A LATE DARRYL KNIGHTS goal gave Harriers a narrow but thoroughly deserved 1-0 home win against AFC Telford in a truly one-sided contest.
The previous two meetings between these sides this season proved enough of a warning as to what should have been expected here and so it was no surprise that, again, the United game-plan was to stall and frustrate.
Far from that being a criticism, the Bucks deserve credit for doing it so effectively. Harriers were totally dominant in a first half that saw them do everything except score.
As early as the second minute, Darryl Knights saw an effort blocked from a corner, Arthur Gnahoua then having sight of goal just after the quarter-hour, a low drive sailing just wide. The same player edged closer within seconds, thumping the bar with a beautifully-curled shot that Montgomery was never getting close to.
Past the half hour, Elton Ngwatala was next to take aim as, having cut inside, he charged like a wild beast towards goal before letting fly – only a great double-fist from Montgomery deflecting it away from the top corner.
Four minutes later it was back to Gnahoua, he beat a handful of visiting players before managing to get sight of goal, though his effort lacked a fraction of direction and the custodian was once again breathing a sigh of relief as it arrowed just over his bar.
It took Telford until three minutes of the second half to make any impression at all on the Harriers goal but when they did, it took a fantastic save from Alex Palmer to prevent a goal – a fine cross met by a strong header from Josh Wilson; Palmer there to parry it away to safety.
The hosts, soon after, tried to break through but Brown saw a shot arrow over the bar, Montgomery then once again forced into action two minutes later as he turned away another rising effort from Ngwatala.
Past the hour, sub Mani Dieseruvwe could only get a back-heeled finish to a Gnahoua cross which Mongtomery held, the keeper again in good form to parry once again as Ngwatala lined yet another one up.
Liam Truslove was another second-half addition and within minutes of coming on with a quarter-hour left to play, he hit an absolute rocket off a blocked ball, from fully 25 yards that Montgomery stood firm to keep away.
Harriers kept their composure, and with Telford seemingly delirious with the idea of a point, it was sheer relief around Aggborough
as the breakthrough finally, finally, finally came – a real scramble as Harriers tried to fire the ball home – eventually the ball falling to Knights, centre on goal, who tapped home for his first Harriers goal in many a year.