Late Winner Keeps Hopes Alive: Harriers 1-0 Boston United
April 13, 2017

Late Winner Keeps Hopes Alive: Harriers 1-0 Boston United

Elton Ngwatala struck three minutes from time to give Harriers three points in a tough encounter with Boston and keep their fading hopes of catching Fylde alive.

After the disappointment of a midweek defeat at relegation-threatened Stalybridge Harriers needed to bounce back with another win but were made to work hard for it despte dominating possession throughout the game.

The return of Ngwatala after injury was one of two changes to the side - Josh Ezewele coming in for Jared Hodgkiss the other - and the Frenchman was lively in the early stages of the game.  Harriers passed the ball around well without ever threatening Ross Durrant in the visitors' goal; Joe Ironside had the first effort at goal but missed the target, on the half hour Ngwatala's pass set Zaine Francis-Angol away on the left who fed the ball inside to Daniel Nti who fired over the bar.

Harriers were also dealt a blow after 32 minutes when Ezewele was forced out of the game with injury, Tyrone Williams coming on in his place.

After the break Harriers continued to dominate, and must have had around two-thirds to three-quarters of possession; Nti forced Durrant into a save but his effort lacked any real power and was easy for the keeper to deal with.  On 65 minutes substitute Manny Sonupe raced on to a pass through the middle, his pace allowing him to get away fro the defenders, but Durrant did well to come out and save at his feet.

With the game seemingly heading to a goalless draw Harriers eventually got the breakthrough that their patience deserved; James McQuilkin made a strong run on the left, his cross was headed against the bar by Sonupe and Ngwatala was on hand to head in from close range at the far post.


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