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Date: 13-09-16 gif Venue: Aggborough gif att: 1333 gif away fans: 82
Harriers make 'mints'meat of the Lambs

gif Report: Phil Lench
After scoring six at Curzon on the opening day of the season many Harriers fans were beginning to worry that our scoring boots had stopped working with almost a continual stream of single goal wins since then.  Even when we ripped a team to pieces we could only ever seem to score a single goal and in one case, Telford last week, we didn't score at all despite dominating the game throughout.

Tonight that all changed and we went on the rampage.

The annoying thing is though that although we scored six times we could have possibly doubled that score with the amount of chances that came our way and were spurned.  I'm happy with the six anyway and there's always another day - this coming Saturday perchance?

With an unchanged side yet from Saturdays win against Salford the Reds kicked off against a Tamworth side that had scored five goals in three recent games.  In their side was former Harriers Joe Clarke playing a more forward role than he did with us.

As against Salford we started the game looking to keep possession as much as we could but this time we were passing the ball around far more slickly.  One noticeable point was that unlike Salford our opponents tonight didn't try to break our legs if they couldn't get the ball.  Our first chance of note came when Zaine Francis-Angol and Arthur Gnahoua combined to bamboozle the Lambs defence before Arthur sent a pin point ball over the other side of the box to Mani Dieseruvwe but somehow the linesman on that side decided that Mani was offside and flagged him just as he was about to shoot.  The lino must have been right because Mani kept straying offside all night with no awareness of his position.

Luckily for us the next foray upfield Dieseruvwe beat the offside trap and towered above everybody else to meet a nice cross from Tyrell Waite and bury it beyond the extremely dodgy James Belshaw in the Tamworth goal.

We didn't sit back as we had been doing in recent games and our passing style of play clicked into a higher gear as we went in search of a second goal.  Elton N'Gwatala could have scored a long overdue goal for him when he capped a fine move with two shots on goal after his first shot was blocked on the line then Belshaw parried his second shot away.   The goal arrived soon after but it was to Gnahoua and not Elton.

Another brilliant move between James McQuilkin and ZFA saw the ball played out to Arthur who then set off for goal.  He beat first one, then another defender and finally struck a sweet shot into the net from just inside the area.

You could sense that more goals were going to come as we proceeded to give our friends from Staffordshire a footballing lesson.  The third was to arrive five minutes before the break when again Zaine Francis-Angol was the catalyst that all our moves went through as he once again beat his man easily and sent a searching cross over to the feet of McQuilkin to sweep home with ease.
  HT: 3 - 0
The Tamworth manager Andy Morrell responded in the only way he could at the re=start when he made a double substitution.  On came Connor Taylor and Ellis Deeney for Jed Davies and Ross Dyer in an effort tighten up their midfield and hopefully stifle our attacks.  It didn't work because within thirty seconds we should have scored our fourth goal of the evening when Elton N'Gwatala swooped on a poor midfield ball from Tamworth and set off for goal.  Amazingly he somehow missed and the ball veered just the wrong side of the post and the poor turnout of eighty two Tamworth supporters breathed a sigh of relief.

After that the Lambs tightened up a bit and the change at the break seemed to be working for a while with them finally seeing more of the ball without doing much with it in terms of getting on the scoresheet.  It was just a respite for us though and on the hour we finally grabbed our fourth goal of the evening when Tyrell Waite collected a glanced ball from McQuilkin and set off into the box to eventually finish the move off in the bottom corner of Belshaws net.

Just a word about their keeper, James Belshaw.  What a wally.  Who does he think he is? Tony 'Walkabout' Breeden? with his aimless wandering up the pitch thinking he's doing his side a favour.  He must terrify his team mates if he does that in all his games.

The fifth goal of the evening came soon after when first Sam Austin came on for Gnahoua and then a few minutes later Liam Truslove changed places with N'Gwatala.  Austins was the first when he forced a Tamworth player into a mistake and then, picking up the loose ball, ran past his man towards goal.  A jink here and a jink there gave him a clear sight of the goal and he fired home with a hint of a deflection for his first goal since arriving at Aggborough at the start of the season.

A minute later and the game was wrapped up with another goal from a substitute.  This time it was Truslove on the scoresheet with his second goal of the season and our sixth on the night when in a move similar to Austins he beat his opponent to the ball and ventured on goal with just one aim.  To score, and so he did as he swept the ball home under the hapless keeper.

The win takes us up a place into third but more importantly it marks the re-finding of our scoring boots.  We now have to meet Tamworth again in the FA Cup this Saturday and I think we might not be seeing six goals again but hopefully one will be enough to get past a Tamworth side packing the defence to claim a 0-0 draw and get us back to their place.

Man of the match tonight?  There can only be one.  All of KHFC
  FT: 6 - 0

 Goals for Harriers: Dieseruvwe 14, Gnahoua 25, McQuilkin 41, Waite 60, Austin 83, Truslove 85

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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Tamworth  goals   subs   cards 
Hornby     Belshaw  
Williams     Burns
Francis-Angol     Breslin  
Croasdale   Green
Lowe     Thomassen  
Tunnicliffe     Lane gif  
Waite gif   Mills  
McQuilkin gif     J Clarke  
Dieseruvwe gif gif     Newton
N'Gwatala gif     Dyer gif  
Gnahoua gif gif     Davies gif  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Austin gif gif - 61     Morley  
Truslove gif gif - 71     C Taylor gif - 46  
Carter     Briscoe gif - 75  
Brown gif - 75     Morrell  
Thomas     Deeney gif - 46  

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