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Harriers Battle To Sixth Win: Harriers 2-1 Darlington 1883
December 17, 2016

Harriers Battle To Sixth Win: Harriers 2-1 Darlington 1883

Promotion-chasing Darlington gave Harriers a tough test but The Reds battled to a sixth straight victory.

Harriers had to survive an early setback, the visitors taking an early lead, but managed to impose themselves on the game enough to come back to take the points.

With just seven minutes on the clock Josh Gillies got free on the left wing and his low cross into the goalmouth found Dave Syers who prodded the ball into the roof of the net.

The lead lasted just 73 seconds, though, Elton Ngwatala's pass sent James McQuilkin racing clear, his shot beat the onrushing Peter Jameson in the visitors' goal but came back off the post; Tyrell Waite was on hand, though, to lash in the rebound.

Before the break both teams could have gone in front; Syers lofted a chip from the edge of the penalty area narrowly wide of the post and at the other end Tyrone Williams' cross found leading scorer Arthur Gnahoua who head across the face of goal.

The visitors had come with a plan to frustrate Harriers and stop them playing their normal game, which worked for large parts of the game as it had in the first meeting of the clubs earlier in the season forcing Harriers to defend and soak up pressure.

Fifteen minutes from the end, though, Harriers went in front; McQuilkin's free-kick from the left was lofted to the far post where skipper Keith Lowe rose highest to head past Jameson.

Harriers should have had the game wrapped up three minutes later.  Substitute Mani Dieseruvwe was pushed over in the penalty area by Gary Brown.  Ngwatala took the penalty but his shot was weak and easy for Jameson to save diving to his left.

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