|Venue: Meadowbank Stadium Date: 03-10-23 Dorking Wanderers 0 Harriers 1 Att: 1630 (away fans: 74)
Harriers get a long overdue win
Report: Phil Lench
The Harriers won for the first time in twelve games at Dorking Wanderers this evening and that was only the second win since the second game of the season away at York City. The goal came from on loan Bailey Hobson following intense pressure on the wanderers back line throughout the first half. Sadly we pressed them less in the second half and could have paid the price if it hadn’t been for a mostly rock solid show from our defenders.
With two changes from Saturday: Sam Robinson getting his first start and Barry Maguire restored to the starting eleven it saw Zak Brown and Ashley Hemmings dropped to the bench. With Maguire back in it gave us more drive from midfield and we were all the better for it. We could have taken the lead earlier than the forty minute mark with shots peppering in from Gerry McDonagh, Joe Leesley and Hobson.
The goal was a thing of beauty and came from a sublime backheel from Leesley into the path of Hobson who took one touch then arrowed the ball past the flailing Harrison Male into the back of the bulging net. We could so easily have added a second straight after when Amari Morgan-Smith rose to meet a cross and send his header goalwards only for it to cannon back off the woodwork.
HT: 0 – 1
The second half got underway with two changes for the hosts in an effort to get back into the game. Off went Bobby-Joe Taylor and Aaron Kuhl to be replaced by Isaac Philpot and Harry Ottaway. That move saw the Dorking game improve greatly on their very poor first half and at first we struggled to cope.
Ten minutes in and Sam Robinson went down twice with cramp, the result of him not having played much this season, and he went off to be replaced by Ash Hemmings who, worryingly, went to right back but he did ok there in the end.
Our attacks on the Dorking goal were rarer but our defenders stood up to the increased onslaught from them well. So well that they hardly tested Christian Dibble much at all.
Leesley put a cross onto the bar and AMS fired well over while Ottaway should have done better for his team with a shot that was wildly off target. Their best chance of the night – possibly their only chance – came when defender George Francomb volleyed the ball against the crossbar following Ottaways knock down.
We could have sealed the game in the dying minutes when Gerry McDonagh ran onto a loose ball with Dorking up the other end of the pitch but his control was slow and his movement even slower and by the time he’d composed himself a defender had got back to rob him of the ball. Yes we still need a lethal striker.
With six minutes of added on time to play it was hoped that Russ Penn would have freshened the team up with a couple of substitutes but it never happened. AMS was out on his feet and Kieran Phillips should have come on for him to team up with Hobson for five minutes but that never happened and eventually the six minutes was up and we had won at long last.
Now we need to do the same again at home to Wealdstone FC on Saturday.
FT: 0 – 1
Goal for Harriers: Hobson 41
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