Report: Harriers see off Bucks

2018 off to a winning start….

Sam Austin in action against AFC Telford on New Year's Day (c) Express & Star

A GOAL in each half was enough to Harriers pick up a routine win at Aggborough as they downed AFC Telford United 2-0.

Andre Brown side-footed his team in front before the break, before Harriers had two huge appeals for a penalty waved away either side of the interval.

Wright’s goal, following up on a save, put the game to bed against a Bucks side who struck the bar late on but, otherwise, never really threatened.

The hosts dominated then first half, picking their moments to attack against a United defence more concerned with leaving their mark on the opposition.

Pearson nodded a ball over the top early on, before Ngwatala danced his way to two chances as he drove forward, each forcing Jas Singh into a strong save.

The breakthrough came six before the break as the reds got their noses in front; Ngwatala again involved as he picked up on Taylor’s pass to cross for Brown who calmly tucked the ball away.

The first of two cast-iron penalty calls came on the stroke of half-time when Peason was clipped in the area, but Harriers kept up the chances the other side of the break as Austin struck a volley wide on 52.

A brief flurry of chances finally saw United get into the game as Dinanga struck wide and Marsden forced Hall into a low save around the hour, before Harriers were again appealing for a spot-kick when Truslove was crudely halted in the box.

It mattered not in then end – 73 minutes on the clock when the midfielder charged forward and struck at goal; Singh parrying the ball into the path of Wright who reacted quickest to finish.

Jordan Murphy had Telford’s clearest chance straight after when he shot straight at Hall when through, shortly before Lussey hit the bar from distance.

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