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Posted Tue 08 Oct 13 at 21:30 PM


A dominant second half display from Harriers saw them soar up the table at the expense of title favourites Forest Green who were firmly put the sword 4-1.

The visitors strode ahead within five minutes in this contest; early hesitancy in the home defence being pounced upon as a drive from Danny Wright was spilled by goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan, re-worked into the six-yard area and slammed home by former Aggborough man Matthew Barnes-Homer.

As bad a start as that was for Harriers, though, there was also the response to meet it as the hosts equalised just a further six minutes later, skipper Kyle Storer powering home a header from Callum Gittings' fine corner. 

There was another hammer blow to Harriers'  injury prospects just after the midway point of the half as Gittings was withdrawn for Byrne after picking up a knock, Jamie Grimes and Josh Gowling going close for their team back on the field as they narrowly missed out on connecting with a corner.

Five before the break visiting stopper Sam Russell showed quick reactions to deny Joe Lolley at his far post, so too to tip a Storer corner on to his bar just after. 

Six after the break Lolley was again opening his legs and charging at goal as he was set free by Nathan Blissett though his effort could only find the side netting. 

Just after the hour mark the game erupted back into life, firstly as Harriers took the lead; a corner superbly won by Amari  Morgan-Smith was eventually re-worked into the box and smashed home by Byrne who lashed at it with venom.

Just after, the visitors were reduced to ten men as Al Bangura was given his marching orders for a two-footed lunge on Storer, the night almost further worsening moments further on as another trademark Lolley run ended with a great low shot that the solid Russell did superbly to get behind and save.

That third goal would come, however, a thrill-a-minute half for the hosts continuing as AMS took it upon himself to unleash a hellacious, curling drive at goal from 20 yards that bent simply and sublimely past Russell and into his top corner. Breathless!

And yet the visitors, with ten to go, almost pulled a goal back as they broke with pace but as sub Mangan crossed to Stokes, last line of defence Nathan Vaughan was there with a great, low save at his far post.

Inside the last few moments there was yet more action and again AMS was in amongst it, slamming home a penalty off the bar after Blissett's header in the area had been handled by George Pilkington for his second and 4-1 to Harriers.

The only real disappointment of the night for Harriers was the loss of James Dance, a late sub, to an even later straight red card. Rovers' Aarran Rancine was also dismissed in the same incident - he'd gone in late on the winger with a poor challenge and the brawl that followed saw the double red to end the night.

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