BOSS John Eustace highlighted the character of his young Harriers squad after their success over fellow play-off hopefuls Stockport County.

Kidderminster took another big step towards a a place in the National League North's end-of-season shake-up with a 3-1 victory at Aggborough on Tuesday night.

Goals from Joe Ironside, James McQuilkin and Dan Bradley gave Kidderminster the points as they quickly backed up Saturday's win at Blyth.

The manager was keen to praise the attitude of his players after a 15th home win of the campaign moved them 10 points ahead of eighth-placed Chorley (full report inside).

He said: "It’s been a really tough couple of weeks, but the lads’ character has got them through it.

"I don’t think we played that well tonight but to win the game was excellent.

“Stockport are on a great run. You can see they’re confident and they made it difficult for us.

“They’re a very good team and I’m sure they’ll be in the play-offs at the end of the season.

“But the lads concede, and they go again. The character of the young group is fantastic and hopefully that will continue.”

The clinical finishing of his side also delighted the boss.

He added: "It kind of makes a bit of a change really.

“We normally create a lot of chances and don’t take them. We didn’t create that many tonight but I’m delighted with the three goals.”

He also praised the showing of defender Jimmy O'Connor against a battling County attack.

"He's experienced and has played at a very high level and we've got such a young group that it's vital we've got good, experienced players around them.

"He's the only one with the top class experience that we've got and you can see the difference he's made in the last two games since he's come in. He's been fantasic and hopefully he can stay fit.

"He hasn't done much for six or seven weeks and has come in and had two fantastic games. He's organising, throwing his body on the line and he makes it a lot easier for the rest of the young boys."

Eustace's attention now turns to Saturday's home game against relegation-threatened Tamworth (3pm kick-off).

"We take each game as it comes, we're competitive and I'm not interested in anything else apart from the game against Tamworth.

"The lads have worked so hard over the last couple of weeks and there is a lot of tired bodies in there and players playing through injuries.

"All I'm focused on is Tamworth and it's going to be a really tough game because they're fighting for their lives as well.

"We approach each game the same. It doesn't matter who we play, we prepare properly."