The Harriers gave a much improved performance at home to Gainsborough Trinity today and ran out winners but at times you could see that we were wasting too many chance to score and so what could, and should, have been the Reds running riot eventually ended up as a frustrating 3-0 win. Before the first goal went in at seven minutes we should have been two goals clear after Arthur Gnahoua fired straight at the keeper in a one on one situation and then a minute later Elton N'Gwatala ballooned his shot over the bar from just a few feet out.
You could sense the nerves in the team though after two losses in our last two games at Blackpool and Halifax and they might just have been trying too hard. The nerves did finally settle in the seventh minute when Gnahoua bagged his ninth goal of the season and what a fine goal it was. Elton collected the ball off Ryan Croasdale in midfield and then burst into the Trinity box to play the ball to Arthur who then side-stepped a little then swept the ball beyond George Willis in the visitors goal.
We should have gone on to increase the lead further but we sat back a little and allowed Gainsborough onto us. They began to bully us off the ball and also to target our weakened defence with Ashley Carter and Sam Austin replacing our missing full-backs Zaine Francis-Angol and Tyrone Williams. ZFA was out injured and Williams was serving a suspension for his red card at Halifax last weekend. Carter is used to that position but not so the speedy winger Austin who often found himself in two minds wether to defend or attack. It seemed a strange decision to have Austin covering at fullback considering we had a defender sat on the bench following Richard Sho-Silvas return from his loan spell at Halesowen.
It wasn't just at the back where we were having problems. At times we were trying to be too intricate in our passing and possession and then ending up losing the ball far too often.
Thankfully as half time approached we had begun to iron the little mistakes out and our second goal arrived. We had been going through a string of corners and from one of these the ball was played into the congested goal line and then scrambled over the line by N'Gwatala after a snapshot from close range by him was then bundled home.