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Vs york city 
Rampant Reds run riot.

The Harriers finally clicked tonight against a York City side who were by no means poor.

In their keeper, Alan Fettis, York have one of the best in the league. If it wasn't for his absolutely superb first half display the scoreline could have been bigger.

In the second half though even a keeper of his breeding couldn't keep the rampant Reds out.

This is what the fans have been asking for all season. Not since the Worthington Cup game against Preston have we seen a display of such attacking power.

Both Jan and Lionel should sleep well tonight knowing that a great weight has been lifted from their shoulders.

And the players should also sleep well knowing that at least they will have another pay day, because there's no doubt that if we had lost this one then it was certain that the axe would have fallen by the weekend, one way or another.

There was a surprise debut for Abdou Sall after Adie Smith was declared unfit and also the first appearance of Matt Lewis on the bench.

Right from the off it was obvious that we meant business, Fettis made some stunning saves from Larkin, Broughton, Blake and Foster and twice the ball was cleared off the York line after shots from Larkin and Bennett.

But eventually the breakthrough came when Broughton finished off a move from Bennett and Foster with his head for his first goal of the season.

Fettis again came to Yorks rescue with more fine saves and although we were raining shots in from all angles it looked as if the second goal would never come.

We just knew that if we could have got a second goal before half time we would feel more happy.

There was another goal, but it was for York.

In one of Salls rare mistakes of the night he allowed the loose ball to drift away from him and there was Proctor waiting out wide to pick it up and whip it into the area for Nogan to hammer the ball past Brock on his return.

Good goal.

Seconds later the whistle blew for halftime and we had got to do it all again in the second.

HT. 1-1

We came out for the second period with all guns blazing again and this time the game was all over bar the shouting within minutes of the restart.

Sall got his first for the club when he powered in a header from Danny Williams vicious corner.
The poor lad was so excited I'm sure he's still celebrating now.

A minute later it was Ian Fosters turn for his first goal of the season when he skipped past a static York defender to slot the ball coolly past the advancing keeper.

It was 3-1 and we knew that we were on our way.

York tried to get back into it but they looked like a team well and truly beaten.

By the 63rd minute it was too late for them when Larkins angled pile driver rebounded off Fettis and went straight to the waiting Broughton who made no mistake in shooting from almost the same position.

Soon after Jan made a triple substitution when he took off Larkin, Foster and Williams for Hadley, Lewis and Shilton.

You could have read York like a book. Seeing the advantage in playing a team who had just had major heart surgery performed gave them new impetus and they started to play like a team with a bit of hope.

Luckily for the Reds it was just hope and they could not make the breakthrough although they came very, very close to it.

Nogan, I think it was, saw Brockie off his line and tried an audacious lob from fully 30 yds only to see Brockie back pedalling to tip it onto the front of the bar and cleared for a corner.

But the Harriers held on, even through the 5 minutes added on by that favourite of the fans, Mr S Castle who tonight was fourth official. I bet he was itching to get out there and do some Red card action.

The whistle finally went and we all trooped out happy, having just watched something like what we expect as long suffering fans.

Lets hope we get more of the same at Saarfend on Saturday.

FT. 4-1

Harriers-Online Man of the Match is

Abdou Sall

Nervous at first but settled down well. It was a joy to see him score and his celebration.

After that he put in a solid performance that should stand him in good stead for the future.


Brock, Stamps, Hinton, Clarkson, Williams, Bennett, Blake, Sall, Larkin, Foster, Broughton.
Subs;  Murphy, Shilton, Hadley, Lewis, Bird.

York City.
Fettis, Smith, Maley, Stamp, Hocking, Cooper, Brass, Bullock, Fox, Nogan, Proctor.
Subs;  Howarth, Basham, Richardson, O'Kane, Hobson.

Yellow. Harriers 1. Williams
Yellow. York City 2. Basham, Brass.

Red. Harriers 0.
Red. York City 0.

Referee;P. Armstrong (Thatcham) .

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name:: Lee
match details:: York City 23rd Oct (home)

What a performance, what a result and what a night!

Oh how long we have waited for the reds to dominate a match from start to finish, use the best players available and give someone a good stuffing.

Ironically it was some of the players who ran the show in the conference that starred for Kiddy tonight.

Bennett, Foster, Hinton, Stamps, Clarkson, all members of the 'old school' were superb and put to rest memories of Horne, Bogie and other mercenaries who jumped on the successful Aggborough band-wagon only to see it lose control and nearly slip off the road.

But we were back with a bang tonight, how good it was to see Ian Foster beating defenders and score goals again.

Broughton finally did what he has been promising to do all season and buried a header into the net, his second goal rifled into the net like a thunderbolt.

The only two things to put a damper on an otherwise terrific night was Larkin's failure to put his good chances away and another low attendance at Aggborough.
If we had lost that game then how different it would be now, another low attendance and poor result, heads would have rolled, but it doesn't matter because we have won 4-1.

The biggest ever league win for a team in Worcestershire.

Matt Lewis promised much and Abdou Sall showed why we don't need Shail anymore, his strange shorts may have made him look like a fool but he had the last laugh as he planted his header into the roof of the net.

Oh what a win can do for you!!!

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