Harries kill cup hopes in 12 minute spell
17 September 2016Tamworth vowed to approach the second game at Aggborough in five days with a completely different mentality as not only did it come on the back of the 6 goal reversal but it also was the start of the Road Wembley for the winners as a place in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup in a fortnight’s time awaited.
Andy Morrell made two changes to the side that were so comprehensively turned over in the league fixture and the home side started proceedings. The Lambs adopted a 5-3-2 formation with Green in the centre back role in front of Belshaw and it made things tougher for the home side to break down the Lamb early on.
But on 7 a corner from the left was not dealt with an Ngwatala side footed home from 8 yards out to open the scoring (0-1)
Then on 11 Dieseruvwe struck home from close range after another corner from the left was not dealt with again. It came after Belshaw had made a save and Gnahoua’s deflected shot went out past the far post.
A chance came the Lambs way on 15 when Taylor and Newton combined but the final shot was off target and didn’t trouble Hornby.
The on 19 a cool finish by Dieseruvwe made it 3-0 to Harriers, capitalising on a slip at the back to slot home from the edge of the area.
A Tamworth corner by Taylor on the left was headed back across goal and then out at the far post by Dyer.
On 30 a right footed half volley from Burns flashed over the bar and at the other end Waite shot from a similar position but low past the far post.
Two minutes later Gnahoua shot from the left of the box and brought a great save from Belshaw down to his left for a corner. Gnahoua’s flag kick went long and was nearly forced home at the far post but went wide of the mark. Green dropped his shoulder and handled a dangerous through ball on 35 to pick up the first booking of the game, and there was little to report until the half time whistle blew.
Tamworth got the second half underway attacking the unpopulated terrace as travelling faithful were seated at the end of the stand nearest Hornby’s goal.
But on 53 Gnahoua notched his fourth goal with a low left footed shot at the near post which came about after a stoppage in play for injury to Lowe.
The ball was played forward and flicked on over the half way line allowing Gnahoua to sprint into the box with only Belshaw to beat. (0-4)
Morrell made a double change on 65 brining Briscoe and Morley into the game, the first run out for Morley of the season.
Harriers appeared to have stepped the pace down a notch, but quickly got themselves back into gear around 66, forcing a corner on the left after some skilful attacking play.
The flag kick was eventually cleared after Belshaw had punched it down but not away. Harriers sub Stambolziev forced a corner on 73 which was headed behind by Dyer for another flagkick that came to nothing.
Burns picked up a card for clashing with Francis-Angol on the half way line on 83 and Harriers resorted to a long range effort from Ngwatala.
Dieseruvwe looked for his hat-trick on 86 but starting with his back to goal he was leaning back when he turned and shot and sent the ball high over the home terrace.
A shot from Mills forced Horbny into a rare save, pushing the ball away from danger on 87 and Newton did likewise in the three minutes of added time but it was the closest The Lambs came to consolation before the final whistle blew on a week to forget, none moreso for the 98 travelling fans.
Belshaw, Burns, Breslin (Mills 80), Deeney, Tomassen (Morley 65), Lane, Taylor, Clarke (Briscoe 65), Newton, Dyer, Green (c.)
Subs: Gill, Davies, Morrell, Smith
YC: Green 35, Burns 83
Kidderminster Harriers Team:
Hornby, Williams, Francis-Angol, Croasdale (Hodgkiss 60), Lowe (c.), Tunicliffe, Waite (Austin 54), Carter, Dieseruvwe, Ngwatala, Gnahoua (Stambolziev 70)
Subs: Truslove, Brown, Thomas, Palmer
YC: Carter 75, Hodgkiss 90
Referee: Mr. D. Bourne