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Dance inspires Harriers victory
5:08pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
Welling 1, Harriers 2
JAMES Dance's first half brace ensured Harriers got back on track with a hard fought win in Kent.
Steve Burr's side bounced back after two successive losses in the Conference Premier.
Welling boasted an impressive home record of just one defeat in 50 matches at their Park View Road fortress but the Aggborough outfit produced an energetic and disciplined display.
Even when Loui Fazakerley pulled one back with ten minutes of normal time left, the visitors held on impressively.
Harriers made four changes from the side which lost against Luton last weekend.
Keeper Nathan Vaughan and wideman Dance were handed first starts of season, while Anthony Malbon and Danny Jackman returned to the side, .
New addition Amari Morgan-Smith was on a very attacking bench.
But the visitors started at a pacey tempo and deservedly took the lead in the tenth minute.
Nathan Vaughan had just saved a tame effort from Blaine Hudson but Harriers were ahead when Malbon took advantage of the defender's slip, dribbled into the box and Dance slammed a shot in off the post for his first goal for the club.
Welling nearly found a reply when Alex Dyer lashed an effort just wide.
But Malbon had two chances to extend the Carpetmen's lead. Michael Gash dived to head a clearance into his path but the hitman rolled his effort wide.
Mickey Demetriou's slide rule pass then set-up Malbon, who had moved smartly find some space, but he missed the target.
Welling striker Ross Lafayette then had Kidderminster's keeper scrambling to reach his low shot.
But the visitors doubled their lead in the 25th minute with a sweeping counter-attack.
Kyle Storer played a lovely ball to Lee Vaughan and Harriers' galloping right back delivered a good ball, which Dance headed home at the far post.
The home side's best chance of the first half fell to skipper Lee Clarke but he fired over from eight yards out.
Malbon then fired an effort at keeper Lee Butcher after twisting and turning in the box.
Harriers continued their pacy display in the second half and Lee Vaughan tested keeper Lee Butcher with a well-struck long range effort.
Welling cared out their best chance in the 65th minute.
Wings boss Jamie Day had made three changes to increase his side's potency going forward and substitute Malik Ouani sprung Harriers' offside trap and played in a dangerous low ball, but Lafayette flung himself go always but missed the target.
Burr made changes in the 70th minute as he sent on strapping strikers Morgan-Smith and Nathan Blissett, both of who were making their first start of the season for Kidderminster.
Welling substitute Kurtis Guthrie then had a firm long range effort fly just over the bar.
The home side had a good spell of possession in the second half but found well-drilled Kidderminster tough to break down.
Chey Dunkley also saw a looping header crash off the top of the bar from Storer's corner.
But the hosts pulled one back in the 80th minute to thanks to substitute Fazakerley, who drove a first time effort between the keeper and his right hand post.
Harriers looked dangerous on the break and after a fine clearance by Josh Gowling at a corner, substitute Marvin Johnson set up Morgan-Smith, who saw his shot blocked in the 88th minute.
Vaughan also had to tip over a strong cross from Guthrie, which looked as though it might dip under the bar at the last minute.
Gowling also produced another impressive block to deny Ouani on the edge of the box as Harriers bagged their first away win of the season in the Skrill Premier.
Harriers: N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Dunkley, Fowler (Johnson, 76), Gash (Morgan-Smith, 70), Malbon (Blissett, 70), Jackman, Dance, Gowling.
Subs not used: Lewis, Angus.
Welling: Butcher, Jack Obersteller, Gallagher (Ouani, 58), Franks, Berquist, Clarke (Fazakerley, 62) Lafayette, Pires (Guthrie, 58), Hudson, Dyer, Healy.
Subs not used: Mott, Joe Obersteller.
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley. Attendance: 911
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