An excellent all round performance saw Town leave Hinckley with all three points.Lee Elam and Craig Radcliffe were the unlucky duo to be left out of the Town line up.
On a sweltering afternoon both sides found it hard to establish early superiority. Town’s Adam Bolder and Luke Dean both tested home keeper Robert Peet,while at the other end,the impressive Phil Green exploited hesitancy in the Town defence,but shot well wide.
Harrogate‘s Jose Veiga showed a safe pair of hands to cut out Hinckley’s crosses and Ben Richards-Everton headed onto the roof of the Town net,but it was the visitors who opened the scoring.
On 35 minutes,Mark Dudley fouled the dangerous Dwayne Samuels.Charlie Raglan totally miskicked Paul Bolland’s free kick,leaving Chib Chilaka to slot home from close range.
Town continued to push forward and Bolland and Chilaka combined to play in Dean but he dragged his shot wide.
Shane Killock had to be alert to block Dudley’s searching cross,as the half drew to a close.
The Knitters pushed hard for an equaliser and Veiga did well to tip Green’s wicked cross away from the head of sub Jake Holt.
From Green’s following corner Richards-Everton rose highest to head over the bar.
That was the high water mark for Hinckley,for just as in the first half Samuels was fouled,and this time it was Shane Killock who soared above the home defence to head in Bolland’s free kick.
Town’s travelling supporters were sent home happy as Town dominated the last 25 minutes.
Chilaka picked up a misplaced pass and broke clear before squaring to sub Jonny Allan,who unfortunately, chipped weakly at Peet.
With five minutes left Dean’s left wing centre found Allan who beat Peet,only to see his shot rebound off the inside of the post.
Town 1 Veiga 2 Samuels 3 Merris 4 Bolder 5 White 6 Killock 7 Nowakowski 8 Bolland (c) 9 Chilaka (Meechan 82) 10 Beesley (Allan 77) 11 Dean
Unused subs 14 Bloomer 16 Youhill 17 Stimpson
Scorers Chilaka 35 Killock 63 Bookings Merris, White