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Wasted Opportunity: Brackley Town 2-0 Harriers
February 28, 2017

Wasted Opportunity: Brackley Town 2-0 Harriers

Harriers dominated the game at Brackley but were hit by two late goals to miss the chance to close the gap on league leaders Fylde.

Unchanged from the side that beat Stockport at the weekend Harriers enjoyed vast amounts of possession throughout the game, passing the ball around well on the slick surface as they played in wet and windy conditions that made life difficult for both sides.

Apart from an early overhead kick by Tyrell Waite that went narrowly over the bar it took until six minutes before the break until Harriers came really close to breaking the deadlock; a training ground free-kick routine found its way to Tyrone Williams whose shot beat Laurie Walker in the Brackley goal but hit both posts before being cleared for a corner.

Harriers finished the half strongly; a James McQuilkin cross from the right found Waite beyond the far post but his volley hit the side netting and after a strong run by Arthur Gnahoua McQuilkin had his shot saved by Walker.

After the break the game continued in a similar pattern but the home side were nearly gifted the lead just ahead of the hour when Williams' back-pass fell short and allowed Steve Diggin to pounce, taking the ball around Alex Palmer only to see his shot cleared off the line by Jordan Tunnicliffe.

Harriers created a number of good openings and half chances but were not clinical enough to take them, Gnahoua's cross from the left that Mani Dieseruvwe headed across the face of goal the closest they came in the final quarter of the game.

Against the run of play Brackley took the lead with seven minutes remaining; Harriers failed to clear a ball through the middle, a fortunate bounce taking the ball straight to substitute David Moyo on the left who fired his shot beyond Palmer into the far corner of the net.

Two minutes later Moyo picked up the ball in the inside-right channel and broke into the penalty area before firing past Palmer to seal the victory.

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