Report: Goalless at Aggborough

No goals as the points are shared on the first home game of the season…

Joe Ironside in action against AFC Telford (c) PA

HARRIERS and AFC Telford United battled to a goalless draw at Aggborough in National League North.

In a fairly tense game with few chances, a Darryl Knights effort in the first half was a close as the Bucks came, while Harriers almost turned one home in hitting the post in injury time.

While it was a game of very few clear-cut chances, the immense tempo at which it was played made for an entertaining affair.

Sam Austin’s sixth minute shot, well held, was Harriers first sight of goal while, eleven minutes later, Darryl Knights had the first of two chances in quick succession – one going just over and the other needing a save from Brandon Hall. In between the two, Ellis Deeney also saw an effort saved.

Either side of the half-hour mark saw Ironside go close with a volley and a header that were held and went just over the bar respectively, Bradley then also narrowly missing the target with his own headed attempt.

Speculative efforts from Horsfall and Chambers early in the second half kept Harriers busy, but the latter would go considerably closer on 64 minutes when his far-post finish was hooked off the line.

Shane Sutton’s header two minutes later was Telford’s last attempt of the night as they shut up shop early in favour of a point.

That meant Harriers had to probe to find a way through and, in the third minute of seven added on at the end of the night they almost managed it – sub Baxendale driving an effort through a crowd of bodies and the legs of O’Connor, only to be denied by the foot of the post.

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