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Impressive Carpetmen put Lambs to the sword
9:49pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
Tamworth 0, Harriers 3
HARRIERS produced their best display of the season as they out played hapless Tamworth at The Lamb on Tuesday night.
Goals for James Dance, Michael Gash and Anthony Malbon did not tell the whole story as Steve Burr's side could have won by a cricket score if they had been more ruthless.
Only Tamworth man of the match keeper Cameron Belford, who produced a slew of saves, prevented the Aggborough outfit from winning by more.
But a third win in succession also lifted Kidderminster to third in the Skrill Premier.
Harriers suffered a set back before the kick-off when defender Josh Gowling pulled out with a knee injury.
That meant Jamie Grimes made his debut for the Carpetmen in central defence.
Kidderminster almost made the perfect start and could have opened the scoring 19 seconds into the game.
Anthony Malbon chased down a long ball and got the better of ex-Harriers Duane Courtney, pulled the ball back to Gash who blazed over the bar.
But the deadlock was broken in the sixth minute. The alert Dance pounced on a wayward pass from Courtney and coolly slotted the ball under keeper Cameron Belford.
Gittings nearly added a second moments later but saw his effort blocked.
Tamworth offered little going forward and their only real chance came in the 12th minute when Lateef Elford-Alliyu raced onto Jordan Rose's pass but was forced wide by keeper Nathan Vaughan and saw his effort cleared behind.
Harriers continued to open up the home side. Captain Kyle Storer saw a thundering 25-yard effort crash off the bar.
Gittings had a great chance to double the away team's lead in the 37th minute when Malbon cleverly stepped over Dance's pass but Belford was equal to his effort.
Harriers were also temporarily down to ten men late in the half when Chey Dunkley needed treatment but the young centre back returned to the action.
But Kidderminster were furious in time added on in the first half.
Storer thought he had scored a second when he headed home from a corner at the far post but referee Amy Fearn ruled it out for a foul.
Harriers started the second half brightly and Malbon nearly got his head to a good cross from Storer.
Tamworth were seeing more of the ball and substitute Darren Byfield volleyed an effort just wide.
But the away side looked dangerous, with right back Lee Vaughan testing keeper Belford with several dangerous crosses.
Gash made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute when he pounced on a defensive howler. Tony Capaldi could only clear Dance's corner into the path of the striker, who fired home from six yards out.
Malbon nearly created a third goal moments later after a barn-storming run down the right but Courtney did well to clear the ball over his own goal from close range.
Captain Storer hobbled off in the 78th minute after being fouled by Rose and was replaced by Jack Byrne.
Gittings came close to increasing Harriers' lead with a firm drive which arrowed just wide.
Belford, who had been a loan figure of defiance in front Kidderminster's onslaught, denied Dunkley in the 84th , diving athletically to clear away the defender's header.
Harriers made it 3-0 five minutes into time added on after the hapless Courtney brought down Malbon in the box and the striker beat Belford with a confident penalty to put the icing on the perfect night.
Harriers: N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Storer (Byrne, 78), Fowler, Demetriou, Dunkley, Grimes, Dance (Morgan-Smith, 69), Gittings, Malbon, Gash (Johnson, 83).
Subs not used: Lewis, Jackman.
Tamworth: Belford, Rose, Richards-Everton, Baker (Kerry, 62), Courtney, Peniket (Byfield, 45+2), Capaldi, Thomas, Lloyd, Elford-Alliyu, Wright (Todd, 76).
Subs not used: Evans, Byfield, Todd, Wren.
Referee: A Fearn.
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