Harriers Stand Strong To Defeat Rivals: Harriers 2-0 Stockport County
Harriers stood up well to a strong Stockport County side to see them off with a goal in each half.
Zaine Francis-Angol returned to the side after injury, with Tyrell Waite also coming back into the starting line-up; Josh Ezewele and Darryl Knights dropped down to the bench.
Stockport came to Aggborough unbeaten in twelve league games and looked like a team in good form. On the quarter-hour mark they could have taken the lead; Jimmy Ball beat the offside trap on the right and set up Danny Lloyd who saw his shot hit the near post.
The two teams were evenly matched and goalmouth action was thin on the ground in the first half. Harriers took the lead, though, in stoppage time; Tyrone Williams' long pass found Arthur Gnahoua who held off his marker before slotting the ball past Ben Hinchcliffe to record his 14th goal of the season. Before the interval Harriers could have doubled their advantage when Williams crossed from the right for Andre Brown who turned and shot wide of the near post.
After the break Harriers were stronger and on the hour a good move involving Brown and Waite on the right saw the latter cross low to the near post where Gnahoua was thwarted by Hinchcliffe.
At the other end Stockport battled to get back into the game; Lloyd made a run through the middle before finding and unmarked Josh Amis on the left who fired wide across the face of goal.
Harriers made the game safe ten minutes from the end when Gnahoua crossed from the left for Elton Ngwatala who guided a stooping header beyond the reach of Hinchliffe.
In the last minute County almost pulled a goal back when Sefton Gonzalez hit a good shot on the turn but Alex Palmer was equal to it, diving to his left to save.