Croasdale Strike Lifts Harriers to Third: Stockport County 0-1 Harriers
Ryan Croasdale's first goal for the club was enough to give Harriers their first-ever win at Edgeley Park.
Fielding an unchanged starting line-up from the side that had won at Harrogate in midweek Harriers started brightly and should have taken a tenth minute lead. Liam Truslove's sweeping pass found Mani Dieseruvwe on the right wing, after a strong run he pulled the ball back to Truslove who had continued his run but with the goal at his mercy he dragged his shot wide.
County were not prepared to roll over, however, and gave Harriers a stern test. They could have taken the lead themselves on 18 minutes when James McQuilkin's clearance hit a County player and dropped invitingly in the penalty area for John Marsden who looked to be offside but was allowed to play on only for Sam Hornby to save his shot.
Late in the half Harriers had more chances to break the deadlock; first when James McQuilkin's cross from the right found Dieseruvwe but he headed wide and then when leading scorer Arthur Gnahoua saw his shot saved by the legos of County keeper Ben Hinchcliffe.
After the break County pressed hard to take the lead and kept Harriers under a lot of pressure for substantial periods of the half. Just ahead of the hour mark James Hooper saw his shot from distance tipped over the bar by Hornby.
The first goal of the game finally came after 64 minutes; McQuilkin and Tyrell Waite combined on the left with McQuilkin breaking into the penalty area on the left before rolling the ball square to Croasdale who slotted it into the bottom corner of the net.
In the closign stages of the game Harriers had to soak up a lot of pressure from the hosts but in stoppage time could have made the game safe when Zaine Francis-Angol broke on the left and found substitute Andre Brown but his shot was saved by Hinchcliffe who did well to rush off his line to block.