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Posted Tue 25 Feb 14 at 21:30 PM

REPORT: REDS SEND CARDS PACKING

Harriers got themselves back to winning ways with a thoroughly-deserved 2-0 win over Woking at Aggborough - a margin that might well have been much greater indeed.

After a day in which frustration largely ruled the land of Aggborough on Saturday, there was real relief and excitement as Harriers broke the deadlock in the very first minute; netting with a fine team move that finished as Adrian Cieslewicz crossed expertly to the feet of Amari Morgan-Smith who slotted home for his third in two games.

Around the 20-minute mark there were two key chances in the game - it could have been either 1-1 or 2-0 to Harriers and yet it remained at just 1-0; first a fine piece of control saw Jack Marriott played in on goal before sending an audacious attempt just off target and, just after, his goalkeeper Aaron Howe made a super save to deny Jack Byrne at the other end as he looked to lift one over him from 10 yards.

Nathan Vaughan showed good hands to keep hold of a curling effort from Josh Payne after 28 minutes while, seven minutes later good work from Anthony Malbon and Cieslewicz won a free-kick that Kyle Storer drove dangerously under the nose of Howe before it was cleared.

Two before the beak Harriers again went close to a second as Jack Byrne and Malbon both contributed well before supplying Cieslewicz who struck a firm shot at Howe that the custodian did well to get down and parry.

Woking started the second half brightly and forced Vaughan into a strong clearance to deny Kevin Betsy before, near the hour  mark, AMS took aim with a good free-kick that just wouldn't come down quickly enough on its way over the bar.

On 68 minutes the home side's lead was doubled thanks to the boot of skipper Kyle Storer, the midfielder driving a free-kick from just outside of the area superbly around the wall and past the grasp of Howe and into the bottom corner.

Around ten minutes later the visitors almost had a goal back but just as Payne drove from distance towards the target, Vaughan was equal to it by not only keeping out that shot but also the follow-up from Rendell.

Four minutes later AMS almost had his second and his team's third only for his low shot to be kept out by Howe who again outdid himself with an excellent stop but, not content at that, then repeated the trick twice more in quick succession to somehow keep Cieslewicz at bay as the winger tried two close-range effort.

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