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Posted Sat 02 Apr 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Late leveller earns a point

A late equaliser from Ben Whitfield earned hard-working Harriers a deserved share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Altrincham at Aggborough

On a stunning afternoon at Aggborough, it was Harriers who registered the first chance of the day.

As early as the first minute, midfield man Elton Ngwatala strode forward into the penalty area and angled a shot that Tim Deasy did well to stop with his legs with the hosts searching for an early breakthrough. 

Deasy was injured in that build-up and that resulted in a break in play, from which Altrincham restarted far the better, taking the lead on ten minutes when a grounded pass from Griffin through to Reeves had O'Leary back-peddling; the chip was always coming and it was beautifully executed as the ball lofted over the stopper and into the bottom corner.

Despite the deficit, Harriers had dominated the ball and continued to do so after the goal, Ngwatala forcing another low save from Deasey a few moments later before, on 19 minutes, he forced the veteran shot-stopper into a strong parry as he picked up on Garnett's pass.

Ben Whitfield struck low past the half-hour with Deasy again on hand, Harriers continuing to dictate the play as, five minutes before the break, patient build-up saw Maxwell on the end of chance which he dragged just past the foot of the far post.

Five after the restart, a surging run from Fane took him from the centre circle to the penalty spot and only a late intervention from a visiting defender prevented him from getting a shot off - Harriers then introducing Gnahoua from the bench as he completed his return from injury.

A swift Alty counter saw Ginnelly presented with a chance with ten gone in the half but O'Leary was on hand to block it, Harriers next chance coming eight after the hour as a Whitfield corner found Langmead, whose header was tipped away by Deasy.

With eight to go, another sub in McQuilkin took aim from distance to try and draw his team level but the effort was always rising and sailed over Deasy's target. Soon after the same man pulled a shot just wide after latching on to a pass just outside the area.

With two to go, Harriers got what was a deserved equaliser - more patient build-up ending as Kinsella's pass found Whitfield inside the area who took a touch before powering it into the top corner.

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