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Harriers Close In On Leaders: Harriers 1-0 AFC Telford United
January 21, 2017

Harriers Close In On Leaders: Harriers 1-0 AFC Telford United

Harriers' second clean sheet in-a-row helped them to close the gap on leaders AFC Fylde to just six points.

Zaine Francis-Angol returned from injury to restore the Harriers defence to its strongest configuration but it was the visitors who came to defend.  Having prevented Harriers from playing their normal game in the first league meeting of the clubs earlier in the season and attempted to do the same in the FA Trophy Telford set out once again to frustrate.

Harriers gradually took control of an often dour encounter and could have taken the lead after 18 minutes when leading scorer Arthur Gnahoua tried his luck from long range but fired narrowly wide and then moments later he cut in from the right before firing against the crossbar.

Elton Ngwatala also had a good chance to open the scoring before the interval but his shot was pushed away by United goalkeeper James Montgomery.

The visitors almost caught Harriers out early in the second half when Edward Jones' cross from the right found an unmarked Josh Wilson but Alex Palmer pulled off an excellent save to keep out his header.

Just past the hour mark Gnahoua did well on the right wing to create an opening for Mani Dieseruvwe but his back-heeled shot was comfortable for Montgomery to save.  Gnahoua was a constant thorn in United's side and on 72 minutes he went close again, his shot was heading towards the top corner of the net until it was headed away by Gianluca Havern.

Ten minutes from the end Gnahoua again was involved, his free-kick was blocked and Liam Truslove's follow-up shot was saved by Montgomery.

Harriers finally broke the deadlock five minutes from the end; Gnahoua, yet again, exchanged passes with Ngwatala on the left wing before making a strong run into the penalty area and pulling the ball back to Darryl Knights.  His shot was wayward and the ball went back to Gnahoua who teed up Knights for a second attempt and this time he was able to sweep the ball past Montgomery to win the game and record his first goal since his return to the club.

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