The Harriers efforts to get promoted back at the first attempt were rewarded in this tough encounter with in form Stockport at Aggborough today when a great opportunists goal from Arthur Gnahoua on the stroke of halftime sent us into the break happy and then mid way through the second period a stunning flying header from Elton N'Gwatala gave us the clinching goal to win the game. Stockport played part in a rip roaring game too and had their fair chance to win the game too but their shooting was way below par.
We started the game with a return to the side for Zaine Francis-Angol at the expense of Josh Ezewele who dropped to the bench. There was still no sign of Mani Dieseruvwe after he failed a fitness test last Saturday and appears to have done the same today.
A win for us today, coupled with a dropping of points for Salford at home to Telford, would have put us back into second place in the table but it was County that were the strongest out of the blocks. For almost the first fifteen minutes of the game the ball remained in their possession and we could hardly get the ball off them. In that time they could and should have taken the lead after a Sefton Gonzales through ball played in their leading scorer Danny Lloyd to hit the post.
We came alive to the threat that was staring us in the face and began to put our game together a little without ever threatening Ben Hinchcliffe in the County goal. N'Gwatala came the closest when he saw his shot blocked by a defender but again we seemed afraid to shoot on sight and any openings we created were easily snuffed out due to our hesitancy in front of goal.
With two such in form teams it was never going to be an end to end battle and so it proved with most of the action taking place in midfield. It took an inspired run from Arthur Gnahoua to break the ice when an equally inspired long ball (Harriers? long ball???) went over the blue clad defenders and towards the keeper. It looked impossible that Arthur would reach the ball but he did and he didn't give up as two covering defenders failed to appreciate his speed as he nipped between them to slot the ball under the keeper and home.
It could have been two goals to take into the break for the Reds when Tyrone Williams broke free of his marker to send over a cross that Andre Brown fired just wide with a second left to go.