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Posted Sat 29 Oct 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Another big away win

DOGGED Harriers produced another gritty clean sheet to win 1-0 at Stockport County to make it a great week on the road.

You'd struggle to recall a boring beginning to a game involving Harriers this season and, true to form, this was anything but a slow start.

Without question it was Stockport who started the quicker of the two teams and, with less than eight minutes on the clock, goalkeeper Sam Hornby had already made two good saves - one to tip wide a James Hooper free-kick and another to hold on to the front man's close-range shot.

The opening Harriers chance of the afternoon wasn't much longer in coming, either - with jus ten played, Truslove put his head in his hands after skewing off target from Dieseruvwe's pass. 

Hornby would be at it again with 18 played; Hornby again keeping Stockport at bay - this one a really special, split-second save as he was able to beat away a shot from Marsden at point-blank range.

Harriers continued to soak up pressure and hit County on the counter, another good example of that being after the half-hour as Dieseruvwe stabbed the ball over the bar from six yards after being teed up by Waite's cross.

As the half drew to a close, Harriers continued to make themselves busy up top and went close twice more; Dieseruvwe nodding a header down and wide before Gnahoua's poked shot forced a good block from goalkeeper Hinchcliffe.

Stockport were as swift to start the second period as they were the first, though it was some ten minutes after the restart that they fashioned the first chance, Hornby again needed as he tipped over a well-taken shot from Hooper.

Harriers kept their composure and rarely hurried anything - that approach got them the game's first goal on 65 minutes as McQuilkin put the burners on to charge into the area and cross for Croasdale who swept the ball calmly into the net.

The reds were always going to have to block and clear to take anything away from Edgeley Park and, within the last five minutes, only a fantastic late save from Hornby - followed by a huge clearance from Tunnicliffe, kept County at bay as a shot took a wicked deflection on its way towards goal.

Harriers might have doubled their lead in the dying stages as they countered through Zaine Francis-Angol, he crossed for Brown but his low shot was well smothered by the goalkeeper. 

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