Thorn hails team ethic as Harriers sink City

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NEW boss Andy Thorn was delighted his reign at Harriers begun with a 3-0 win over Salisbury City.

Joe Lolley's hat-trick may hog the headlines but after a testing week at Aggborough, Thorn was relieved to watch his side pick up three points.

Thorn was handed the Harriers hot-seat after predecessor Steve Burr's shock sacking.

Lolley opened the scoring with a fine individual effort but two second half penalties saw him make it ten for the season to become joint top goal-scorer alongside Michael Gash.

Thorn said: "It has been a hectic few days and we didn't have time to implement our ideas.

"The boys have been terrific the way they've responded and trained.

"We've still got a long way to go, I was pleased with a lot of things and there was a lot of things I wasn't pleased with.

"The most pleasing thing was the three points."

He continued: "I tried to stay out of the way a little bit. I have said before what a good job the previous manager did.

"I was just concentrating on the team.

"But the support the fans gave me was fantastic, I would like to thank them for that.

"It is a difficult time for them as well  but they got right behind the players."

Victory saw Kidderminster bounce back from the 6-0 loss at Skrill Premier leaders Luton a fortnight ago.

After four league losses in five, a much-needed win lifted Harriers into fourth place.

Thorn said: "We've had one win, so I am not getting carried away.

"There are players in there that don't get a lot of recognition but are decent and I will get the best out of them.

"They want to improve, they want to play higher so let's do it at Kidderminster."

Another eye-catching display by Lolley will only increase the 21-year-old's value.

He has been subject to bids from two Football League clubs, thought to be Peterborough and Huddersfield.

But Thorn stressed the importance of the team performance in the build-up to both spot-kicks.

"Joe is a fantastic talent," commented the manager.

"If you have massive clubs knocking on the door let's be realistic.

"The boy will want to play higher, that's how it is, it doesn't mean he hates Kidderminster and doesn't want to be here. That's football.

"At 21 he is a fabulous young talent but there are young talents everywhere.

"I would like to talk about the way the team put those goals on a plate for him.

"His first goal was a fantastic finish but the team were fantastic and he was on the end of two penalties.

"The team put in a good shift and a really professional performance."

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