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Posted Sat 27 Sep 14 at 18:25 PM


Harriers withstood a dramatic finale to bounce back from last week’s late defeat to Grimsby and claim all three points at Kingfield Stadium.

Goals from Reece Styche, Michael Gash and Kyle Storer, all claiming their second of the season, sealed victory for Harriers, but they were made to work hard as the Cards hit back through Scott Rendell before Jack Marriott headed home late on.

In breaking Woking’s unbeaten home record, Harriers moved into eighth, level on points with today’s opponents who started the afternoon fourth.

Aman Verma made his seventh start of the season in place of the injured Jamie Grimes in Gary Whild’s only alteration to the side that lost to the Mariners.

Following two consecutive away defeats, Woking made two changes as Marriott, who re-signed on loan during the week, and Keiran Murtagh replaced Giuseppe Sole and Adam Newton.

Styche broke the deadlock for Harriers after 21 minutes, in the first of two superbly-worked set pieces.

From a long Jared Hodgkiss throw-in, Gash rose highest in the box to head across to the waiting Styche, who hit a smart half-volley from a few yards out past Cards ‘keeper Ross Worner to silence the hosts.

Just four minutes later, a foul on Styche earned Harriers the chance to double their lead - which they duly took.

Kevin Nicholson’s right-sided free-kick was swept across the edge of the box and, while red and white shirts rushed forward as they second-guessed the set piece, Gash was left unmarked to drill home.

And, to mark a whirlwind eight-minute period, Storer provided Harriers with a three-goal advantage to take into the interval after his effort from around 20 yards out was deflected past Worner to ripple the back of the net.

Woking had started brightly, as Rendell scuffed a shot into Danny Lewis’ arms inside the first minute, before Josh Payne fizzed a left-sided volley over the bar.

The hosts should have taken the lead after 12 minutes when, through a well-worked counter-attack, Marriott broke down the right and sent a low pass across the penalty area .

With Rendell storming into the box to meet it, it looked like a certain goal - but the ball instead flashed inches past the striker’s boots.

But Styche’s goal rejuvenated Harriers and in truth, they could have entered the interval with a greater advantage.

At 2-0, Marvin Johnson’s effort required quick reactions from Worner to make the stop, before the winger’s storming break found Gash on the left, only for the hosts to intercept his pass to Styche.

A wounded Woking side, hurting and hungry, emerged in the second half and within four minutes they’d pulled one back.

It had been coming for the Cards, who had threatened through Dean Morgan and John Goddard just minutes before finding the net.

Rendell scored his eighth goal of the season with a firm header from Chris Arthur’s cross from the left to give them all the incentive they needed to step up the pace.

And an 87th-minute header by Marriott from substitute Newton’s cross set up an unbelievably nervous finish - extended by six minutes of injury time.

Fortunately for Harriers, the back four were in fine form, clearing a last-gasp corner off the line while the likes of Chey Dunkley put in solid blocks to deny the Cards as they peppered Harriers’ penalty area.

Lewis, too, was tremendous as he leapt to punch a cross clear before making an incredible save minutes later to deflect a close-range strike onto the post - just seconds before the final whistle was blown.

It was an action-packed second-half which saw a Rendell effort disallowed for handball and Gash hit the crossbar with a header from a corner and, as the chaos ensued late on, Harriers remained resilient to hold onto an important victory.

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