Sat 14 Jan 17
at 16:45 PM
Report: Reds cruise through
HARRIERS secured comfortable progress through to the next round of the Buildbase FA Trophy with an emphatic 3-0 win over National League South big-hitters Ebbsfleet United.
In a battle of the North and South divisions of the National League it was the home side who started the brighter.
In fact that’s arguably an understatement; within two minutes they’d hit the bar through Andre Brown as his close-range, rifled effort beat goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore before cannoning off the upright.
A little over ten minutes later, Ashmore was at his best as he extended himself to deny Sam Austin whose rising effort looked destined for the top corner – Darryl Knights also having sight of goal as he drove an effort wide.
The ‘South’ high-flyers had their first chance after 20 minutes when Sam Deering met a deep cross with a diving header that Alex Palmer did well to parry away and, in truth, that was as close as the visitors got in a one-sided first half.
Harriers strode into a deserved two-goal lead in the space of four minutes. The breakthrough came courtesy of a fine piece of invention from on-loan full-back Josh Ezewele; the youngster beat his man near the corner flag and advanced with quick feet all the way down the by-line before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
Then, before Fleet could settle, it was two. A well-worked corner routine was played out to James McQuilkin who, from distance, struck toward goal, with Tyrone Williams there to apply a decisive touch and deflect the ball beyond Ashmore.
The visitors made two changes at the break to try and get themselves back in the game, and they at least worked the first chance of the half when Palmer held a McQueen shot.
Past the hour, though, Ashmore was again the busier of the two custodians and in the space of a minute he twice had to make saves to keep out driven efforts from the powerful Gnahoua.
Harriers added their third with just over 20 minutes left and it was a fine finish from Andre Brown as he drilled the ball across Ashmore and into the far corner of his net after a neat pass from Knights to supply the danger.
Anthony Cook’s close-range effort arrowed over the bar for Ebbsfleet soon after, a rare sight of goal for the visitors, before sub Truslove tried his luck up at the other end – Ashmore smothering his attempt.