Chasetown 0 Harriers 5
Redditch born Joe Lolley strengthened his chance of being offered a contract by Kidderminster Harriers today when his second half hat trick helped to annihilate the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier, 1st Division South side. Coming on just after half time for Ryan Rowe he soon showed what he was capable of beating opposition players with a mesmerising skill.
Up until his appearance it had been a workmanlike performance from the Harriers without pulling any trees up. Starting with a strong line-up but without Mickey Demetriou, Lee Vaughan, Danny Jackman and Anthony Malbon, who were all being rested, it was the Harriers on the back foot at first.
Chasetown had chances to open the scoring through Theo Robinson and Lee Butler but the Reds keeper Danny Lewis dealt with the chances easily enough. A former Harriers 'legend', Gary Hay was working hard trying to get past our central duo of Josh Gowling and Chey Dunkley but getting no where at all.
As the half progressed the Harriers started to find space behind the Scholars defence and Ryan Rowe saw a shot saved by veteran keeper Ryan Price. James Dance also saw his shot fired off target from twenty yards out. In the twenty sixth minute the scoring commenced.
Jamie Grimes, playing at left back in place of Mickey D, delivered a great cross that the keeper missed leaving Michael Gash the simple task of slotting home from close range. A few minutes after the goal Gash turned provider when he played in Dior Angus but the youngsters shot was well over the bar.
Almost on the stroke of half time Danny Lewis saved yet another penalty after Dunkley had pushed Danny Smith over in the area. Lewis dived the correct way, to his right, to save Grant Beckett's weak twelve yarder.
HT: Chasetown 0 Harriers 1
With the start of the second period it didn't take the Harriers long to double the lead. Jamie Tolley worked hard in the middle of the park to provide the through ball that Dior Angus side footed home with ease.
Another former Harrier, Simon Brown, forced Nathan Vaughan, on for Lewis, into a smart save but then came the Lolley show.
Lolley, who represented British Universities and Colleges for the World Summer University Games, was introduced in the fifty seventh minute in place of Ryan Rowe and immediately went on the offensive. His first came in seventieth minute when he bamboozled his way through the Chasetown defence and netted at the near post. Four minutes later the Harriers went 4-0 up when more superb skills from the youngster created ample space to slot easily past Price.
His hat trick, and Harriers fifth goal, was the piéce dé resistancé. His volley after again beating defenders, took Price by surprise and left the keeper rooted to the spot as the new owner of the match ball let fly.
After the game the Harriers assistant manager, Gary Whild, said that the clubs are definitely in talks with the hot shot and want him tied down as soon as possible.
Lewis, (N Vaughan 70), Dance, Grimes (Johnson 46), Gowling, Dunkley, Gittings (Williams 73), Byrne (Tolley 54), Angus (Fowler 61), Storer, Gash, Rowe (Lolley 57).
Price, Slater, Keenan, Beckett (Agbor 87), Tesla Robinson (Farmer 61), Teesdale, Butler (Westwood 70), Bragoli, Smith (Wellecomme 46), Hay (Downing 61), Theo Robinson (Brown 46).