Harriers were praised for being a “constant threat” as they swept York City aside with a 3-0 win at Aggborough in National League North.

Charged with showing the right response to a first league defeat in over three months against Hereford last time out, Harriers faced a tall task with the visit of the Minstermen to Worcestershire.

But the Reds were quickly back in their stride and never looked like not picking up three points here, putting a sorry City side to a convincing defeat.

Omari Sterling’s remarkable free-kick effort from 35 yards all but killed the game dead – putting the team 2-0 up after Amari Morgan-Smith had earlier put them in front.

It was a first half that stood the hosts in good stead, with Jimmy O’Connor saying at full time: “I thought the boys approached the start of the game very well.

“They got on the front foot from the off and set the tone from minute one. I thought we were a constant threat and didn’t give too much away either at the other end, which was great to see.

“I think we’re going to be a test for anybody when we’re at home playing here.

“The lads look really confident and they’re enjoying having a crowd behind them.”

Sam Austin got himself back in amongst the goals in the second half – his 75th minute finish was his first league goal since last November.

As well as looking lethal at one end of the pitch, Harriers looked solid at the other – a clean sheet secured not least thanks to the performance of debutant defender Matt Preston.

Preston signed for Harriers on Friday after joining on a two-month loan from Solihull Moors of the National League.

He slotted straight into the back line in place of the injured Nathan Cameron, while Devonte Redmond also made his first appearance for the club after his recent arrival from Wrexham.

Reflecting on maiden Harriers performances for the duo, O’Connor said: “They’ve come in and straight away brought into the group with everything they’re about.

“They’re good lads and have good standards, on and off the pitch.

“I thought they both had accomplished debuts today and hopefully they can carry on and build on that.”

Meanwhile, Harriers confirmed this week that tickets for their FA Cup match against West Ham United will go on sale to Season Ticket holders this week.

Sales begin on Tuesday before the team travel to Kettering Town in a league match, then returning home on Saturday (29th) for a league fixture with Gloucester City.