Croasdale 55; Ironside 60; Waring 76; Ngwatala 78
- Croasdale nets opener
- Ironside and Waring on target
- Ngwatala also grabs goal
- United finish with ten men
HARRIERS powered four goals past FC United of Manchester at Aggborough to record a 4-0 victory.
The home side controlled the game from the off and, for all their dominance in the first half, just needed to find a cutting after the interval.
They did so in style in the second half with goals from Ryan Croasdale, Joe Ironside, George Waring and Elton Ngwatala - United finishing the game with ten men after Zac Corbett shown red midway through the second period.
In truth the second-half showing got what it deserved, though Harriers were just as assured in their control of the game in the first 45 - Jimmy O'Connor curling a shot wide after McQuilkin twice did the same.
Those chances had actually come after United had gone close with the night's first chance; McCarthy striding forward and shooting - Hall equal to it in goal as he got down to hold.
Harriers upped the tempo even further following the restart and were head on 55 minutes after Croasdale's well-timed run earned him a far post finish, the second goal following just five minutes later as Ironside strode on to Sonupe's delivery to find the net.
Eight minutes later, Corbett was off for lashing out at McQuilkin near the touch line - United seemingly boosted for a moment as Greaves had the ball in the net only to be denied by an off side flag.
On 76 minutes Harriers made it 3-0 as a sublime cross from Vaughan found debutant sub striker Waring, whose looping header soared into the back of the net. Just two minutes later, Ngwatala's great one-touch finish off Taylor's blocked shot saw the team register a fourth.
Wright and the tireless Austin went close to adding further goals in the dying minutes as Harriers saw out the win.
FC United Of Manchester
HARRIERS entertain a resurgent FC United of Manchester side at Aggborough on Tuesday night with both teams looking for National League North points.
United struggled for much of the first half the season, eventually parting ways with long-serving manager Karl Marginson after their form threatened to see them pulled into a relegation scrap.
But player-boss Tom Greaves has taken up the reins and appears to have overseen something of a dramatic turnaround.
United are, for example, without defeat in the league since last November – an impressive run of form that’s seen them sweep aside title-chasing duo Harrogate Town and Salford City – taking four points from the latter.
They come to Aggborough in good spirits after this past weekend – while Harriers were left frustrated and kicking their heels after the postponement of the game at Curzon Ashton, United picked up a fine point against Blyth Spartans in a 1-1 draw.
Speaking in Tuesday’s match day programme, boss John Eustace said: “Tom Greaves has done a great job there since getting the managerial position, and to combine that role while still playing and still doing such an important role on the pitch is tremendously difficult.
“Tom Greaves has done a great job there since getting the managerial position..." John Eustace on FC United
“They are a team who will come with a lot of confidence tonight after picking up a very good point at Blyth Spartans at the weekend and they’ll want to carry that into this evening’s game.
“It’s up to us to make sure we are ready for that challenge.”
With no game this past weekend and an enforced period of ‘rest’, it’s hoped the squad may benefit with numbers being badly hampered through illness and injury recent weeks.
James McQuilkin, Joel Taylor and Elton Ngwatala were all ruled out of the FA Trophy replay at Stockport County a week ago tonight, and its hoped at least some of them will be able to play some part in this game.
Kick-off at Aggborough on Tuesday night is at 7:45pm.
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