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Darlington 1883 0(0) v (1)1 Kidderminster Harriers

National League North - Heritage Park - 2 September 2016

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Individual Stats
Darlington
Shots
Fouls
Off.
v Kidderminster
Shots
Fouls
Off.
 
On
Off
For
Ag
     
On
Off
For
Ag
 
Peter Jameson 5 0[1] 0 0 0 0 [1] Sam Hornby 7 0[4] 0 0 0 0
Liam Marrs 5 0 0 0 0 0 [2] Tyrone Williams 6 0 0 1 0 0
Terry Galbraith 5 0 3 1 1 1 [3] Zaine Francis-Angol 6 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Burgess 5 1(1) 1 1 1 0 [5] Keith Lowe 6 0 0 1 0 0
Chris Hunter 5 0 0 0 1 0 [6] Jordan Tunnicliffe 6 0 0 2 2 0
Leon Scott 6 1 0 0 0 1 [8/4] Ryan Croasdale 6 0 0 1 1 0
Tom Portas 5 0 0 1 0 0 [7] Tyrell Waite 6 0 1 0 1 0
Phil Turnbull 5 0 0 0 0 0 [4/8] James McQuilkin 5 0 0 1 0 0
Mark Beck 5 1(1) 0 1 1 1 [9] Mani Dieseruvwe 6 0 1 2 0 3
Liam Hardy 5 1(1) 1 1 1 0 [10] Elton Ngwatala 5 0 1 0 1 0
Stephen Thompson 5 0 0 2 2 0 [11] Arthur Gnahoua 9 2(1) 1 0 1 0
Nathan Cartman 5 0 0 0 1 0 [12] Sam Austin 5 0 1 1 0 0
Amar Purewal           [14] Liam Truslove          
Adam Mitchell 5 1(1) 0 1 0 0 [15] Robert Stambolziev          
Adam Nawakowski 5 0 0 0 1 0 [16] Andre Brown 5 0 0 0 0 1
Mark Bell           [13/17] Wayne Thomas 5 0 0 0 2 0
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Darlington 9 3 11 5 5
Kidderminster 8 4 4 2 5
GOALS
Darlington Kidderminster
    14 Arthur Gnahoua
Formations
Darlington
    Jameson    
Marrs Burgess   Hunter Galbraith
         
Portas Turnbull   Scott Thompson
         
  Beck   Hardy  
Kidderminster
    Hornby    
Williams Lowe   Tunnicliffe Francis-Angol
    Croasdale    
  McQuilkin   Ngwatala  
Waite       Gnahoua
    Dieseruvwe    
SUBSTITUTIONS
Darlington Kidderminster
53 Mitchell Scott Mitchell to right central midfield, turnbull to left central midfield. 56 Thomas McQuilkin Thomas to defensive midfield, Croasdale to right central midfield.
63 Nawakowski Portas Mawakowski to right central midfield, Mitchell to right midfield. 66 Austin Waite Austin to right wing.
63 Cartman Hardy Cartman to striker. 83 Brown Ngwatala Brown to left wing, Gnahoua to right central midfield, Croasdale to left central midfield.
BOOKINGS
Darlington Away
Thompson 83 Foul   Tunnicliffe 63 Foul  
Referee: Will Finnie (Northumberland)
Match Report by St@tto

Arthur Gnahoua's fourth goal of the season was enough to earn Harriers victory in their first big test of the season.

Darlington had been amongst the early pacesetters in the division, losing just once in the opening games of the campaign before this game kicked-off, and began the game one place above Harriers in the league.

John Eustace stuck with the same side that had beaten Altrincham earlier in the week and they began the game well knocking the ball around nicely on the excellent surface at Bishop Auckland's Heritage Park.

Gnahoua struck after just 13 minutes to give Harriers the lead, curling in a shot from outside the penalty area in the inside-left channel after good build up play involving James McQuilkin and Zaine Francis-Angol.

Darlington had chances of their own at the other end of the pitch that could have got them back into the game, fortunately for Harriers they fell to a defender rather than a striker and were wasted: from a left wing corner Terry Galbraith rose at the far post but headed wide and then after being put in on the left blasted his shot over the bar.

Elton Ngwatala tried his luck from distance shortly before the interval but his shot took a deflection and went narrowly wide but the officials didn't award a corner.

After the break Gnahoua had an early chance to double the advantage but his 20-yard effort was pushed over the bar by Peter Jameson for a corner.

As the game wore on Darlington became more frantic and threw everything that they had at Harriers in search of an equaliser.  Galbraith fired over the bar with a free-kick from the right and a Mark Beck header was saved by Sam Hornby that lead to a scramble that ended with Ryan Croasdale clearing off the line.

Hornby made another good save to deny Kevin Burgess and then held another free-kick that was headed to the top corner of the goal, this time from substitute Adam Mitchell.

Harriers could have wrapped up the game with just four minutes remaining; Gnahoua got free on the right and crossed low to the near post where Mani Dieseruvwe was unmarked but steered his shot wide of the upright.

Despite this missed opportunity Harriers were able to see out the remaining time to claim victory and the points that earned them a share of top spot in the league.