The Harriers finally showed that they have the killer touch at Hyde today when a second half power display saw them add three more goals to the 1-0 half time lead given to them by the on fire Anthony Malbon. The 4-0 scoreline was our biggest margin of the season and killing teams off is something we're going to have to keep doing if we have any real aspirations of promotion.
In the second half Malbon could have easily added to his two goals and earned a hat trick but was denied that after new signing Greg Pearson got the final touch after he helped the shot on its way into the net. The other goal came from another player on top of his game with Marvin Johnson sending a super strike into the Hyde net.
The result was our third double of the season and comes after an earlier 3-0 win against Hyde at Aggborough back in October last year.
We started the game with just one change to the team that beat Cambridge last weekend with Callum Gittings coming in for the rested Danny Jackman. Pearson came onto the bench in place of Nathan Jarvis who seemed to lack a bit of match fitness when he came on as a sub last week.
The Harriers started the game as they meant to continue with us having the first attempt on goal. That came through Johnson when he broke free down the left but fired into the side netting in the first minute and then a minute later he changed to the right hand side and sent in a rising shot that the Hyde keeper Chris Dilo save well.
On twenty minutes the Reds took the lead through Anthony Malbon when an inch perfect cross from Amari Morgan-Smith was met by the youngster to head the ball perfectly beyond the reach of Dilo. Four minutes later Marvin Johnson almost doubled our lead but free kick went just past the post.
AMS went close on the thirty minute mark but his effort was kept out by the keeper as he made one save with his legs before getting up to block the on loan Macclesfield striker shot from the rebound.
With the Harriers now firmly in charge we needed to up our efforts to gain a solid advantage by scoring a second goal. That looked to be drifting away from us when Lee Vaughan was adjudged to have handled in the area when Phil Jevons shot hit him on the arm from close range. The former Everton man stepped up to take the spot kick but thankfully justice was done as a combination of poorly taken and Danny Lewis saving kept us with a clean sheet going into the break.
We could still have gone in with two goals but Johnsons shot, following a great run, clipped the bar after looking more likely to go in.