The Harriers saw off the threat to their hopes of some silverware today when they thrashed a very poor Scarborough side and in truth they could have easily doubled the score if it hadn't been for the woodwork and some last gasp defending.
Twice in the opening minutes we saw two stunning shots hit the crossbar, first from Russell Penn and then a few minutes later from Simon Heslop. Thankfully we did finally open the scoring on thirteen minutes after a scramble in the goalmouth ended with Lee Thompson claiming the final touch as the ball slipped in past the 'Boro keeper Dunbavin.
We started the game with Iyseden Christie in the starting line-up after initial fears that he would not make the team sheet following a neck injury from two weeks ago. Michael Blackwood found himself restored to the side after the return of Marc Pugh back to Burnley and on the bench came Gareth Sheldon back from injury.
The game started very hesitantly with most of the ball being played above the cloud line or being sent out of play for throw-ins but then once the initial jitters were overcome the Harriers settled down to play some slick passing football. They were being given every opportunity to display their skills though because Scarborough were just as bad as the Dagenham side that we beat 3-1 two weeks ago.
The second goal went in on twenty four minutes when Michael Blackwood managed to get onto the end of a perfect cross from the impressive Patrick Flynn and send the ball flying into the back of the away sides net. Minutes later and we could have easily gone three up but this time a Scarborough defender managed to get to a downward header from Johnny Mullins just in time and clear it away to safety.
With the referee looking at his watch to see when halftime would be up pops Christie to get on the end of a Terry Fleming free kick and deflect it past Dunbavin for the third strike of what had been a comprehensive first half rout of the struggling Northeners.