It was a case of ‘as you were’ at the top of the table on Saturday as Mansfield won well at Barrow and, at Aggborough, leaders Harriers put Lincoln City to the sword with a 3-0 victory.
For once some stunning weather met the two teams as they started things off in Worcestershire and both teams looked to make as much use of the surface as possible by keeping the ball on the ground.
With less than a quarter of an hour gone there was a good chance for Harriers to break the deadlock after Anthony Malbon
was brought down about 25 yards from goal – Danny Pilkington
took aim with the free-kick and curled in an effort that Paul Farman in goal parried away well.
Todd Jordan nodded the ball some way off target for the Imps’ first chance with around 23 minutes on the clock but the home side would break the deadlock just four minutes later – good build-up play as the ball was lifted toward Michael Gash who, with his back to goal, neatly chested it back down into the path of Danny Jackman who rifled into Farman’s bottom corner for his first Kidderminster goal.
Gash himself went close just after the half-hour mark but his shot was watched wide by Farman, Malbon then toe-poking one at goal while being held off by his man that the goalkeeper managed to gather.
Just six minute shy of the break Chey Dunkley
went within inches of finding the net with a bullet header from Jackman’s great free-kick but the ball flew narrowly over the bar.
Harriers stopper Danny Lewis
had to be lively to danger with less than two minutes after the restart when Imps top scorer Jamie Taylor cut into the area and fired low at goal, Lewis spreading himself well to keep out the effort.
drilled one wide up at the other end in amongst the early chances of the half for Harriers, an effort deflected wide by Martin Devaney, too, the winger on as a replacement just before the interval for Danny Pilkington
As the half wore on Taylor wasted another chance for the Imps when he chose to cross at close range when the shot looked the better option – his effort with a bit over 15 minutes left was better but was deflected off target by Dunkley.
A little piece of quality with eleven minutes remaining arguably put this game to bed as the red scored again – Kyle Storer it was who made a driving run between defender and goalkeeper to split the two and lift a super finish over the advancing Farman and into the back of the net.
With just two minutes left of normal time Harriers continued to push forward and they were rewarded with a third goal – the play spread to sub Marvin Johnson
on the far side who in turn played in Lee Vaughan
; his tricky too much for the Imps as he beat his man easily before driving a finish across goal that found the bottom corner.