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Harriers 3gifGloucester City 0

Date: 22-11-16 gif Venue: Aggborough gif att: 1319 gif away fans: 61
One of these days Harriers are going to smash someone

gif Report: Phil Lench
The Harriers racked up their second 3-0 home win in the space of a few days this evening with this emphatic league win against Gloucester City.  At first City caught us by surprise and came at us strongly from the kick off but we just waited for them to run out of steam before we pounced and took the game by the scruff of the neck.  City had been running around so much, and getting nowhere, that it wasn't long before the first player went down suffering from cramp and that continued throughout the evening with the game continually stopping for the shared physio to come on.

It was the Tigers who were to get the first threat of a goal though when James Fitzgibbon fired a speculative cross come shot towards Sam Hornbys goal with the keeper reaching back as it went over his head and onto the crossbar.  That was the last we saw of the visitors being a potent strikeforce and we began to take control of the game.  Sometimes our passing was a little wayward but mostly we were getting it right.

Tyrell Waite was the first to show for us when he ran on to Arthur Gnahouas through ball and then went on to test out the City keeper, Jas Singh formerly of the parish of Aggborough.  Minutes later and we were at it again with Andre Brown broke free and bore down on Singh then ruined it all by firing straight at him and then see it go out for a corner.

Brown, again, repeated his effort a minute later and somehow once more contrived to fire at the keeper once more after doing most of the hard work getting there.  We were beginning to get that awful feeling that we were never going to score and that Gloucester would grab a goal then close shop.  Thankfully they scored for us.

More pressure had won us another corner and James McQuilkin played the ball into the area where all the players were trying to occupy a one metre square of turf.  In the pushing and the shoving the ball ended up in the net with no one owning up to who had scored.  City's Sam Avery was obviously too embarrassed to admit it was him.

We should have added another seconds after when Singh again came to his clubs rescue.  Gnahoua had left his defenders for dead once again and his strong shot was once again aimed straight at the keeper who pushed it away as it stung his hands but only as far as Waite who then somehow contrived to miss the open goal as Singh got down quickly to stop the ball crossing the line.

In the final minute of the half (three minutes added on for the Gloucester fallen) Waite should have added our second when he fired across the face of the goal after a beautiful through ball from McQuilkin had played him in.
  HT: 1 - 0
We didn't fall for Gloucesters trick this time and didn't give them a chance to start like a steam train again.  This time it was us that made the rules and Tyrone Williams - back after his suspension - floated a ball over into the area for Brown to get his head on to but with not enough power behind it to really cause Singh any worries.

A few more minutes in and Brown was gifted another chance and sadly it was another chance spurned.  Zac Kotwica had aimlessly played a ball back to his keeper from inside the halfway line and Brown pounced on it to take it to the edge of the area but then he froze and instead of lifting the ball over Singh he tried to curl it around him and only succeeded in sending it well wide of the upright.

We had now got the bit between the teeth and launched attack after wave of attack on the City goal.  Something had to give and finally it did in the fifty eighth minute of the game.  McQuilkin again won the ball off a defender in the middle of the park and played it through for Gnahoua to run onto and fire past Singh for the first goal of his brace this evening.

Arthurs second goal came soon after and was a goal of sheer class.  Zaine Francis-Angol bought the ball out from the back and fired it through a ruck of players towards the leading scorer who then set off for goal leaving bodies strewn in his wake before firing past Singh once again.  That's now eleven goals for Arthur and with him on fire and primed for a hat trick it was astonishing that he found himself leaving the field in favour of Mani Dieseruvwe a few minutes later.  If I was him I'd have been gutted.

Soon after Andre Brown was removed from the action for Liam Truslove to come on and he changes left us looking happy to settle for just the three goals because Mani wasn't getting a sniff of a goal and we looked as dis-jointed as we had in the opening ten minutes of the game.

With the three points in the bag we had done enough anyway and the win takes ups up into third place in the table.  A respite from league action this coming Saturday sees us in the FA Trophy at home to the other Lincoln team.  Maybe this will be the one when we finally smash someone to smithereens?
  FT: 3 - 0

 Goals for Harriers: Avery (og) 31, Gnahoua 58, 66

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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Gloucester City  goals   subs   cards 
Hornby     Singh  
T Williams     K Thomas  
Francis-Angol gif     Greenslade  
Croasdale     Hamilton  
Lowe   Avery gif og  
Tunnicliffe     Mullings
Waite     Hanks  
McQuilkin gif     Fitzgibbon gif
A Brown     Hopper gif  
N'Gwatala   Kotwica  
Gnahoua gif gif     E Williams gif  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Palmer     Richards  
Dieseruvwe gif - 72     Reid gif - 79  
Truslove gif - 79     Hall gif - 61  
Austin     Parker gif - 61  
Carter gif - 68     Dinsley  

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