The un-stoppable Harriers marched on for the third game in a row after an exhilarating first half stormer against a hapless Macclesfield Town with three goals that left the visitors so shellshocked that they had to do a major change around after our final goal went in. That was after only twenty seven minutes and one of those sacrificed was former Harrier Reece Styche showing signs of his petulance already.
With the disappointment of hearing that wizard midfielder Elton N'Gwatala was going to be out for up to six weeks with a knee injury it wasn't going to be an un-changed side that came out onto the pitch. In his place was Tyrone Williams making his first ever start for the Reds so pushing Luke Maxwell further into the park. Onto the bench came Jordan Jones after being out of favour for a while now.
As against Eastleigh on Tuesday our first half display was a thing of beauty while the second half was workmanlike. A first forty five minutes of quality passing produced the goods a little later today but ten minutes is still a good time to get your first goal since your return to the club. We had already come close three times before Keith Lowe scored.
A corner was awarded our way and taken by Ben Whitfield to the far post where Lowe bundled it over the line, kind of, although from where I was sat it didn't looked to have gone in but the linesman said so and it stands. Later on looking at the video it did appear that the keeper scooped it back out of the net but it was great to be cheering so early once again.
Six minutes later and it was Harriers two goals to the good and cruising. Again Whitfield played a crucial part, on what could be his last appearance for us if Bournemouth don't agree to a loan extension, when he played a through ball that Harry White stormed on to and forced the keeper, Shwan Jalal, to fumble the ball and then allow it to roll over the line. That was Whites second goal in two games and he looks the real deal. More than can be said of Matt Barnes-Homer then.
Another six minutes. Another goal.
This time it was another new boy getting his second goal in a row for us and this time it came against his old club. Bet that pleased his former fans. This time Luke Maxwell harried a Macc midfielder into making a mistake and robbed him of the ball to give Whitfield possession again. He crossed the ball into the the path of Arthur Gnahoua for him to sweep home with ease.
Panic stations set in on the Macclesfield bench and two swift changes happened that saw Rhys Turner and Reece Styche withdrawn from the game with less than thirty minutes on the clock. On came Kristian Dennis and Danny Rowe to rescue the situation. Dennis is their leading score so it was a mystery why he didn't start in the first place.
The visitors improved slightly with that change and did their best to stifle Whitfields runs. They began to put pressure on our back line too and came close when the dangerous Danny Whitaker fired goalwards to force Dean Snedker into parrying the ball away. Dennis came close too with a shot across the face of the goal from Dennis that went just beyond the far post.
We went into the break looking good value for further goals.