Harriers swoop on Lambs for three points
13 September 2016
Or the first of two trips to Aggborough in 5 days, The Lambs arrived on the back of the 5-1 way victory over Curzon Ashton looking for more of the same, but ran out to face one of the toughest defences in the league, edging wins by the odd goal or two and suffering only 2 defeats so far.
Andy Morrell made no changes to the starting eleven that faced Curzon and named Stephan Morley on a teamsheet for the first time after injury.
Harriers kicked off proceedings with The Lambs in yellow attacking the home terrace and an early flag denied the run of Newton.
The home side quickly took control though and kept the ball in the Lambs half for the next half dozen or so minutes with some pinpoint passing moves and only being let down by the final ball.
A low shot from Ngwatala didn’t really trouble Belshaw on 12 but it only reinforced the need for Tamworth to be strong in defence and move the ball quickly.
However on 14 a cross from Waite deflected off Breslin on the Harriers right wing and fell perfectly onto the head of Dieseruwe who glanced it on target from a central position past Belshaw (0-1, 14 mins)
Newton and Waite were both booked after a tangle of legs on 20 saw the freekick go the Lambs way and although Mills fired the deadball into the area, Harriers cleared.
Burns then brought down Dieseruwe on the Harriers left and earned himself a card too.
On 24 The Lambs defence blocked Ngwatala's shot and then Belshaw did the same when he picked up the rebound in the left of the box.
Less than a minute later Harriers continued to keep the pressure on and when the ball found Gnahoua in the left of the area he made no mistake with a low shot into the far corner past the covering defenders and, ultimately, Belshaw (0-2, 25 mins)
A first Tamworth corner was forthcoming on 29 and it fell onto the head of Newton but failed to trouble Hornby in the Harriers goal and Mills struck the loose ball off target.
The Lambs escaped 0-3 when a superb move down the right wing saw McQuilkin strike the ball and it ricocheted off both Burns and the post for a corner.
From the flag kick Tunnicliffe rose highest to head just wide of the far post.
Tamworth forced a left sided corner on 37 which was headed behind for one on the right which was then cleared to the half way line.
Harriers kept the ball and pushed forward threading a pass through to Waite on 38 but the offside flag denied his shot at Belshaw.
On 41 the home side did get their third of the evening, when a low sided cross from the left was not cleared and it fell invitingly for McQuilkin to fire home from 12 yards out (3-0, 41 mins)
Two minutes added time were shown at the end of the first half which ended without further incident.
Morrell made a double change before the second half kicked off, changing the complexion of the side with Deeney and Taylor replacing Dyer and Davies.
Harriers nearly made it four inside sixty seconds though when Ngwatala fired just wide of the left hand post after picking up the ball in the D from a left sided drilled cross to his feet.
A strong run and shot from Waite on 49 saw his powerful shot from the right of the box blocked and cleared.
After Croasdale had been booked for a challenge just inside the Harriers half, Newton put the ball in the net from the freekick on 52 and the 82 travelling Lambs celebrated but it was ruled out for offside.
It was 0-4 on 61 when Waite made mincemeat of his markers, cutting back inside the box twice to wrong foot The Lambs defence down the left of the box and set himself up perfectly to fire inside the near post.
The home side were still going in search of goals and on 65 Ngtawala and Dieseruwe combined but the shot / lob floated over the bar with Belshaw happy to watch it out of play.
Breslin forced a corner with a blocked shot on 70 which came to nothing while at the other end a game of pinball ensued at Harriers lined up to take shots from 18 yards until Tamworth got the ball away from the danger area.
On 80, Truslove threaded the ball through to Waite who nipped into the box to go one v one against Belshaw but rolled it wide of the right hand post.
A foul on Tomassen set up Deeney with a right channel freekick on 80 and it was headed behind for a corner on the left in front of the Lambs fans, but it came to nothing despite a close call in the box.
Austin made it five on 83 with an attacking run at Breslin in left back and his shot deflected off the defender and past Belshaw into the goal at the far post. (0-5, 83 mins)
Almost from the restart Harriers added another with their sixth goalscorer of the night – the finish from Truslove from the right of the box beat Belshaw and sent the home fans celebrations off once again. (0-6, 85 mins)
Three minutes added time were shown at the end of the game and Brown nearly struck a seventh but fired wide of the mark when well placed. Green was booked for a rash challenge and the final whistle blew.
Belshaw, Burns, Breslin, Green (c.), Tomassen, Lane, Mills (Briscoe 67), Clarke, Newton, Dyer (Deeney HT), Davies (Taylor HT)
Subs: Morley, Morrell
YC: Newton 20, Burns 22, Green 90
Kidderminster Harriers Team:
Hornby, Williams, Francis-Angol, Croasdale, Lowe (c.), Tuniclife, Waite, McQuilkin, Dieseruvwe (Brown 76), Ngwatala (Truslove 72), Gnahoua (Austin 61)
Subs: Carter, Thomas
YC: Waite 20, Croasdale 52
Referee: Mr. M. Donahue