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Posted Sat 09 Apr 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Late comeback keeps Harriers alive

Harriers netted twice late on to pick up a frantic 2-1 victory at Welling on Saturday to ensure that relegation was kept at bay for at least another game.

The game got off to a swift start with chances at either end within the opening minutes.

With less than five gone, Elton Ngwatala tricked his way past the Welling defence and took aim with a rising shot that eased just past the target while, up at the other end, Kadell Daniel's arrowed effort drilled just past the foot of the post.

Barely a minute later, though, Harriers were behind and it was again a frustratingly poor goal to concede, the visitors simply unable to get the ball out of their area, leaving Daniel space to swivel on it and turn it past Max O'Leary.

Action after that was sparse but there was a sight of goal for Welling's Lokko as he planted a header over the bar, before Whitfield in return nodded a Kinsella delivery just past the post.

Eight before the break, the best spell of the half on the ball for Harriers forced them another chance; Kinsella was superb with his feet as he took the team forward, the ball eventually falling to McQuilkin who spun and shot at goal, Rodak parrying the ball down into the ground and holding.

Inside just 25 seconds of the restart, Harriers were in behind the Welling defence but, from a very tight angle, Whitfield could only shoot straight at Rodak. 

It took until the hour mark for another whiff of action and when that arrived it was again Harriers on the attack as a free-kick delivery was lofted in to the area, Langmead's attempt to get something on the end of it only thwarted at the death by a covering defender.

With ten to go, Langmead was up at the other end and returned the favour when, with the Wings up on the counter, only his timely involvement prevented a pinpoint cross in the area reaching its target.

The former Northampton Town man was then pushed up front and promptly zipped right back up at the other end and pulled his team level, good work and quick feet from sub Patrick saw his shot parried up in the air by the goalkeeper where Langmead was on hand to bravely force it home.

Then, remarkably, a devastating counter attack saw Harriers snatch a lead - Whitfield charging forward and, crucially, waiting until just the right moment before driving the ball across the area where  McQuilkin was on hand to strike it home.

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