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Tamworth 0 Harriers 3


Date: 17-09-13gif Venue: The Lambgif att: 874gif away fans: 244
Harriers sLamb Tamworth for three

gif Report by Philip Lench
A rip roaring start to this game at Tamworth this evening produced a rare early goal for us at the Lamb.  Usually our games against each other are low scoring affairs with any goal coming in the dying stages of the game but tonight was different in many ways.

Firstly there was a bit of a surprise for the strong Harriers following congregated in the bus shelter behind the goal.  That surprise was the appearance of Jamie Grimes in the centre of defence following an injury to Josh Gowling that had failed to clear up.  The second surprise was that we started the game at a hundred and one miles per hour and stayed at that tempo for the majority of the match.

The biggest surprise of the night though was the three goals we put past a, frankly, useless looking Tamworth side and it should really have been double that figure.

Within the first few minutes we had seen the Reds go close to opening the scoring with Anthony Malbon getting to a long ball quicker than the former Harriers defender Duane Courtney.  Malbon pulled the ball back towards Michael Gash but he sent his hurried shot well over the bar.  Malbon himself forced the Tamworth keeper, Cameron Belford, into a good save a minute later before the scoring was opened by James Dance.

His third goal of the season was a bit of a cracker after he latched onto a poor cross area pass from another former Red, Duane Courtney.  Dance took the ball forward then unleashed an un-stoppable, curling shot that went under Belford and entered the net just inside the upright.

Callum Gittings nearly added a second moments later but his effort was blocked on the line.

Again we failed to capitalise on the early goal and allowed Tamworth to come back into the game even though we remained in full control of it.  Kyle Storer saw a shot cannon back off the woodwork just a minute after the hosts had their best and only chance of the first half when Lateef Elford-Alliyu raced onto a pass but sent his shot wide after good work from Nathan Vaughan forced him to go wider than he had intended.

Gittings had another chance to extend our lead with a dummy by Malbon teed him up to shoot.  His fierce shot was on target but again Belford came to his sides rescue by stopping the goal bound shot.

With two minutes added on for injury time Tamworth made the strange decision to withdraw Richard Peniket from the action with a slight injury when the ball went out for a Harriers corner.  Why it couldn't have waited only they will know because from that change we were denied a first goal for Jamie Grimes when he rose highest at the near post to head home only to see it denied by an infringement in the area.
  HT: 0 - 1
The Harriers started the second period at a slower pace than they had the first half.  this time they took a good ten minutes to get into their stride although Tamworth did manage to get their second, and last, chance on goal when Darren Byfield volleyed a shot well wide after being set up by Mark Wright.

Between that chance for the hosts and our next goal the Harriers took charge once more and applied pressure to the home goal through hanging crosses from Lee Vaughan but no one available to get on the end of them apart from Tamworth defenders.  We did finally get that second, and important goal (for our nerves) through Michael Gash.

We were awarded a corner, taken by Dance, that at first Belford got hold of while under pressure from Gash but then fumbled it.  A defender managed to clear it away but only as far as Gash, who had been moving away, to see his chance and prodded the ball into the net from close range.

The Harriers had to make an enforced change just after that goal when Kyle Storer was fouled by Jordan Rose and hobbled of the field.  Jack Byrne took his place and soon after Gittings could have put the game completely to bed with a strong shot from the edge of the area after finding himself in acres of space but he shot well wide and almost knocked a blokes head off.

Amari Morgan-Smith came on for James Dance soon after following the latters stupid yellow card for tapping the ball with his foot after Tamworth were awarded a free kick.  It was the introduction of AMS that lifted the game to another level.

We started to play the ball around with far more skill and slickness than we had for the previous eighty minutes.  At times Tamworth were reduced to standing back in admiration of our silky passing.

Time and again we cut through the home sides defence like a knife through butter and we looked like we would score everytime we got near to the goal.  It was only some outstanding defending by Courtney that denied us our chances but then it was a foul from that same man that handed us our third and final goal on a plate.

As Malbon raced into the area it was the former Harrier that bought him down.  Malbon picked himself up and, after a few seconds wait, despatched the kick into the back of the net for our most emphatic win at Tamworth for a long, long time.

A win that has hopefully put our seemingly endless run of draws and low scoring wins to bed once and for all time.
  FT: 0 - 3

 Goals for Harriers: Dance 6, Gash 63, Malbon 90 (pen)

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Tamworth  goals   subs   cards      Harriers  goals   subs   cards 
Belford     N Vaughan  
Capaldi     N Vaughan  
Thomas     Demetriou  
Courtney     Storer gif  
Rose   Grimes  
Richards-Everton     Dunkley  
Lloyd     Gittings  
Baker gif     Fowler  
Peniket gif     Gash gif gif  
Elford-Alliyu     Malbon gif
Wright gif     Dance gif gif
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Wren     Lewis  
Todd gif - 76     Byrne gif - 79  
Evans     Morgan-Smith gif - 69  
Kerry gif - 62     Jackman  
Byfield gif - 45     Johnson gif - 83  

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