HARRIERS struck an 85th minute winner to get back to winning ways, a dramatic finish to a tight 1-0 victory over Boston United at Aggborough.
We’re at a stage of the season where margins are fine and games are tight.
It would be an understatement to say this was an apt recollection of the first period as a whole, with chances at a premium to say the least.
As is so often the way, Harriers dominated the ball – especially in the early stages. But a disciplined and resolute Boston side was giving absolutely zero away on the cheap.
There was the odd sight of goal here and there; a fifth minute effort from Dan Nti probably being the best of the bunch as he, courtesy of a Joe Ironside stepover of a Zaine Francis-Angol cross, stabbed the ball toward goal only to see the effort well blocked.
Near the half-hour, skipper Keith Lowe did well to snuff out the threat of danger from Alex Simmons with a perfectly-timed tackle, Nti then lifting another attempt off target after turning wide in the area.
Sam Austin did try his luck with a couple of efforts from distance after cutting in from a wide position, but goalkeeper Ross Durrant was able to watch them drift off target, going to to show a safe pair of hands to an Nti effort that came within seconds of the restart.
Four before the hour we saw a goalkeeper extended and it was Hornby, throwing himself at a Ben Gordon shot after he got an angled drive away from a well-timed pass from Adam Chapman.
Nine minutes later Harriers then duly worked their first serious chance of the afternoon; on the counter-attack from a corner, the swift sub Sonupe did brilliantly to get beyond his man and charge down Durrant, seeing his low effort excellently dealt with by the keepers’ legs.
Just as the game then threatened to open up, it tightened once again with only the odd corner to note in terms of advancement for either team as defences came out on top with frustration visible.
Having been such a tight, tight game it was perhaps no surprise that it took a set play of all things to break the deadlock; a great McQuilkin delivery nodded on to the bar with the ball falling striaght on to the head of Ngwatala who forced it home to cue relief from Aggborough
and a lead for his team.