Lolley's lovely treble gets Thorn off to a winning start

Harriers 3, Salisbury 0

NEW boss Andy Thorn got his reign at Aggborough off to a winning start as Joe Lolley bagged a sensational hat-trick.

The highly sought after 21-year-old produced a man of the match display.

Victory was welcome after a difficult week, where Steve Burr was sacked as boss and replaced by Thorn.

But victory saw Kidderminster bounce back from their last Skrill Premier game, a 6-0 drubbing at Luton, and saw them rise to fourth in the table.

Lolley has already been subject to bids from two Football League clubs, thought to be Huddersfield and Peterborough, which the club turned down.

And his value will only have arisen after a stunning performance.

Direct Salisbury edged the first half in terms of possession with ex-Harrier Chris McPhee and Glenn Wilson firing speculative efforts wide.

But the hosts opened the scoring in the 18th minute with their first effort of the match.

Striker Lolley cut in from the right wing and after riding several challenges, he smashed a volley into the back of the net.

City's best chance to equalise came in the 25th minute when Lee Vaughan's back header looped over keeper Danny Lewis but thankfully flew wide.

The away side continued to plug away, with Ryan Brett firing wide and Josh Gowling blocking Stuart Sinclair's effort.

Left-back Danny Jackman volleyed over after linking up impressively with Lolley.

Harriers started the second half brightly and Lolley's chip called keeper Will Puddy into action.

But the home side were struggling to find their attacking rhythm.

Michael Gash fired a free-kick over the bar after Lolley was fouled.

Despite Salisbury seeing a lot of the ball, they failed to trouble keeper Lewis.

Lolley made it 2-0 with his ninth goal of the season in the 74th minute.

Lee Fowler's excellent pass released the pacey hitman to race goalwards and as he rounded defender James Clarke, he was clumsily brought down.

The rookie striker calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.

He then capped another fine individual display in the 85th minute.

Substitute Marvin Johnson was brought down in the box by Angus McDonald's clumsy challenge and Lolley fired home the spot-kick to seal a memorable debut for the new boss.

Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Byrne (Malbon, 81), Fowler, Gash, Jackman, Lolley, Morgan-Smith (Johnson, 65), Gowling.

Subs not used: Dunkley, Malbon, N Vaughan, Dyer.

Salisbury: Puddy, Hart (White, 71),  Brett (R Sinclair, 71), Clarke, Wilson, McPhee, Wellard (Frear, 60), Lewis, Kamdjo, S Sinclair, McDonald.

Subs not used: Feeney, Bittner.

Referee: Anthony Backhouse Attendance: 2034 (84)

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