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Posted Sat 15 Oct 16 at 16:45 PM

Report: Super six again for Harriers

HARRIERS hit six goals for the third time this season to motor into the First Round of the FA Cup as they dismantled Weymouth 6-0 at Aggborough.

Though you can barely have faulted the attitude of Harriers players this season, the squad will have been keen to avoid a repeat of their last first half against lower-division opposition that saw them behind at Lancaster City.

To ensure that happened, the reds needed and got a fast start - rapid corners forced in quick succession bringing a brace of chances as Mani Dieseruvwe headed against the bar and Jordan Tunnicliffe thumped a nod just wide of the top corner.

Harriers then unfortunately lost the services of Elton Ngwatala through injury, a series of stoppages surrounding his departure only served to disrupt the momentum of the home side and the general flow of the game.

After the half hour, Harriers did finally establish a lead and it was a fine move indeed; Francis-Angol and Arthur Gnahoua combining to set-up Dieseruvwe who turned smartly on the edge of the area before firing low and hard into Dan Thomas's bottom corner.

In truth, even before the goal Harriers had been in total control of the half and, by its end they had established a three-goal lead without seriously been tested at all at the other end. 

For 2-0, a nice moment for Jordan Tunnicliffe saw the defender notch his first ever goal for Harriers at the 41st attempt, he rose highest to get his head - or at least some of his face - to Gnahoua's corner to find the net.

Then, in first half stoppage time, substitute Liam Truslove, who does love a goal off the bench, found one in superb style. After McQuilkin had miss-kicked a shot from a corner, the ball fell to the former Blues youngster who bent it with the outside of his boot beyond Thomas and into the top corner.

There was little let up in the team's intensity after the break and it took just seven minutes for the reds to notch in the second period. 

Typically it was another smart move, fine industry from Waite and Francis-Angol seeing the ball played to Gnahoua via a Truslove step-over, the front man taking aim from 18 yards with Thomas beaten once more.

The fifth wasn't in a mood to wait, either - barely six minutes in fact as Aggborough rocked once more, Thomas rooted to the spot as Waite's quick feet and early, low finish finding the bottom corner, in off the post.

Waite would be responsible for number six with a little over a quarter of an hour to play; he again charged on goal with excited abandon and lifted a fantastic shot over the goalkeeper and into his bottom corner.

There was a fine moment for Harriers inside the last ten minutes as boss John Eustace handed a first senior appearance for Academy midfielder Mitch Evans off the bench.

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