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Posted Sat 09 Nov 13 at 16:45 PM


Harriers powered themselves into the Second Round of the FA Cup with Budweiser thanks to a largely comfortable 4-1 home win over Skrill South promotion hopefuls Sutton United at Aggborough.

In the midst of a lengthy unbeaten run, Sutton quickly settled into a routine and rhythm and it soon served them well as, within ten minutes, they had the lead as Charlie Clough met a corner unchallenged and directed a header from distance above everyone and into the back of Danny Lewis' goal.

They lead for a mere two minutes as, seemingly awaken by the visitors' goal, Harriers quickly levelled, fine play by Joe Lolley and Lee Vaughan teeing up Michael Gash who drove a shot towards goal - it was quickly blocked but Amari Morgan-Smith was alive to it and was on hand to smash home the re-bound.

Further Harriers pushed and on 17 minutes the early turnaround was complete as the impressive Gash turned his man before stretching the back-line of United and threading through a pas for Callum Gittings to latch on to before he powered a splendid finish beyond the body of the advancing 'keeper Thomas Lovelock and into the back of the net.

'AMS' and Joe Lolley had further stabs at Lovelock's goal only to be denied by one good block and one good save,  the former going within inches of his second and his team's third with eight minutes until the break as his attempted lob dropped just over.

Harriers created so many chances after conceding that they  might well have been out of sight at the interval but they were not -and it was chiefly thanks to the form of Lovelock who was again in superb form near the half's end as he produced a fine double-save to deny AMS and then, on the follow-up, Lee Vaughan.

Sutton again approached the start to the second half as they did the first and created a number of openings to draw themselves level and in doing so they allowed the game to stretch to an even more open affair - Harriers taking advantage near the hour mark.

On 61 minutes it was 3-1; some vintage forward charging from Lolley seeing Sutton back off further and further, the striker  cutting inside before deceiving Lovelock by slamming his finish to the near-post rather than across him and into the back of the net.

Soon after Lovelock was back at it again, keeping Harriers at bay in their search for a fourth as his low stop kept out Gash's powerful shot; the same player then nodding a header off the post from an AMS cross. 

Advancing through the half, sub Mitchell Nelson went close to pulling a goal back for Sutton, rolling the perfect ball along the face of goal that needed just a touch to force it home though it just wasn't forthcoming, Harriers' sub Malbon going close to forcing an effort on goal only to be denied by yet another fine Sutton block in the last quarter-hour.

As we reached the final stages, Lewis pulled off a fine save of his own as if to get on the act being dominated up at the other end, doing superbly to claw away sub Damien Scannell's effort before Malbon rounded off the scoring, picking up the ball from Blissett who did superbly to power at goal, before rounding Lovelock and finding the net.

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