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Posted Tue 12 Apr 16 at 21:30 PM

Report: Manful Harriers earn Shaymen win

Harriers produced arguably their most manful and committed performance to stave off relegation again and climb off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 win against FC Halifax at Aggborough.

The two teams, keen for points, entered onto a stunning Aggborough stage and set about trading some early blows.

Elton Ngwatala and Ben Whitfield tried for an early breakthrough for Harriers but were unable to seriously test Sam Johnson in the visiting goal, while Jordan Burrow had the best of the early Shaymen chances as his shot on the breakaway needed a key clearance from on-loan defender Lewis Kinsella. 

19 minutes in, Jake Hibbs forced a fine save out of the returning Dean Snedker - the Harriers custodian showing a great leap and pair of hands to get to and hold on to the Town man's free-kick from some 30 yards out.

Five minutes later Whitfield had the first real Harriers chance of the night as McQuilkin set the hosts away on the counter with a ball to Singh that then found the Bournemouth man - his shot was firm and rising but sailed just over the target. 

Former Harrier Richard Peniket's shot on the half-hour mark only found the side-netting and never had Snedker duly worried, same said for Nicky Wroe's attempt five minutes before the half-time whistle as his drive again was wayward, a deflection forcing it wide. 

Harriers needed a strong start to the second half and they got it - boy did they get it. Barely two three minutes after the restart, they were ahead. Just after Singh had done well to work a save from Johnson's legs, Ben Whitfield latched on to an excellent pass from Kinsella to ghost past his man and slam the ball home at the near post.

Halifax immediately pressed for an equaliser having finally been forced to come out and play, and relentless pressure on the Harriers goal saw the hosts produce some dogged and committed defending. 

Five past the hour, Harriers had an absolutely golden chance to take a two-goal lead when they were awarded a penalty following Bencherif's foul on sub Sweeney, whose pace was just too much. Ngwatala stepped up to d the honours but saw his 12-yard effort saved by Johnson.

Halifax did their best to keep the pressure on and reverted to type inside the last ten minutes in lofting the ball up field and, despite being a good five yards offside, no flag was given against sub Macdonald - just as well that Snedker played to the whistle and held his header. 

Harriers final sub was Omari Patrick and, with his first touch, the youngster almost put the game to bed a he picked up on a pass with his first touch - through on goal and on the angle, he guided a finish plenty wide of Johnson, but marginally past the post too. 

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