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Josh backing Harriers climb
4:00pm Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
INSPIRATIONAL defender Josh Gowling believes Kidderminster Harriers can start powering up the table if they can replicate their awesome display at Grimsby.
Steve Burr’s side threw off the shackles at Blundell Park and stunned the Mariners 4-2 to progress from the FA Cup fourth qualifying round for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign.
Victory set up a mouthwatering and potentially money-spinning home clash against League One stalwarts Oldham Athletic on Saturday, November 3 in round one.
But before the glamour of the cup, the Aggborough outfit resume their Blue Square Bet Premier campaign at home to Gateshead on Saturday (3pm ko), knowing only wins can improve their lowly league position.
Despite just one defeat in 11 matches, and three wins out of the last five, they are fourth from bottom and in desperate need of points.
“If you look at the way we played against Grimsby, the passing and movement, it was at times like a team playing in the Football League,” praised Gowling, who has featured for Gillingham and Bournemouth.
“The difference is teams at a higher level can play like that for longer periods but if we can find some consistency we will keep picking up results.
“When I joined the club there was a feeling they were playing okay but they weren’t getting the rub of the green but to be fair to the lads they have really put a run together.
“It’s a bit of a nightmare that we’re on a good run but we’re still so low down the table.”
Gowling’s arrival as a free agent after being released by Lincoln City at the end of August has coincided with a rapid improvement in results and new found confidence at the back.
He has forged an impressive partnership with Chey Dunkley and the 28-year-old admits he was attracted to Harriers because of the manager’s eye-catching football.
He said: “I had heard very good things about Steve Burr and Harriers are a very solid club so it was a no-brainer to join them.
“You talk to the manager and the chairman and they’re ambitious for the club.”
Harriers boss Burr believes his side have a chance of pulling off a cup upset.
Harriers are estimating about 1,000 Latics fans will make the trip south for the cup clash.