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Posted Sat 24 Oct 15 at 16:45 PM

Stourbridge 3-0 Harriers - The Report

Harriers suffered their heaviest defeat of the season on Saturday as they were thumped 3-0 at Stourbridge to exit the FA Cup at the first hurdle.

After a fine build-up to the game and, backed by some fantastic away support, Harriers started the game quickly but were deal the very worst of early blows with less than six on the clock.

A corner ball looked to have been well dealt with courtesy of a strong header but, once recycled, the ball back in to the area caused momentary panic - Matt Dodd's shot, straight at Palmer, looked to have been dealt with, only for the ball to squirm out of the goalkeeper's grasp and in to the net.

Things got no better for Harriers - they registered barely a sniff at Lewis Solly's goal before they found themselves two goals behind; a poor show from a free-kick delivery that saw Justin Richards nod a simple header in at the far post with no yellow shirt around him.

Soon after, Harriers did at least register a chance when Stuart Pierpoint cleared Zaine Francis-Angol's shot off the line, but the only real openings continued to appear at the opposite end - a Broadhurst free-kick being tipped over the bar and, past the half-hour, Kyle Hawley's neat header being nudged away for a corner.

The second half didn't start any better; six minutes in to it, Stourbridge found a third after robbing the ball from the visitors in the middle of the park - Chris Lait took it and strode forward unopposed before firing an effort past Palmer and in to the bottom corner.

That halted any potential comeback before it could even be considered - Harriers offering precious little in the final third and, by contrast, Stourbridge almost adding further goals as Boradhurst and Richards both curled efforts off target.

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