|Bo bombs O's.
On Friday evening Jan signed two players on loan and by the same time the following day they had grabbed a goal apiece to give us a well deserved result against a mediocre Leyton Orient.
Those two, Richard Appleby and Bo Henriksen, had been sent on by Jan at just the right moment as the game looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw after Orients Minton had got an equaliser against the run of play.
Harriers started the game cautiously and for the first ten minutes we had passes going astray and fouls being committed but luckily Orient could not seem to be able to take advantage.
Abdou was guilty for most of the fouls and from one handball offence Orient had their first attempt on goal.
Minton took the free kick but Mark Blake only succeeded in heading it back to him.
From Minton's second attempt the ball was headed away yet again, this time from Danny Williams.
Minutes later Orient threatened the Harriers goal again when Harris picked up the ball thirty yards out and let fly. Stuart Brock, in goal for the Reds, needed two attempts to stop it.
Brockie was then put under pressure from one of his own team mates when Abdou's backpass was intercepted by McLean who just missed getting a toe to it.
Luckily Stuart managed to clear it for a corner.
The game changed direction completely in the 19th minute when Dean Bennett scored his second goal in two games.
Danny Williams won the ball in midfield and set Deano free to run onto the ball. Dean swapped passes with Larkin and then slotted the ball under the advancing Orient keeper from 30ft out.
The small, but noisy, throng of Harriers fans errupted in praise of Deano at the same time as the announcer said that the goal had been scored by Larks.
Orient had a chance to get a goal back straight from the re-start following another Sall misdemeanour but the free kick flew wide.
The half ended with the Reds (Platinums??) on top and looking good for an even better second half.
Within minutes of the restart Danny Williams came close to extending the lead but his shot from Broughtons pass never gave Barrett in the Orient goal much of a problem.
Orient made a substitution just after when they exchanged Beall with Houghton in an attempt to get something from the game. Something which they, so far, had looked unlikely to.
Houghton immediately got into the thick of it, crossing the ball for Martin, who put in a fierce shot but Brockie saved easily.
Harriers then went on the attack again but Ian Foster wasted a glorious chance when he opted to shoot at the keeper instead of giving the ball to the better placed Broughton.
Then Deano's left foot shot caught an Orient defender foot but the keeper saw it in time and managed to get to the ball in time.
Then came a silly spell when first Sall was eventually booked and then Orient scored.
Again it was the defenders inability to clear from a corner that resulted in a goal for Jeff Minton. Hinton headed the ball away, but only as far as the waiting striker who made no mistake with a powerful left foot shot.
Straight after Scott Stamps went into the refs black book when he earned himself a booking for a tackle on McLean that looked worse than it was.
Next came the first of two controversial decisions when Drewe Broughton was clearly bought down by McGhee on the edge of the box with only the keeper left to beat. The ref waved play on.
Then the 'linesman who thought he was the ref' totally messed up when he flagged Drewe and Larkin for offside on the halfway line with two Orient defenders two yds in front of them.
Drewe then found himself in the book for the dubious offence of sliding in on Houghton, but not making contact with him, and putting the ball out for a throw in.
Larkin then missed a golden opportunity to increase the lead with the goal mouth gaping and the keeper nowhere but he tamely shot at the covering defender and the ball was cleared to safety.
The game looked to be heading for stalemate when Jan made his inspired substitutions.
First he took off Foster and sent on Appleby, the first of the loanees from Swansea.
Appleby soon got stuck in and impressed the watching Harriers fans with his composure on the ball.
Minutes later it was his composure in front of goal that impressed when, with the ball flying about in the goal mouth, he sneaked in to head the ball off a defenders foot and into the back of the net.
Straight after the other new loan player came on for Larkin and almost straight away he in turn made himself into a hero.
Henriksen has long blond hair, tied back a la Emmanuel Petit, and it took him all of two minutes to get on the scoresheet when he collected Stampers cross and lifted the ball over the keeper.
By the time the celebrations had finished the Orient fans had left the building.
This was our best away result of the season so far with as much satisfaction as the game at Cheltenham last season when we won by the same score.
Harriers-Online Man of the Match is
Stamper gave us another display of his powers.
He never put a foot wrong all day and his crosses were perfection made simple.
Brock, Clarkson, Hinton, Sall, Stamps, Bennett, Williams, Blake, Larkin, Broughton, Foster.
Subs; Smith, Murphy, Ducros, Appleby, Henriksen.
Barrett, Joseph, Smith, McGhee, Jones, Beall, Harris, Minton, Martin, Watts, McLean.
Subs; Tate, Gough, Canham, Houghton, Morris.
Yellow. Harriers 3. Sall, Stamps, Broughton
Yellow. Orient 0.
Red. Harriers 0.
Red. Orient 0.
Referee;Mr T Bates (Stoke).
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