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Posted Tue 17 Sep 13 at 21:30 PM


Harriers produced easily their best display of the season so far to dominate Tamworth and record a comfortable and deserved 3-0 win on Tuesday night.

The afternoon rain meant that a superb, slick surface met the two teams at the Lamb and Harriers took full advantage by blitzing the home side with an early onslaught.

Inside the first minute they had two chances as Michael Gash spooned an effort wide and Anthony Malbon saw a shot held by Cameron Belford and, with just six minutes gone, the lead was snatched by winger James Dance, his third of the season coming as he seized a poor defensive ball before coolly slotting into the bottom corner of the net.

With 26 minutes gone Kyle Storer was, for the umpteenth time this season, denied by the frame of the goal; he charged through midfield and let fly with a drive that had Belford beaten all ends up before clattering the woodwork.

Just over ten minutes later Belford was inspired as he made a superb stop to deny Callum Gittings as he lashed at goal after picking up Lee Vaughan's pass, then just after getting down well to hold a Gash drive from a free-kick.

In first half injury time Belford turned a Vaughan shot around the post, the resultant corner was nodded in at the far post by Grimes though the goal was chalked off for an infringement inside the area.

Ten minutes into the second half Tamworth had one of their first chances of the night as sub Darren Byfield volleyed a shot wide after being set up by Mark Wright, but, three after the hour Harriers had a deserved second as Gash blasted home a close-range finish after Tamworth failed to clear a corner.

Still Harriers hassled and harried and through the outlets of Vaughan and Malbon they continually worked the ball into the area, Gittings lofting another fine delivery into the danger zone seven minutes from time to set up Dunkley who was only denied a goal by another splendid save from Belford.

The win was wrapped up in injury time after Malbon dusted himself down from being fouled by Courtney in the area to dispatch the kick past Belford and into the net.

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