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Strikers on the mark as Harriers edge past bottom side
5:20pm Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
Harriers 2, Hyde 1
FIRST half goals for Michael Gash and Anthony Malbon ensured Harriers earned all three points against Skrill Premier bottom side Hyde on Saturday.
The Carpetmen may not have been at their best but they did enough to see off a neat and determined visiting side from Cheshire.
Hyde, who have lost four games in a row, had cancelled out Malbon's early goal through Tom Collins, before Gash headed the home team back in front.
The way team hit back in the second half but did not have the guile to open up a Harriers back four which was well-marshalled by Chey Dunkley and Josh Gowling.
Harriers started with attacking and intent and took the lead in the third minute.
Striker Malbon bagged his first goal at Aggborough in the league this season.
He chased down Gowling's long ball, stepped past Luke Ashworth and rifled a fine effort into the top corner.
The hosts looked on course to fill their boots but were stunned by a Hyde leveller against the run of play.
Collins was allowed to run at Harriers' defence and he beat keeper Nathan Vaughan, who did not react at all, with a low effort from the edge of the area in the 15th minute.
Buoyed by the goal, Hyde had a 15 minute spell of domination but Harriers worked their way back in to the game and went ahead again in the 34th.
Ashworth fouled Malbon in the centre circle and Lee Fowler delivered a free-kick, which Gash headed home for the simplest goal he will score all season.
The Carpetmen nearly increased their lead but keeper David Carnell denied Malbon and Danny Jackman.
Hyde made all three of their substitutions early in the second half, with Louis Almond, Emmanuel Dieseruvwe and Scott Spencer coming on.
It was the away side who created a good chance in the 52nd minute. Connor Hughes made a strong break down the right and teed up Collins who fired in a strong effort, but keeper Nathan Vaughan parried his firm effort away.
But the second half remained largely even between the sides, despite the disparity in league positions.
Captain Kyle Storer drove a low shot just wide in the 76th minute after being teed up by Malbon.
Hyde were threatening with their neat football and on-loan Sheffield Wednesday man Dieseruvwe fired an effort straight at Harriers' keeper in the 83rd.
Substitute Amari Morgan-Smith drove into the box and Malbon saw an effort blocked.
In the end, Harriers held onto to make it two wins in a row and lifted themselves to sixth in the Skrill Premier.
Harriers: N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Demetriou, Gowling, Dunkley, Dance (Johnson, 60), Storer, Fowler, Jackman, Malbon (Gittings, 90+2), Gash (Morgan-Smith, 74).
Subs not used: Lewis, Angus.
Hyde: Carnell, Brizell, Griffin, Haining, Ashworth, Blakeman, Mainwaring (Dieserjvwe, 54), Brown, Poole (Spencer, 54), Collins (Almond, 58), Hughes.
Subs not used: Thurston, Frith.
Referee: Paul Rees (Bristol).
Attendance: 1607 (23)
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