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Posted Sat 06 Aug 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Reds win big on day one

A demolition job of a first half saw Harriers storm to huge 6-1 win at Curzon Ashton on the first day of the league season on Saturday.

Harriers took the field entering something of the unknown as they began life in a new division, but the style with which they took the game by the scruff of the neck will have been enough to settle any nerves.

Within seven minutes they had the lead, a strong run by Francis-Angol setting Arthur Gnahoua on his way, beating all in front of him on his way to the by-line where he crossed back across to Elton Ngwatala who planted a header into the net.

The Frenchman was denied a second with a similar header five minutes later as Hakan Burton got a great pair of hands to that attempt, but the doubling of that advantage would duly follow just a couple of further minutes on as a fine James McQuilkin delivery was headed home by debutant striker Mani Dieseruvwe. 

Curzon really struggled to get to grips with Harriers going  forward and, in truth, it was attack v defence for a good period once the reds opened the scoring and their third goal arrived just as we edged past the midway point of the opening half; Ashley Carter advancing on goal and driving firmly from more than 20 yards with an arrowed shot that beat Burton all ends up and found his bottom corner.

Harriers really showed no signs of easing off and, just over ten minutes before the break they added a fourth as Ngwatala picked up on a loose ball and threaded through Gnahoua with a simply sublime pass; the former Macclesfield man drawing out Burton before slotting the ball past him with alarming accuracy. 

Curzon did go close to pulling a goal back soon after when Naill Cummins blazed a shot off target, the visitors then making them pay for it with an astonishing fifth; Ngwatala involved again as he played in Gnahoua once more - he rounded Burton who caught him on the way through, the Harriers man able to keep his feet to fire into the back of an empty net.

The second period was always going to take some topping but, from the off, Harriers set about ensuring  there was no loss of tempo and, with his first touch, sub Rob Stambolziev almost found the top corner with a free kick that sailed just wide. 

Dieseruvwe and Ngwatala both then found Burton in good form before the hour as they looked for more goals, the team made to wait until the final 20 minutes for a sixth when substitute Liam Truslove turned beautifully on the edge of the area before firing an angled drive past Burton and, once again, into the bottom corner.

Joy turned to a little disappointment a few moments later when Harriers got their clean sheet dirtied - Curzon registering a goal as a deep cross was whipped into the box and headed home smartly by Joe Guest.

Harriers still looked to pick off the hosts and create late, further chances and Waite's strong, angled run almost brought about a seventh goal, only for a brave bit of goalkeeping from Burton to deny him as he blocked the ball on to the post. 

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