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Date: 29-01-08 Harriers send Swifts flying
The Harriers sent Stourport Swifts out of the Worcester Senior Cup tonight with an emphatic 5-0 win and all the goals coming during the first half, including a hat trick from Matt Barnes-Homer.

Matt Barnes-Homer The line-up included the Manager Mark Yates, Physio Ian Foster and the Assistant Manager Neil Howarth with the remainder of the side made up with a selection of first team faces.  It took just five minutes for Neil Howarth the score the first goal of the night - a header glanced home from a corner - followed on sixteen minutes with Ian Foster going through to score after a mistake from the Swifts keeper, Craig Ladek.

Seconds later and MBH opened his account with the first of his trio.  Brian Smikle put in the cross for him to send the ball through the legs of the hapless Ladek.

His second goal came from a cross from Blackwood, headed home with ease and his third goal, and final one of the night, came a minute before the break when he beat the Swifts defence to hammer home the first hat trick of his career.

The second half saw a respite for shell shocked Swifts as the Harriers failed to increase their lead further.  Just efforts from Foster, Gavin Hurren and Michael McGrath gave the fans something to cheer about.

In the end it was a good result for us in a competition that we never take too seriously.  I wonder who we'll draw in the next round? Will it be a top side like Bromsgrove Rovers?

Listen in on Hereford Worcester radio on Monday lunchtime to find out*.

Harriers:
Coleman, Howarth, Blackwood (Christie 67), Hurren, Creighton, Yates (Ferrell 45), Smikle, Russell (Bignot 53), Barnes-Homer, Foster, McGrath

Unused subs: Bevan, Constable.

Attendance: 279


* It's Worcester City some day soon in the semi final.


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