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Posted Tue 14 Jan 14 at 21:30 PM


Harriers made it through to Round Four of the FA Cup with Budweiser thanks to a simply superb performance that saw them win at Peterborough 3-2 at London Road. 

There were very few chances inside a tight first quarter of an hour though Danny Lewis between the sticks for Harriers twice needed to brave at the feet of Britt Assombalonga to keep the Posh hit-man at bay; Lee Fowler having an early sight of goal for the visitors as he snatched wide a couple of minutes later. 

There was a chance at either end around 20 minutes gone as, first, Joe Lolley hit an effort into the ground before seeing it held by goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik - before Shaun Jeffers, for the Posh, flashed a header wide of the goal up at the other end.

On 24 minutes the home side broke the deadlock; fortuitously perhaps but it mattered not as a sweeping Danny Kearns cross was nodded in by Tommy Rowe, off a combination of the woodwork and a couple of bodies.

A dozen minutes later Harriers almost had the ball in the back of the net for an equaliser with their best spell of the game to that point, it ended as Michael Gash set in Amari Morgan-Smith on goal though the striker's effort from 12 yards was straight at Olejnik who held well.

At the start of the second half Harriers well and truly turned the game on its head with a heart-stopping double-goal salvo; netting twice in four minutes as, first, Michael Gash superbly powered home a header from a delightful Danny Jackman cross before Lolley, on the counter, raced forward and slipped a great pass into Jack Byrne who took one touch before firing a fine finish past Olejnik and into the far corner.

Posh weren't too stunned - in between the two goals they themselves hit the post through Mark Little's low shot, furious boss Darren Ferguson having made all three changes inside an hour. 

The hosts continued to press and Harriers were forced into some crucial defending without ever being too frantic, Lewis making a good stop on 71 minutes to keep out Jack Payne's effort followed by Jeffers' long-ranger.

The game then exploded into life with two more goals! Within a flash Harriers would be 3-2 up but first it would be the Posh who levelled from the penalty spot, Assombalonga picking himself up after being fouled in the area to dispatch the spot kick.

But then there was Joe Lolley. What a boy. There didn't even seem to be that much 'on' for him as he took the ball from distance and on the angle but the driven finish was so accurate that it beat Olejnik all ends up and fizzed into the back of the net. Madness!

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