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Posted Sat 11 Jan 14 at 16:45 PM

REPORT: HARRIERS 3-0 SALISBURY

A Joe Lolley hat-trick saw Harriers storm to a thoroughly comfortable 3-0 win in Andy Thorn's first-game in charge of the club at Aggborough on Saturday. 

The early stages on a pitch that had taken a real battering from the weather were scrappy, and it was an ex-Harrier in the shape of Glenn Wilson who took aim with the first real shot of the day though his effort for the visitors was wide of the target.

With the match's first real moment of magic came its first goal on 18 minutes - Joe Lolley controlled the ball well on the edge of the area and after making good room for himself, the youngster seized the moment and pulled the trigger to fire into the back of the net with a fine finish.

Around the half-hour mark Salisbury almost hit back through Ryan Brett - a fine team move saw him played in around 18 yards out and he took the effort confidently enough though Lewis was again able to eye it off target.

Nine minutes before the break a Stuart Sinclair effort was blocked away well by Harriers from close range and three minutes further on it was almost 2-0 as, up at the other end, Danny Jackman blazed over the bar after a good exchange with Lolley.

Harriers moved forward with purpose in the early part of the second half with Amari Morgan-Smith and Lolley looking particularly threatening though the latter got a shot off that was well held when the former was perhaps better placed.

The hosts  more than put their heads on the line to do some important defending when it mattered as the half wore on, while the first change of the day came from Harriers as Marvin Johnson replaced Morgan-Smith.

On 70 minutes a strong Johnson header put Gash up against goalkeeper Will Puddy and when the striker's block fell back to the winger, his shot was almost turned past his own stopper by a covering defender. Just after, Johnson's own shot was low and held well.

Just a couple of minutes later, however, it was 2-0 and it came from the penalty spot after Fowler's superb pass set Lolley away only for him to be fouled by James Clarke in the area. He was lucky to escape with a yellow but the Whites were punished when Joe did the damage, 12 yards out.

Unfortunately for Salisbury that wouldn't be the end of the damage - more misery came from the penalty spot with six minutes left of injury time when Johnson, on the charge, was mauled down for a blatant penalty that Lolley once again stepped up to convert with aplomb and secure the match ball!

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