HARRIERS wrapped up their place in the end-of-season play-offs as they won 4-1 at Altrincham.
The reds had taken an early lead thanks to a spectacular set-play from James McQuilkin before being pegged back by Altrincham’s Damian Reeves as he fired low and hard into the far bottom corner.
Starting the second half well, Joe Ironside put Harriers back in front, before Andre Brown’s fine strike eased one or two nerves with barely a dozen minutes left to play, Manny Sonupe adding a late fourth.
Manager John Eustace had made a couple of changes for this game – with the former Macclesfield man now fit, Arthur Gnahoua was welcomed back into the starting line-up in place of Sam Austin, while the injured Josh Ezewele was replaced at full-back by Ty Williams.
The visitors started on the front foot and confidently strode ahead through McQuilkin’s superb free-kick, a training ground combination seeing the ball rise high before settling past Tomlinson and into the back of his net.
Ngwatala and Nti then had sights of goal to try and add a second for Harriers, who relaxed a little after their early strike, though never looking like they’d even remotely be troubled by the Robins until they found the scores level inside the last eight minutes of the first half when Reeves tucked away a long ball from Evans.
There was a chance apiece after the restart as Reeves and Gnahoua worked the respective goalkeepers, Ryan Croasdale then striking the upright with a shot as Harriers looked to press quickly, the second goal swiftly arriving as Ironside’s 23rd of the campaign saw him hook the ball into the roof of the net.
On the hour, sub Sonupe could and should have made it 3-1 only to fire Ironside’s pull-back over the bar, the youngster making amends as he provided an assist for the third goal when it did arrive – Brown smashing the ball beyond Tomlinson after Sonupe had struck the bar and the ball fell to the striker.
You felt the energetic Sonupe deserved something for his chaotic cameo and with less than five to go he got it, tapping home Harriers’ fourth after Ironside’s shot had been spilled.
HARRIERS: Hornby, Williams, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe, Croasdale, McQuilkin, Ngwatala (Truslove 80), Gnahoua (Sonupe 60), Nti (Brown 72), Ironside.
Subs not used: Carter, Austin.
Attendance: 826 Referee: Simeon Lucas