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Posted Sat 01 Oct 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: 'Dre brace sees Harriers through

A BRACE from Andre Brown on his first start for the club helped place Harriers into the final qualifying stage of the Emirates FA Cup thanks to a 3-2 win at Lancaster.

In its first moments this was a typical FA Cup tie. 

Harriers remained patient and tried to probe their opposition, with Lancaster staying on edge and keen not to make an early mistake.

There were few early chances and Ngwatala spurned one of those with a driven shot over the bar from a corner, but with 20 minutes played John Eustace's side did establish a lead.

It was from another corner and, after the ball had been pulled back, Ngwatala again tried to drive one home only for the ball to hit Brown and, rather than being a bystander, the youngster turned on it and tucked it into the net for his second goal in as many games.

The lead wasn't long in lasting, though. 

Lancaster hit back less than four minutes later and, after Harriers had been caught on the ball in midfield, they worked the ball quickly into the area where Connerton and Myers exchanged players before Connerton, City's leading scorer, did the job from close range.

If Harriers fans had hoped for a response from that, they got it. 

As the half-hour mark came and went, only superb goalkeeping exploits from Mike Hale kept the scores level as he was down and up again in a heartbeat to produce an excellent double save to thwart McQuilkin's advances after he'd been played through on goal.

Having worked plenty of intricate opportunities, Harriers tried something with a little more distance with a few minutes to go until the break but, again, Hale was on hand to turn a Gnahoua shot around the post.

Lancaster completed a turnaround and took the lead in first half injury time and it was a goal worthy of a plaudit or two; there was only a crowd of bodies ahead of Billy Akrigg as he looked up, 35 yards from the target, but that didn't matter as he lashed one with real venom before watch it clatter the woodwork and land inside Sam Hornby's net.

Harriers were out early after halftime and quickly set about trying to level things up - they had a chance to do so with barely a minute played having won a corner, but a well-timed header from Tunnicliffe went just over the target.

The equaliser did come, however, just moments later; good play and a drilled ball from McQuilkin driving across the goalkeeper to Brown, who was on hand to convert for his second of the day.

Sensing a little blood, the visitors swiftly retook the lead by hitting Lancaster with a second goal in three minutes; superb play again on the break as Gnahoua combined with McQuilkin to play in Waite who, ala Liam Truslove at Alfreton, lashed across goal and found the net for his third goal of the season.

Past the hour, Harriers made their first change in introducing Sam Austin and he almost made it 4-2 with his first touch, staying alert as the ball fell to him in an advanced position with just the goalkeeper to beat, the former Burton man lifting the ball over him but hitting the woodwork.

There was plenty of time to play from there, but in truth it served to be the final real chance of the day as a tiring Lancaster side struggle to muster the bluster to really pile on a spell of pressure, a late, late sight of goal from Akrigg going handsomely over the bar.

After that, McQuilkin could have eased one or two nerves in injury time as a counter saw him played in on the cross by Austin but, from just a few yards, Hale kept his feet alert to block the ball at his near post.

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