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Verdict: Gardiner on Leamington win

Reflections on Tuesday’s 2-0 win….



MATT GARDINER was pleased to see Harriers get ‘over the line’ against a dogged and determined Leamington side on Tuesday night.

Two second-half goals from the reds saw then pick up a 2-0 win – a first home success of the term.

It was an exercise in patience at times, with the visitors determined to frustrate.

The fact that Harriers managed to edge past this test to pick up a second consecutive victory was hugely satisfying for Gardiner.

He reflected on the game, saying: “We thought they were well organised – it’s an experienced manager and a good group of players.

“You can see the experience they’ve got and it was always going to be difficult to break them down and we knew we’d have to be patient.

“Eventually we got over the line.”

The likes of Joel Taylor, Elton Ngwatala and Dan Bradley again impressed for the hosts.

…it was always going to be difficult to break them down and we knew we’d have to be patient… Matt Gardiner

Two of the trio were withdrawn before the close of play as Harriers look to manage them up to peak match fitness in the absence of a full pre-season.

Gardiner added: “We can see we looked a bit leggy tonight but we’ve got four or five players who haven’t had a pre-season.

“You can see they aren’t quite firing yet but it’s something we’re trying to manage; both the games programme and bringing them up because they’re obviously short of fitness.

“But the lads dug in, we got a clean sheet and two goals so everyone was happy.”


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