Harriers recovered from a slow start to dominate Tamworth and record a 4-1 win at Aggborough on Saturday to go back to within three points of the top of the table.
Harriers pressed from the off in this one against something of a local rival but for all their early pressing it would be the visitors who took the lead with just under five minutes on the clock.
Striker Adam Cunnington’s initial headed effort was cleared well off the line by an alert Mickey Demetriou
but the reds failed to close down the hit-man as he charged again and the resultant rebound shot was fired straight back in that direction through a gap in the crowd of bodies and into the back of the net.
Harriers tried to register a response as Michael Gash saw a header comfortably held by goalkeeper Tony Breeden and Keith Briggs
had a drive from distance deflected wide but in truth the Lambs had good control of the affair in the opening half an hour, Breeden then happy to watch James Vincent
’s dipping volley fly over the bar.
Harriers would raise their game, however, and nine minutes before the interval – Keith Briggs
smashed home from close range after Lee Vaughan
’s shot was deflected into his path to score his first of the season.
There then followed arguably one of Harriers’ best passing spells of the season as they dominated and stretched the Lambs; it really was pleasing on the eye. There threatened to be the downside of no second goal to show for it but in first half stoppage time it was 2-1 as Danny Pilkington
lifted a lovely free-kick around the wall and into the bottom corner with all in sky blue left to watch it.
Ten minutes into the second period there was a big chance for Tamworth to equalise – Cunnington was again the man with it as he turned in a flash on the edge of the area and drove at goal, Danny Lewis
getting down equally as quickly as he turned it around the post.
The visitors would be made to pay for not beating Lewis, too, as a few minutes later it was 3-1 Danny Jackman’s free-kick tight to the by-line nodded down by Josh Gowling
and then nudged over the line by striker Gash.
Close to the hour mark Ryan Rowe replaced Malbon and netted almost instantly as he watched the ball onto his boot on the angle before firing at goal and drawing a fine save from Breeden; Briggs then doing the same from close range on the volley.
Tamworth continued to attack and Lewis had to stay alert on 72 minutes as he was forced to palm Michael Wylde’s header away literally with his fingertips, sub Danny Lloyd then having a volleyed shot blocked away by Gowling.
It would be four with just over six minutes left and it was a goal of real quality, Lee Vaughan
supplying the ammunition from wide as he dipped a looping cross towards the head of Gash who duly rose and thumped it back across Breeden and into the corner of the net.