Play-off aim hit

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weak shot, Jalal was un­able to stop it from find­ing the back of the net.

The vis­i­tors’ mis­ery was com­pounded on 23 min­utes with a fur­ther ef­fort, and it was a fa­mil­iar face this time around.

Ben Whit­field cut-in from the right hand side then crossed the ball to the back post where for­mer Mac­cles­field man Gna­houa was on hand to add the killer third.

Askey had seen enough and in­tro­duced Den­nis and Danny Rowe for Reece Turner and Reece Sty­che de­spite lit­tle over half of the open­ing pe­riod be­ing played, and Macc’s per­for­mance did im­prove slightly.

Danny Whi­taker had a chance to bring the game back to life but his shot was saved by Dean Sned­ker, be­fore Den­nis fired wide af­ter be­ing found Rowe.

Whi­taker was then de­nied a penalty at the start of the se­cond half, and when the ref­eree ad­judged the con­tact to be un­wor­thy of a spot­kick, it looked like it wasn’t go­ing to be the vis­i­tor’s day.

Askey’s men did have their op­por­tu­ni­ties, though; Jack Samp­son be­ing the next to test the host’s goal, be­fore Chris Suther­land had a chance smoth­ered out by the alert Sned­ker.

At the other end, Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton then per­formed a great tackle to deny pacey sub­sti­tute Omari Pa­trick from get­ting a po­ten­tial fourth.

181 trav­el­ling Silk­men would yet see their side break Har­rier’s re­silience, and it was no sur­prise to see who got the goal.

Den­nis was brought down by Zaine Fran­coisAn­gol 25-yards away from goal, and the Stock­port County loa­nee picked him­self up to de­liver a fan­tas­tic free-kick that bet­tered any of his pre­vi­ous twenty suc­cesses on goal this sea­son.

Mem­o­ries of his spec­tac­u­lar ef­fort are likely to be lost amidst an oth­er­wise for­get­table day for Askey’s men, who are now five points adrift of the play-offs ahead of a tricky run of games.


●● Kris­tian Den­nis scored his 21st goal of the sea­son against Kid­der­min­ster Har­ri­ers

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