Harriers 2 York City 0
away fans: 93
Harriers march on towards the top
The Harriers run towards the top of the League continued tonight at the expense of a mediocre York City. This result also kept our un-beaten home record going and also having scored in every game so far this season. One day soon the bubble will burst but on tonight's showing not that soon.
Yet again we started with the same team as in previous weeks and that in itself must be something of a record too. Six games I make it.
For City they bought along a much changed side that included Peter Holmes after he signed for them yesterday and also Simon Russell to meet his old mates and fans. To be honest he had what seemed to be a muted welcome from us and after all the fuss from his legion of non admirers you have to wonder whether any of them turned up.
From the start we were the stronger side and that continued throughout the game except for a ten minute spell after we scored. They threw on a substitute, Sodje, that seemed to wake them up and we looked a bit shaky but still managed to hold firm.
Justin Richards could have put us into an early lead but, having done all the hard work in meeting Barnes-Homers great cross, he put his shot wide with just the keeper to beat.
Midway through the half and all hell broke loose in the City goalmouth. Martin Brittain swung the corner ball into the area and Luke Jones got on the end of it to power it goalwards. It was cleared away by Simon Rusk but only as far as Mark Creighton who then blasted it back in again. It hit the body of the keeper, Michael Ingham, and deflected against the post. From the home fans point of view it looked as if it had gone in.
York responded with a chance falling the way of Holmes after a Simon Russell cross found Richard Brodie. He passed it on for Holmes to shoot from the side of the area but his shot went straight into the side netting.
Simon Rusk picked up the first booking of the night for a crude tackle on Andy Ferrell - it's usually the other way around! - but the free kick came to nothing. A minute from the end of the half and we got our next real chance on goal when MBH headed across the goal for Richards to come in on but his diving header went well wide of the target.
HT: 0 - 0
York came out for the second half looking a little more composed than in the first half and they were the first to test Bartlett. The Harriers seemed content to soak up any pressure and then try and hit the visitors on the break. The problem was the offside trap that City were working was catching us out too often.
Ingham was also caught out for bad acting when he went to ground following a collision with Justin Richards. As he reached over the hot shot striker to punch the ball away he seemed to fall awkwardly but then clutched his head as if he'd been given a Glasgow Kiss. After a couple of minutes of treatment and jeers from the home fans he got back to his feet non the worse off.
A minute later, and just after Sodje had come on, Brian Smikle had given us the lead. We thought it was never going to come.
Russ Penn, having yet another below par game, crossed the ball for Brittain to then deliver a super cross to the far post. Like a steam train Smikle came in and buried his header past Ingham to give us the lead.
City retaliated with Sodje being gifted a ball from our defence and getting in behind them to drive his shot goalwards. Luckily for us it was just wide but the travelling York fans thought it had gone in but it had only gone into the side netting.
Sodje was again the danger man with another shot that was tipped over amazingly by Barts and you have to wonder why City didn't start with him and not the lumbering McBreen.
With the game crying out for another goal to finish them off it almost went the wrong way when City managed to get the ball into the net but it was ruled out for offside.
It was finally finished off though soon after David McDermott had come on for the tiring Brittain. Britt had covered so much grass it's no wonder he looked exhausted.
With the extra time board having already been shown - three minutes - York were going all out for the equaliser but that left them open at the back and gave us the chance to finish them off. MBH and Maccy D combined to burst through the City defence and then allow Richards to run onto the cross goal pass and slot it beyond the keeper.
A fine end to another fine result and one that catapults us well into the play-off places. It's too early to be thinking of that though so let's just enjoy it while we can as long as it lasts until April