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Lancaster City 2gifHarriers 3 - FA Cup 3rd qualifying rd

Date: 01-10-16 gif Venue: The Giant Axe gif att: 570 gif away fans: 200 (est)
Harriers shoot down Lancaster

gif Report: Phil Lench
A great second half performance from the Reds saw us progress to the 4th rd of the FA Cup and put paid to Lancasters valiant efforts.  Two goals from Andre Brown in each half and the third from Tyrell Waite sealed the game for us after City had gone in with a half time lead.

There was one change to the starting lineup with Mani Dieseruvwe dropping to the bench in favour of Brown, probably due to him being continually caught offside without realising it in previous games.  A six man bench was without the services of Liam Truslove through injury and surprisingly there was no Jared Hodgkiss either.

On a pitch that had obviously been grown long to favour the home side the Harriers struggled to get going at first but once used to the ball not moving far we began to find our feet more and a speculative shot from Elton N'Gwatala went over the bar.  City were trying hard to find a way through but Keith Lowe was imperious in defence and little was getting past him.

Twenty minutes in and the Harriers drew first blood.

The ball was played in from the left by Zaine Francis-Angol and knocked on to N'Gwatala who shot but only for it to hit Brown on the way in and it was he that turned to claim the goal.  Sadly the lead was to be short lived.

From the restart Lancaster broke for goal and caught Jordan Tunnicliffe in possession.  Robbed of the ball he could only watch as a City man drew Sam Hornby from his line and then passed to Jordan Connerton who had the easy task of slotting the ball into the empty net.

We refused to allow our heads to drop and came back into the game as only we can.  By attacking their goal.  A chance fell for Waite but he hurried his shot and fired straight at the keeper but then came a chance that should have seen us take the lead once more.

Again the ball was played in from wide and this time James McQuilkin made some space to shoot.  Avoiding the City defenders attention he snapped in a shot that hit Mike Hale in their goal but came back out for Macca to try again and again Hale was their hero as he dived at the foot of the post to turn the ball round for a corner.

Further chances came our way as we took hold of the game with Arthur Gnahoua firing straight at the keeper and then Waite heading over the bar.  Suddenly, against the run of play, City took the lead just before the break with a wonder goal.

The hosts broke free again and had a shot on goal only to see it rebound out to the corner of the area for Billy Akrigg to volley the ball over Hornby and hit the far post and then into the other corner.
  HT: 2 - 1
After the break we came out more fired up in an effort to right any wrongs.  It took us just three minutes of the new half to draw level.

Jordan Tunnicliffe had a header go over the bar but in our next attack McQuilkin easily broke away from his man and advanced to the edge of the area where he tried to fire home but instead he mis-hit the ball.  Thankfully Andre Brown was waiting for scraps and pounced to fire the ball home to bring us back into the game at two goals apiece.

Another six minutes and it was the Harriers back in the lead with another well taken goal.  Fine interplay between McQuilkin and Gnahoua ended with the ball played out to Tyrell Waite who then fired across the face of the goal and into the corner of the net.

With our noses in front we took the opportunity to start making subs with the first of those being Sam Austin on for the just booked N'Gwatala.  It didn't take him long to beat his man easily and head for the opened up City goal only to see his fierce shot beat the keeper but not the post.

The game then began to change into a midfield contest as the Reds seemed content with what they had and City began tiring a little.  Possession now was well in our favour and we seemed happy to let Lancaster come at us.  Dangerous tactics.

Luckily for us they didn't seem to be capable of staging a comeback with only Akrigg getting a real sight of goal but blazing well over.

With the referee somehow finding another five minutes in his pocket to lengthen the wait for celebrations we could have seen the game done and dusted when, at the death, McQuilkin slid in on Austins low cross but the City keeper got a foot to it and cleared it to safety a minute before the whistle blew.

With us now safely through the league game at Harrogate is postponed and now we can find out on Monday who we get in the next round when our old friends from the National Premier enter the FA Cup
  FT: 2 - 3

 Goals for Lancaster: Connerton 23, Akrigg 46
 Goals for Harriers: A Brown 20, 48, Waite 54

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Lancaster City  goals   subs   cards      Harriers  goals   subs   cards 
Hale     Hornby  
Davis     Williams  
Clark   Francis-Angol  
Sumner     Croasdale  
Westwood     Lowe  
Mercer     Tunnicliffe  
Gregory gif     Waite gif gif  
Akrigg gif     McQuilkin  
Connerton gif     A Brown gif gif  
Mayers gif     N'Gwatala gif
Crolla gif     Gnahoua  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Thornley     Palmer  
Anderson     Austin gif - 65  
Henry     Dieseruvwe gif - 79  
McKenna gif - 60     Carter gif - 73  
Waters gif - 72     Stambolziev  
Russell     Thomas  
Wills gif - 46        

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