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Posted Mon 17 Apr 17 at 16:45 PM

Report: Harriers thump Robins

HARRIERS secured a National League North play-off spot as they comfortably saw off relegated Altrincham 4-1 at Moss Lane.

Harriers once again started quickly and, unlike Friday’s Aggborough encounter against Boston, were rewarded for their efforts with an early goal.

By the time they broke the deadlock with six minutes gone, they’d already made plenty of advance on the home goal – keeper Stuart Tomlinson eventually powerless to stop a fine drive from James McQuilkin at a free kick nestling into his top corner.

Elton Ngwatala, finding his rhythm after a recent return to the side, followed up with an effort high over the bar just after Dan Nti had seen shot blocked with eleven on the clock.

That was the sum of the action for much of the half but, three after the half-hour, Ngwatala again went close as he let fly from distance with an arrowed effort that fizzed past the angle of Tomlinson’s frame.

Eight before the break the already-relegated Robins found themselves level in fairly routine fashion; a direct, long ball up field from Evans found the run of Damian Reeves, the accomplished striker who drilled a finish beyond Hornby.

That gave Alty the impetus to finish the half on top, but it was end-to-end stuff within sixty seconds of the second getting underway, Reeves seeing one finish blocked at one end before, at the other, Tomlinson was able to get behind a Gnahoua shot.

Harriers turned the screw,  though, and barely a minute or so after Croasdale had struck a firm shot off the inside of the far post, the team were back in front from a corner as Joe Ironside swept the ball calmly into the back of the net after Tunnicliffe’s initial header.

Just as with the first goal, that strike put Harriers comfortably in the ascendency though there was no stretching the advantage near the hour mark as, when Ironside turned the ball sharply back to substitute Sonupe, the on-loan youngster could only fire over Tomlinson’s target.

Harriers kept on top and really dominated the game in every respect, finding a third goal with a little over a quarter of an hour left to play – Sonupe seeing his well-taken drive crash off the bar and straight to fellow sub Brown who swivelled excellently as he turned the ball beyond Tomlinson.

Still the away side worked and worked and their endeavour was rewarded with a fourth goal in the final minutes; Ironside turning and shooting superbly, Sonupe tidying up the damage from close range as Tomlinson spilled the ball.

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