effort was saved well by O'Leary.

What had been a good start from the visitors was truly snuffed out just after that chance when, with just under half an hour played, Lincoln took the lead as Rhead's nod down in the area was swept home coolly by Jack MULDOON.

After a strong start, the goal visibly drained the confidence out of the Harriers players, who rarely troubled their hosts in the remainder of the half while Muldoon came close with a long-range effort that arrowed over the bar in the final moments before the break.

Just as in the first, Harriers began the second period brightly and should have been level five minutes after the restart as Whitfield raced clean through on goal but, on the angle, he struck it some way off target.

On at the break, James McQuilkin then had two bites of the cherry and went close with a brace of efforts, the latter of which capped a neat team move - the shot sailing over, but not by any great distance.

Soon after, the fine feet and trickery of Arthur Gnahoua put Harriers in a dangerous position and it was from there that Farman was forced in to his first serious save of the day, the ball falling to Whifield whose driven effort was parried wide. 90 seconds later the same player placed a header into the keepers' arms from Kinsella's cross.

With 18 minutes to go, Harriers did get the goal that their second half showing deserved and it came in sensational style - a free-kick lined up by McQuilkin was fully 25 yards out, little problem for the former Hereford man who duly found the top corner, leaving Farman no chance.

It was no less than Harriers deserved and they went straight up field in search of a second, they almost found it though Maxwell's drive fired over, as did an effort for sub Maris up at the other end as Lincoln's first real chance of the half was ballooned over the target. 

Harriers stayed brave and determined and with six minutes remaining they stole ahead a brave and decisive run from Whitfield ending with a driven shot that Farman parried - straight in to the path of McQuilkin who duly nodded the follow-up into the back of the net.

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