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Posted Mon 29 Aug 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Arthur goal downs Alty

HARRIERS made it back to back home wins as Arthur Gnahoua's fine goal was enough to beat Altrincham 1-0 at Aggborough.

In stunning sunshine on a great day for football, a strong crowd was treated to a decent opening few moments. 

Both teams had managed a couple of chances on goal with less than ten minutes gone - Altrincham perhaps going closer through an angled Sinclair-Hutton drive that Reeves almost turned home, and a Moult shot that flashed over the target. 

A Francis-Angol header and likewise from Williams saw the hosts go close, but visiting stopper Dawber was forced into the game's first real save with a dozen played; Francis-Angol this time with a lofted cross that Waite met with expert direction and timing, the custodian keeping it out with a decent save.

As we edged towards the half-hour, Lawrie tried his luck but found Hornby in good form, while his opposite number Dawber did well to hold o to Dieservwe's low shot on the line from a corner, after Lowe had stabbed one his way at close range that the visitors did well to clear.

A fairly end-to-end half looked like it would end even with Harriers playing by far the brighter stuff, but that industry would be rewarded with seconds left of the period when the hosts took the lead; McQuilkin and Waite combining to play in Gnahoua who, from a tight angle and not much room to spare, fired the ball into the roof of the net.

After the restart that home pressure remained as Harriers kept the ball firmly in the visiting danger area, 52 minutes on the clock when more work from the outstanding Williams saw a ball lofted in for Tunnicliffe who couldn't quite work a header on target.

Past the hour, Alty won the ball with a crunching ball in midfield and that enabled Lawrie to take aim at Hornby who'd come off his line with the play at the half-way line; the effort sailed towards goal but dropped mercifully on top of the net rather than beyond the stopper.

Nerves then seemed to edge into the crowd and some of the play at Aggborough as the team searched seemingly without success for that key second goal, Gnahoua's low, angled drive with 12 left to play one of a more rare chance at goal for Harriers, the resultant corner almost turned home by Dieseruvwe.

Inside the last ten, Arthur was again the chief tormentor of Alty and he warmed Dawber's hands with a smashed effort at the far post after a good, low cross from Truslove was blocked into the front man's path.

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