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Posted Tue 06 Sep 16 at 21:36 PM

Report: Reds edged out in tense derby

HARRIERS were beaten without scoring for the first time this season as they fell to a solitary-goal defeat to AFC Telford United.

Word had clearly got around that Harriers liked to start games quickly on the road - they did all they could to ensure they did the same here but found their hosts in resolute form as they snuffed out every potential opening. 

In all honesty there was one chance apiece for the sides and they came within a minute of one another - Harriers going close at one end before being punished at the other. 

Tyrell Waite's pace has caused problems for many a team so far this season and it was the same again here as he lit his rockets and powered forward on 25 minutes; keeping the ball well before lofting it towards Mani Dieseruvwe who was lurking with intent - the former Mansfield man met the ball well enough but couldn't manage to nod a good header on target. 

Up at the other end, the Bucks would rub salt in that wound by finding the net with what was at best a half chance - a mazy run from Micah Evans saw him twist inside the area beyond challenges before he shot at Hornby - the goalkeeper looked to have it dealt with before being deceived by a cruel deflection of Tyrone Williams, the ball rolling into the bottom corner.

Harriers did do their best to respond through a Gnahoua free-kick and a Croasdale header in the latter minutes of the half without any real joy, sub Truslove similarly dismayed after the hour mark as he thought he'd scored his second goal of the season after following up on a Dieseruvwe shot that the goalkeeper parried away - the offside flag on hand to deny him.

From a corner soon after, central defensive partners Lowe and Tunnicliffe combined as the former nodded down to the latter inside the area before a shot skewed high over the bar, Harriers' misery almost compounded with the concession of a second around ten minutes later when substitute Dawson fired twice - forcing one good save from Hornby at close range before firing a low drive wide of the post.

Harriers did have a sustained, late spell of pressure and set about asking some serious questions of the home back-line, their dogged determination to hook the ball away seeing them through, with Montgomery on hand to make a low save from Francis-Angol when the team did find an inch of space.


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