HARRIERS put in a controlled performance to pick up a deserved 2-0 victory at Nuneaton Town.
If Harriers were looking to summon the memories of their opening away game of the season ahead of this match, it certainly appeared to work early on.
While there was no sign that the reds were running rampant over Nuneaton, they certainly controlled the opening stages enough to ensure the sixth-minute lead they took was fully deserved.
It owed much in part to the work of Tyrell Waite who tangled the feet of two defenders inside the area before seeing his shot blocked - James McQuilkin following up on the loose ball to arrow it past a crowd of bodies and into the net off the inside of the post.
While the home side responded with a shot from David Morgan that needed tipping round the post, Mani Dieseruvwe went close to doubling the reds' lead with less than 20 on the clock as he let fly from distance, the ball just whizzing past the angle of bar and post.
McQuilkin almost added to his tally near the half-hour mark as he connected well with a driven, grounded cross from Francis-Angol but at the death, stopper Burton stuck out his left boot to deny him and keep the score at one.
Before the break it would be 2-0 as Harriers rounded off a half that they totally dominated - Gnahoua's corner turned home by Dieseruvwe as he reacted quickest at close range.
Harriers started the second period rapidly and inside the first four minutes of the half Ty Waite might well have grabbed himself a brace after mazy runs inside the Nuneaton defence - one of his shots rising just over the bar and another into the side netting.
Only another fantastic save from Burton kept out Gnahoua's drive moments later and, into the last third of the game, McQuilkin came close with a well-taken drive that beat Burton all ends up but also whistled just past the post.
Though Harriers were in total control for much of the game, Nuneaton were certainly brighter after the break and with a little over a quarter-hour to go, they went close to getting one back after a surging run from defender Clifton saw Hornby tip his shot wide of the target.