Harriers 3, Lincoln United 1

A BRACE from Liam Truslove helped Harriers beat Lincoln United to progress in the FA Trophy.

Andre Brown bagged a third as Harriers made sure they were in the draw for the first round proper with another accomplished display despite resting Elton Ngwatala, Arthur Gnahoua and Keith Lowe.

Manager John Eustace handed another opportunity to Ash Carter, Sam Austin and goalscorer Truslove.

Harriers soon got on top in the contest against their opponents from Division One South.

Andre Brown first headed over from close range on 15 minutes after Tyrone Williams, advanced from right full back, got a good ball into the box.

From then on Harriers worked a host of openings as they began to dominate the ball.

Only Lincoln keeper Jake Turner kept them out as he made a string of saves to frustrate the hosts.

He was quickly out to save from Waite on 16 minutes before pushing away a Jordan Tunnicliffe header from McQuilkin's corner moments later.

Two minutes later he denied Waite once more as the winger had again got in behind the United back line.

After Lincoln has weathered that storm they did work two chances of their own as Jordan Hempenstall and Dan Brooks both worked Sam Hornby with efforts from distance.

However, that was all they offered in the final third in the first half as Harriers again got back on top towards the break.

They finally had the opener on 33 minutes when Truslove powered home a close ranger effort at the second attempt after McQuilkin's dangerous corner.

But it remained a familiar story for the home side after the goal though as Turner denied Waite for a third time to keep it to within one goal at half time.

Harries made sure they didn't rue that wasteful finishing with a second after just three minutes from the restart.

Again it was Truslove who was on hand to provide the finish.

Live wire Tyrell Waite cuts onto his right foot and hits a powerful effort that was blocked. The ball came back to him and his second effort was then saved by Turner before Truslove followed up to poke home.

The game was put out of reach when Brown slotted in from close range as Waite and the overlapping Zain Francis-Angol linked up well on the left.

Austin curled onto the bar with his left foot a minute later as Harriers threatened to chalk up more goals.

But Lincoln did manage to keep the score down but that was mainly due to the hosts seemingly content to knock the ball around and keep possession.

Francis-Angol and Austin were denied by the in-form Turner before United bagged a consolation with just two minutes left on the clock.

James Bluden rose to head past substitute keeper Palmer from a corner.

Though they will be disappointed to let in a late goal it was very much a case of job done as Harriers progress.

The league becomes the focus again next week with a trip to Bradford Park Avenue.

HARRIERS: Hornby (Palmer 82), Carter, Williams, Francis-Angol, Tunnicliffe, (Thomas 65) Croasdale, McQuilkin (Dieseruvwe 60), Truslove, Waite, Austin, Brown.

Unused Subs: Ngwatala, Gnahoua.

Lincoln United: Turner, Hornsey, Ward, Brooks, (Wright 63) Jacklin (c), Bluden, Norris, Toyne (Mullarkey 74) Hempenstall, King (Cotton 63), Smith.

Unused Subs: Millard, McGann.