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Posted Sat 08 Oct 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Six goals shared in thriller

THRILL-A-MINUTE Harriers and AFC Fylde shared six goals in an eventful 3-3 draw at Aggborough.

The beginning to this game was always going to be a little tense and cagey as two self-confessed 'footballing' sides sought to find out a little about one another. 

It was probably the visitors who were the quicker to settle on the ball and advance forward, with Josh Langley firing a sighter across the bows of Hornby as the home side did their defensive duties. 

A quarter of an hour had elapsed when the game got its first goal and while the visitors may argue it was against the run of play, in truth it came without Hornby having been seriously troubled, either.

Harriers build up a forward move and a fine downward header from Ashley Carter set Arthur Gnahoua on his way - as he raced past a static visiting back-line, goalkeeper Rhys Taylor hurried out to smother the danger, only for the forward to slot the ball beyond the lot of them to find the net.

With 26 minutes gone, Dixon forced a corner with a low save that Hornby tipped around the post, the goalkeeper's heroics furthered from the resultant kick that top scorer Danny Rowe met with a great header that clipped off the inside of the angle of bar and post, aided by Hornby, before being hooked away.

The Fylde hot-shot was at it again four after the half-hour mark; he drove a free-kick with some venom towards goal and from some distance, but the alert Hornby was again behind it and parried it away well.

Harriers had negotiated that spell well enough and, seven minutes to go until the break, they almost netted a second; a trademark free-kick routine of some invention ending with McQuilkin's drilled shot that Taylor met well to parry away.

A back-and-forth game continued to flow that way and, sure enough, Fylde had an equaliser as they pressed forward after Harriers' appeals for a foul had been called away; Dixon supplying Rowe who strode with confidence before firing the ball past Hornby from 20 yards.

In so many games presenting this scenario, Fylde will have encountered many teams who wilted under the inevitable pressure; but Harriers came out and quickly re-took the lead.

A mere three minutes had elapsed when a fine move from Gnahoua and Ngwatala produced the good, Elton's pace taking him between the two central defenders before his cool finish past an onrushing Taylor found the bottom corner.

The hour mark almost brought about a second equaliser for Fylde and Rowe; Harriers failed to fully clear a corner and the marksman got himself on to the ball before firing low at goal, his shot driving and pinging off the foot of the post as Hornby strained to reach it.

Rowe is man, however, who does not like to be denied and within a couple of minutes the visitors were indeed level again and it was again Rowe who powered at goal - Hornby again met it well with a parry, only for Hardy to smash home the rebound.

Harriers went about re-taking the lead and came close when a McQuilkin free-kick needed to be turned over the bar by Hornby, but for the first time on the day the hosts found themselves behind; caught out at the break for probably the first time in a while, a low ball crossed along the face of goal where Hardy burst in at the far post to finish for his second.

The reds, once again, kept on pushing forward and, in a moment of real drama, the day almost had had its third equaliser, but Taylor just about managed to get back in time to paw away Dieseruvwe's close-range finish from on the line.

Incredibly, that reds' leveller did arrive and it did so with a mere three minutes to play; McQuilkin's free-kick nodded down by Tunnicliffe into the path of Lowe who stooped to turn it home to send Aggborough into delight.

Harriers might still have won it - a blatant handball on the edge of the area gifted a dangerously-placed free-kick to McQuilkin who struck it well, only for Taylor to get down and beat it away.

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