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Harriers 5 Tamworth 3


Date: 23-11-13gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 1951gif away fans: 103
Harriers score five and it could have been more

gif Report by Philip Lench
The Harriers hammered five goals past Tamworth in this derby game against the Lambs from the Northern side of Birmingham.  To score five goals sounds great but we also, somehow, managed to let them score three in reply with only one of those three worthy of gracing a Premiership game.

The Harriers kicked off in the freezing cold without any changes to the starting eleven that started last Saturdays win over Wrexham.  On the bench James Dance surprisingly replaced Marvin Johnson.

We started the game at a strong tempo kicking towards the poor turnout from Tamworth.  To bring only 103 fans from just under forty miles away for your second closest game is shocking but then again on a day when first placed Cambridge drew over 3,500 for their game against Woking then second placed Harriers sub 2000 crowd is nothing to boast about either.  For this fixture last season we had 2,390 through the door.

The Harriers were the first to go onto the attack and for the first ten minutes of the game we could easily have gone 3-0 up.  First Chey Dunkley saw his looping header saved a bit too easily by Cameron Belford and then superstar Joe Lolley had the first rael chance of the game when he easily skipped past three Tamworth defenders and placed a shot to the far post only to see the keeper somehow get down to it and tip it around the post for a corner.

We then had a free kick near to the edge of the area after Andy Todd bought Michael Gash down.  Gash took it himself and drove it high and straight but again the Tamworth keeper was equal to the attempt and again he pushed it over the bar.

Another chance followed when Anthony Malbon headed Josh Gowlings mis-directed header goalwards but a defender was on the line to stop it going any further.

Tamworth then managed to compose themselves and responded with a half chance from the former Harriers marksman, Justin Richards, but his shot was weak and going wide so failed to trouble Danny Lewis in the Harriers goal.  That was followed up with a chance for Nick Chadwick, on loan from Plymouth, but this time he gave Danny more to do but he still saved the shot well.

Following our initial opening salvo we started to go off the boil slightly and allowed the visitors to come onto us more.  Another former Harrier, Richard Peniket, shot wide when well placed and then came a spell of midfield battling that saw any attempt on goal limited to hopeful efforts from both sides until suddenly a moment of panic in the Tamworth area allowed Anthony Malbon in to score.

His pace gave him the advantage when a capitalised on hesitancy between two defenders to skip between them with the ball and then around Belford to slot the ball into an empty net.  Within a minute the score had been doubled.

This time it was that man Joe Lolley.  Gash played a pass out wide right to him and in his trademark move he left two defenders for dead before moving in on goal and rifling a left footed strike from the edge of the box and into the net.

Three minutes later and it really should have been Harriers 3-0 up when Lee Vaughan set out on a one man mission towards the visitors goal.  Like Lolley he skipped easily past the reach of defenders and when finally within sight of goal let go a shot that sadly was straight at Belford when if he had tried to lob him would surely have been his first goal for us that wasn't a penalty.

Amari Morgan-Smith was the next Harrier to try his luck on goal when he robbed a Tamworth man of the ball and proceeded to move in on goal before firing a shot across the face and then go just slightly wide.  With the minutes now counting down towards half time both teams had one last chance each.

First Gash saw his header hit the bar following a cross from AMS and then in response Peniket broke free and sent in a shot that Lewis parried out for a corner.
  HT: 2 - 0
Tamworth came out for the second half in search of an upset by scoring an early goal when Peniket had a shot that went for a corner and then he scored.  They won a corner and when the set piece was floated in by Tony Capaldi there was the former Harrier waiting to glance it easily past Danny Lewis.

Luckily for us Morgan-Smith regained the two goal advantage for us a few minutes later.  This time Joe Lolley turned provider when he again robbed a defender easily to cut inside but instead of going for goal himself, as we would expect him to, he selflessly passed it to the better placed AMS who steered the shot beyond the keepers reach.

Again once we had regained the upperhand we gave a goal way but this time it was a goal that we ourselves would be proud of.  David Morgan, on loan from Nottm Forest, lined up a free kick some twenty five yards out after a needless foul by Josh Gowling for which the Harriers man was booked.  His kick flew into the net at some speed and there's not many keepers that would have saved that.

There followed another quiet spell for both sides with only a free kick worthy of note.  Taken by Danny Jackman it was easily pushed away by the keeper and then another free kick came our way and this time, taken by Lee Vaughan, it fell for Lolley and again it was parried away by Belford once more.  Thankfully AMS managed to get his second goal of the day a few minutes later.

Kyle Storer took a corner and it was played away by Tamworth but only as far as Jack Byrne, on earlier for Malbon, to play it back in again for AMS to hammer the ball home.

The Harriers increased the lead further five minutes later when Storer, against one of his former clubs, was teed up by Lolley to move forward and then strike an unstoppable shot into the net.

Tamworth still weren't finished though and with time running out they netted a kind of consolation goal when Danny Lewis parried away Jordan Keanes shot but only as far as Chadwick to tap the ball home.

The crowd were calling out for a sixth goal but nothing was to come and the game ended 5-3 to the Reds and kept us up there snapping at Cambridges' heels.
  FT: 5 - 3

 Goals for Harriers: Malbon 20, Lolley 22, Morgan-Smith 56, 77, Storer 83
 Goals for Tamworth: Peniket 49, Morgan 60, Chadwick 89

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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Tamworth  goals   subs   cards 
Lewis     C Belford  
L Vaughan     Keane  
Jackman     Capaldi
Storer gif     Morgan gif  
Dunkley     Courtney  
Gowling   Richards-Everton  
Morgan-Smith gif   Todd gif  
Fowler gif     Hildreth
Gash     Richards  
Malbon gif gif     Peniket gif  
Lolley gif gif     Chadwick  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
N Vaughan     Kerry  
Demetriou gif - 83     Baker  
Byrne gif - 70     Byfield  
Blissett     Croasdale  
Dance gif - 86     Wright gif - 82  

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