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Posted Tue 06 Dec 11 at 21:39 PM

REPORT: HARRIERS HIT FOUR IN BATH WIN

Report by Matt Wall - stats provided and generated for harriers.co.uk by the Press Association.

A goal in each half from Jamille Matt helped Harriers on their way to a 4-1 win over Bath City at Aggborough on Tuesday as their good form in the BSBP continued.

As has been the fashion for Harriers games over the years the action once again came thick and fast - once more within five minutes we had the opening goal as the visitors struck.

A free-kick, awarded just on the edge of the area, was driven towards goal by City's Scott Murray - the effort looked to have been heading well wide of Tony Breeden's upright, before an unfortunate deflection from the nearby Lee Vaughan sent it looping up and past the keeper's palm and into the back of the net.

A little under ten minutes later it could well have been 2-0 as Harriers struggled to get to grips with that early blow; Murray again racing away in on goal before lifting the ball both other Breeden and the far post.

The first chance of the half for the home side took some 20 minutes to arrive as they looked to arrest a slow start, Mickey Demetriou whipping in a fine free-kick from deep that was met by Kyle Storer who nodded an effort down and wide.

It was enough to gain Harriers a bit of momentum and three minutes after the half-hour mark and it owed much to the determination and intricacy of Demetriou as he blazed his way up field before releasing Storer who held the ball up superbly before matching that with an excellent cross along the face of the six-yard box that was duly headed into the back of the net by Steve Guinan.

Four minutes later it could and perhaps should have been two as the reds broke forward with purpose, the ball eventually falling to Lee Hendrie who took a touch to set before blasting an effort towards goal that fizzed wide.

On the stroke of half time the turn-around was complete as the home side seized on their now dominant position in the game; the ball threaded through to Jamille Matt who hustled and bustled to get a one-on-one with goalkeeper Matthews, squeezing the ball under his body before watching it trickle over the line for 2-1.

The second half was slower to get started than the first but Harriers at least attempted to add to their lead through headed efforts from Matt and substitute Jack Byrne who had replaced Guinan.

As the game marched past the hour mark you sensed it needed something to boost it and on 64 minutes the fourth goal of the game arrived and it came the way of Harriers; Byrne's immaculate ball releasing Matt who drove at goal, thumping the post before heading home the rebound for his seventh of the campaign.

Bath immediately rang the changes to try and stay in the game and prevent their unbeaten run coming to an end and with 16 minutes remaining Marc Canham forced Breeden into a save with a low drive from just outside the area.

A few minutes later Matt looked to be given a fine chance to seal his hat-trick after City's Gethin Jones floored namesake Luke inside the area - penalty rightly awarded by the referee, yet oddly withdrawn after consultation with his assistant.

That luck continued for the hosts - twice more they had the ball in the back of the net as sub Marc Williams and then Wright notched, only to have the efforts chalked off for offside.

They were not to be denied that fourth goal, however - pinball in the Bath area was only realistically going to end one way, and Byrne made sure of it with a superb switch of feet and low drive into the bottom corner of the net with Matthews beaten.

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