HARRIERS got back to winning ways with a 5-0 thrashing o Curzon Ashton at Aggborough.

The Reds had been six games without a win and enjoying a luckless March before the Nash came to town.

But a clinical display in front of their home supporters saw them put Curzon to the sword and pick up a first three-point haul snice the end of February.

Amari Morgan-Smith took his tally to the season to 14 with two headed goals, while Sam Austin also netted, after Keziah Martin had scored his first ever goal for Harriers.

The rout began before the break and after Harriers had dominated much of the game without much of a reward. With 22 minutes gone, Omari Sterling hit an ambitious corner that Jordan Lussey couldn’t help but head backwards and past his own goalkeeper.

Curzon did hit back before the break and only a top save by Luke Simpson kept them at bay as he dealt with Marcus Poscha’s header.

If the first 45 minutes was almost one-way traffic, the second period was very much so – Morgan-Smith arguably putting the game to bed with a brace of headers. First, just before the hour, he thumped an effort beyond Chris Renshaw from a corner, and with 20 minutes to play similarly diverted Ashley Hemmings’ excellent cross into the net.

The visitors never really threatened to the reduce the arrears before Harriers added two more goals. With five left of normal time there was a great moment for Martin as he dispossessed Curzon before sliding the ball beyond Renshaw.

Simpson had to be alert to make a smart save in the 90th minute from a Curzon header, before Sam Austin put the icing on the cake for Harriers. Leading an incisive 94th minute breakaway, he drove through midfield and selflessly teed up sub Ethan Freemantle, whose shot was well saved by Renshaw. Austin was on hand to slam the rebound into the net.

Putting to bed a tricky last month, a relieved Jimmy O’Connor said at full time: “It has been a month that could stand us in good stead because we’ve learned a hell of a lot about ourselves and what makes us a good team.

“We’re delighted today because we’ve got the fruits of our labour and that’s something we’ve got to take into the rest of the season now.”

Next up for Harriers is an away trip in National League North at Bradford (Park Avenue) on Saturday, 2nd April.