Harriers moved back level with the top of the table in the BSBP as they responded to defeat in fine style by downing Grimsby Town 3-1 at Blundell Park on Saturday.
In terms of getting a spectacle, you could be encouraged by the first ten minutes’ play as both sides started brightly, Anthony Malbon
and Kyle Storer having opening sighters for Harrier s with Grimsby’s Ross Hannah also seeing a shot deflected wide.
A few minutes later the recalled Keith Briggs
saw an attempt flash just wide, and just after the midway point of the half Martin Devaney worked himself a great opening on his first start for the club before miss-kicking in the area.
Half an hour in the home side raised the noise levels a touch by producing what was by far their best chance of the half as Bradley Wood crossed for striker Ross Hannah to plant a close-range header that goalkeeper Danny Lewis
kept out with a simply outstanding save.
Harriers would then captialise on that as, on 31 minutes, they took the lead with a similar move, Mickey Demetriou
with a deep and driving cross that was finished neatly at the far post by striker Anthony Malbon
Just four minutes remained of the half when Marcus Marshall raced away from the defence in the blink of an eye before fizzing it across the face of goal where Hannah looked to have poked it over the line before Lewis again intervened to somehow knock it clear.
But on the stroke of the interval wonderful Harriers made it 2-0 with an incisive breakaway, the Mariners sleepy at their own free-kick before being robbed of the ball, Malbon being fed and releasing Devaney who broke into the area and slid in Vaughan – h is cross was deadly and duly tapped home by Michael Gash for his first Harriers goal but 15th of the season in all.
Grimsby would have wanted an instant response and with a goal inside five minutes of the second half they got it – lines not cleared from a free-kick and Ian Miller eventually taking charge of matters by lashing the ball into the roof of the net.
Six minutes later the comeback was almost complete as Grimsby kept up a constant wave of pressure with Harriers unable to grab hold of the ball; Andy Cook’s rising effort dipped just at the last and so nearly landed beyond Lewis but eventually fell just over the bar.
Tempers then started to fray on the pitch and on the touchlines as everyone understood the importance of victory in this, Grimsby co-boss Rob Scott perhaps lucky to not be sent to the stands for squaring up to the Harriers bench.
was thrown on as a sub with around 15 minutes left to play and after linking up with Malbon he had a good chance to net for his side but found his low shot kept out by Town stopper James McKweown.
Just after, though, it would be 3-1 and winger Pilkington would have a big part to play in it after being set free by Jackman, his driven ball inside the area turned home by a gleeful Malbon, possibly with the aid of a defender or two.