HARRIERS produced a complete performance to thump Nuneaton Town 4-0 at Aggborough and brush aside one of the division’s in-form sides.
The start to the game was played at a frantic pace – Harriers trying to get a passing game going while Nuneaton pressed hard to stop that happening and force some openings of their own.
Inside the first quarter of an hour it was the hosts with the first serious chances of the day – first, Darryl Knights stretched to meet a corner delivery with a shot that hit the post, before Andre Brown, a couple of minutes later, did well to get beyond his man and shoot low at the far post where Christian Dibble was on hand to make a good save.
Dibble almost undid that good work moments later when his poor pass was pick up on by Gnahoua – though the striker’s shot as he advanced on goal was over the bar. Brown was then in the thick of things again as he reached the end of a McQuilkin cross, forcing a shot wide – as did Knights on 28 minutes as he tried to follow up on a Josh Ezewele effort.
With just a little over ten to go until the break, Harriers made their breakthrough and it was perhaps no surprise that it was Brown who got it; picking up the ball at a corner before holding it and turning, firing an effort past a crowd of bodies and into the top corner.
Five minutes later it was almost two; McQuilkin taking range from 20 yards and beating Dibble with a shot that cannoned off the angle of bar and post.
Up at the other end, Nuneaton had their first sight of goal with just two minutes to play in the half, Nicholson picking up on a stray pass and driving accurately at Palmer, the Harriers stopper doing well to get a strong hand to it and beat it away.
Dibble was kept busy with half chances from Jordan Tunnicliffe and Ty Williams early in the second half, and just after he was beaten by Ngwatala’s low, distance drive that thumped the inside of the post and bounced away to McQuilkin re-worked it into the area, a cross headed over by Brown.
Past the hour, Tunnicliffe deflected behind an Ironside shot as the visitors tried to level, but Harriers had their second goal thanks to an individual piece of magic from Ngwatala – he charged half the length of the field, jinxing past many a challenge before firing in a great low finish into the bottom corner.
And yet just minutes later, with 77 on the clock, Nuneaton could and perhaps should have pulled themselves a goal back, only for Nicholson to bend his low, arrowed finish just beyond the far post with Palmer on the dive.
They were made to pay for not reducing the arrears with that chance; Harriers strode forward again and struck a third through Croasdale – he robbed the ball on the edge of the area and held it superbly before firing it on the angle past the dive of Dibble.
Elton wasn’t done, though – the Harriers man made sure he had the final say to cap a great performance as he put the ball in, almost from under the bar, as Dieseruvwe nodded a header off the upright.