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Posted Sat 20 Aug 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Reds secure first home win

HARRIERS picked up their first home win of the season as they secured a 2-1 win against Stalybridge having been reduced to ten men at Aggborough.

Harriers totally dominated the opening stages of the game in terms of possession and territory and so were frustrated to not have a lead or really force Tony McMillian into any serious saves - quite the opposite in fact, Stalybridge going close to the lead from open play when Kristian Platt's shot went narrowly wide.

The home side stayed patient in their search for a breakthrough and they were rewarded - 17 minutes on the clock when they netted from open play at Aggborough for the first time this season. Keith Lowe advanced with the ball and was a surprise candidate as he unleashed at shot at goal; the visitors managed to block the ball, but only into the path of striker Mani Dieseruvwe who blasted it firmly into the bottom corner for his third of the season.

There seemed little response from the visitors to that goal and when they continued to camp bodies inside their own half despite being behind, you sensed they were asking for trouble; punished they were when Harriers grabbed a second with ten to go until the break - Lowe once again with something of an assist as he shot deflected away for a corner that Gnahoua delivered beautifully on to the head of Tyrone Williams who rose to nod in his first goal of the campaign.

Stalybridge were far, far brighter and more adventurous after the restart and that endeavour was rewarded within six minutes as they pulled a goal back, Harriers caught out with a ball towards the far post that Nick Ryan was able to prod home. 

An equaliser almost followed immediately as visiting tails shot up - Sam Hornby called on to make a fine save to keep out a free header from Tames.

Celtic were visibly boosted by their showing in the second period and with barely an hour gone, Harriers were reduced to ten men; a coming together of a crowd of bodies resulting in a red card for Ashley Carter.

More relentless pressure from the visitors kept home chances at a premium but they did see half chances through Gnahoua and McQuilkin as they tried their luck, Stalybridge in contrast a much greater threat on the break.

The reds did have a fantastic chance to extend their lead to two goals inside the final ten minutes as Waite's fantastic solo run and shot drew the very best out of veteran keeper McMillan who extended himself to tip the ball over the bar.

 

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