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Posted Fri 02 Sep 16 at 21:30 PM

Report: Reds stand firm, win again

HARRIERS dug in deep to record another away win, a fine performance earning a 1-0 success at Darlington.

Harriers had made a point of starting their first away games of the season in real style. 

Against Curzon Ashton, Nuneaton and Boston, early goals set the tone for the afternoon and put the team on their way to points on the road.

The very early stages of this one were a little more tense as a physical and confident Darlo side set about organising their stall for the night but, after weathering some early attacks including a chance from Liam Hardy that went wide of the target, the reds did establish a lead.

It was before the quarter-hour mark and, as Harriers broke forward in numbers, a fine combination between Francis-Angol and Gnahoua saw the latter find some space outside the area before curling an effort beyond goalkeeper Jameson and into the net for his fourth of the season.

The hosts responded with a Gilbraith header that was nodded wide a few moments later, before the same player blazed over when well placed on the half-hour mark slamming off target on the angle with only Hornby to beat.

Gnahoua was a clear and obvious threat for John Eustace's men in the first half and, just seconds after the restart he was again driving at the home defence who seemed powerless to stop him - just as with his goal, space opened up in front of him and he took aim, Jameson staying behind this one to parry it high up into the air and out of the ground. 

The Quakers then countered five after the hour with a solid chance of their own as Beck met a deep cross into the box with a good header - missing only the direction as it sailed off target. That man again, Gilbraith, was again then at the front of the attack as he took a well-placed free kick with a rising attempt that dropped only narrowly over the top of the bar.

There then followed a nail-biting passage of play in which Darlington must surely have thought they'd score. Mitchell rose to meet a cross into the area but somehow nodded against the bar from less than six yards, while Beck, on the follow up, found his clearance blocked on the line.

Press and press they did, and soon after Hornby was called upon to do his duty, superbly tipping wide an effort from Nowakowski as he turned sharply in the box and fired towards the top corner.

And yet, amongst all the pressure and chances for Darlo, there was a chance for Harriers to seal the win inside the final few minutes when Williams crossed for Dieseruvwe, the striker stabbing wide from close range.

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