Schiavi 53, Mooney 77
Brown 33; Sonupe 40, 44 (pen); Wright 69
- First half goals do the damage
- Sonupe at the double
- Hosts rally second half
- Reds deservedly through to Monday's draw
HARRIERS eased themselves into the next round of the Emirates FA Cup as they saw off in-form UCL Premier Division side Deeping Rangers 4-2.
The vast majority of the damage was done in the first half - and ten minutes in particular.
After digging in to the tie and staying solid, Harriers broke the deadlock on 33 minutes with a fine Andre Brown strike, swiftly followed before the interval by an Emmanuel Sonupe brace - the second of which came from the penalty spot.
Deeping netted with their first chance of the game after the break before sub Andre Wright smashed in the Harriers' fourth - a Mooney goal for the home side with 13 left to play acting largely as a consolation.
Though the Rangers goals acted as a scare in the second half, it would do Harriers a disservice to say they did anything other than dominated the very largest share of a dogged cup tie.
Harriers were professional from the off and, after getting the measure of their United Counties Premier Division opposition, they motored into a lead, starting with a sweet finish from Brown, latching on to Brown's sweeping delivery before giving the goalkeeper absolutely no chance as he found the top corner.
It got worse for Deeping as Harriers sensed blood, a perfect ball from Horsfall falling sweetly for Soupe who took the perfect first touch before chipping a finish over the goalkeeper and into the net.
The former Northampton man was back in the area four minutes later and being fouled for the penalty that he then stepped up to deal with, giving Bircham no chance with a low drive into the bottom corner.
Harriers had racked up over 15 attempts at goal by the break but with the hosts' first, the lead was reduced as Schiavi found the net from a corner.
John Eustace's men then dug in deep to ensure that there was no quick second - in fact they grabbed the next goal, a fourth, as Brown played in sub Wright who finished smartly past the dive of Bircham.
At 4-1, Harriers then just needed to see the game out which, despite Mooney's goal to snatch a second for the home side, they duly did - even going close to a fifth as Brown surged forward and forced Bircham into a low save.
HARRIERS look to start an Emirates FA Cup campaign on Saturday when they travel to Deeping Rangers (12:30pm ko).
The very first tie of the Second Qualifying Round is being streamed live on the BBC Sport website.
It represents, in their own words, the biggest game in Deeping’s club history –an illustration of the size of the task at hand for Harriers.
What’s more, Rangers come into the game in fine form in league and cup, while John Eustace’s men tussle for some consistency in National League North.
Ahead of the game we caught up with midfielder Declan Weeks for his thoughts.
The former Southport man knows attitudes must be spot on for the visitors as they approach a game that’s bona fide banana skin material.
“Any team you face in the FA Cup is going to be tough, whether it’s the league above or the league below,” he said.
“It’s eleven versus eleven but they’re going to be enthusiastic and it’s up to us to match that enthusiasm.
"With them being at home we’ll have to see out the pressure..." Declan Weeks
“We have to match what they throw at us and, hopefully, if we get our attitudes right then we can come through winners.
“With them being at home we’ll have to see out the pressure early on and get back to our usual game.”
Striker Joe Ironside will be keen for more minutes at Deeping tomorrow as he steps up his comeback from injury.
In other team news, boss Eustace already confirmed on Tuesday night that Dan Bradley will again be missing for the game at Deeping.
The former AFC Fylde man has struggled for fitness after signing for Harriers with very little pre-season training or match time under his belt.
He’s continuing to rehab a hamstring injury at present that isn’t in itself anything of serious concern, but Bradley will be one of many players to benefit from what will hopefully be a ‘free’ week next week, barring any Cup replay on Tuesday night.
Liam Truslove and Lee Vaughan remain absent with knee and leg injuries respectively. While a more in-depth catch-up on their recoveries will be on the way shortly, neither are expected back for some time yet.
New man James Pearson is available for a debut if selected.
Remember, tomorrow’s game is being screened live on BBC Sport on Saturday.
Supporters unable to make the trip to Deeping can view the match live on the BBC Sport website which is at www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football.
As long as you have a good connection you can view on desktop, laptop or any compatible device.
Most importantly – don’t forget tomorrow’s game kicks off at 12:30pm.
READ: More information on tomorrow’s opposition, Deeping Rangers, with our opposition guide.
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Dec Weeks pre-match
Andre Brown post-match
John Eustace post-match
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