A look back to Saturday’s game in the National League…
By Matty Paddock - 11/11/2023
Posted 3 weeks ago
A STRONG second half showing at Aldershot wasn’t enough to undo a lesser first period as Harriers fell to a 1-0 defeat.
The Shots had the better of it in the first half thanks to chances from Barham and Stokes – Christian Dibble thwarting the former with a good, low stop before the latter fired wide by a matter of inches.
The breakthrough came on 24 minutes, a long ball upfield flicked on into the path of Stokes, who tussled left and right with his man before tucking the ball into the net.
Oxlade-Chamberlain almost netted against his former club on 34 minutes, but saw his rising effort after an advance through midfield fly wide of the upright.
Aldershot, meanwhile, forced Dibble into another save courtesy of a Glover effort with three to go to the break.
Harriers were brighter after the restart and set about causing the Shots more problems, Ben Tollitt firing off target on his debut twice – once after a neat lay-off from Morgan-Smith and again after a driving run through midfield.
Arguably the best Harriers chance of the day came on 70 minutes. Pearce did superbly to switch the ball between his feet to create space, but scooped an effort over the bar from six yards.
Ten minutes later, a good ball from Brown released McLean – he charged at pace before supplying Robinson via Hobson – his driven cross was met by the head of Morgan-Smith, but his effort was blocked.
A minute later, Hobson saw his shot – through a crowd of bodies – well held by the goalkeeper, before the hosts saw out their win.
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