| Report: Matt Wall | Stats: PA | Gallery: Stefan Rapacz|
Harriers’ revival continued in style on Saturday as they made it back-to-back wins with a comfortable 3-0 success over promotion favourites Macclesfield Town at Aggborough.
Harriers were almost caught out from the kick-off as the game got underway in cool sunshine; Mickey Demetriou misjudged the flight of the ball and was beaten to it by Macc’s Wade Fairhurst who, with two bites at the cherry, could only fire an effort just wide of the target.
The opening stages were played almost exclusively in the home half as the visitors started the brighter of the two teams but on 14 minutes the reds did fashion a chance when Demetriou fizzed a free-kick just wide of Lance Cronin’s near post.
Around the midway point of the first half Keith Briggs floated a ball just over Cronin’s target and just after the keeper was forced into his first save of the day as Lee Vaughan’s neat ball played in Ryan Rowe who took a touch before shooting on the angle, stopped by Cronin’s right leg.
Nine before the interval Harriers went close once more as Anthony Malbon watched a ball down fall out of the sky – as it dropped he knew he had one chance to strike before being closed down and so took it first time with a volley that flew just over with Cronin looking concerned.
Three minutes before the interval the opening goal arrived and the lead was the hosts’; it came from their first corner of the afternoon as a delightful delivery from Callum Gittings was met by a thumping header from Chey Dunkley who powered home for his first in full-time football.
The second half began as well as the first ended for Harriers and within a couple of minutes they’d forced a couple of fine saves from Cronin; first Rowe as he drove a low free-kick towards goal and latterly as Josh Gowling met another treat of a delivery from Gittings to scoop a ball towards the near post where Cronin threw up a hand to tip it over.
A second just felt like it would come for Harriers and on 51 minutes it did and it was a goal entirely of Ryan Rowe’s making and taking; he latched on to a long throw from Demetriou, beat his man at the by line before firing the ball into the far corner of the net for his fourth in two games.
In the following minutes there was a chance apiece as Fairhurst struck over for Macc before Keith Briggs curled a good effort wide of the target for the reds. Just after the hour there was a debut for on-loan Adam Watkins who replaced Gittings after a fine display.
Briggs went closer on 69 minutes with a similar effort that Cronin parried away, Rowe then making way to generous applause as Marvin Johnson was introduced into the action.
The final 15 minutes was always going to be either ‘helmets on’ or forwards on to a comfortable win for Harriers but thankfully the answer arrived on 74 minutes as sub Johnson himself all but put the game to bed; picking up on a Briggs ball before firing superbly past the despairing dive of Cronin.
Sub Chris Holroyd had a late chance for Macc from Fairhurt’s corner with five minutes to go but his flicked effort was too high and harmless to Nathan Vaughan who watched it away.