The Harriers did their part to secure a local derby in the 3rd round of the FA Trophy with a lucky win over Blue Square South side Lewes this evening. All we need now is for Worcester City to play their part and to win at Carshalton in their replay next week after only managing a dire draw last night.
We made hard work of this game after looking ready to grab a hat full of goals in the first half but then allowed Lewes back into the game late on in the second half with some poor defending to set up a tense yet, eventually rewarding few minutes for Harriers.
In, what could be John Finnegan's last game as caretaker, he named a strong team that included Nathan Hayward and Damian Spencer. From the kick off we completely controlled the game and opened the scoring, after what seemed like an age, in the eleventh minute as Robbie Matthews drilled a free kick off the wall and into the bottom left hand corner past Rikki Banks to lukewarm celebrations throughout Aggborough.
This dominance continued in the half and threatened to turn into a cricket score as Brian Smikle and Matthews both squandered good chances when the ball was crossed in from the right on two occasions. Smikle was also guilty of missing a poor diving header and also failing to cross the ball to Knights as Harriers failed to build a counter-attack.
Lewes were very poor value for money and it was easy to see why they are struggling near to the bottom of the table. Most of their players are kids and sometimes they looked very naive in their physical approach to our passing game and at times we were running circles around them.
To their credit they managed to keep the scoreline down to a single first half goal but then again that could be due to our inadequacy in front of goal.