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Report: Harriers thump Southport

Cracking away win for reds…



Will Longbottom

HARRIERS put in one of their showings of the season to see off highly-fancied Southport 3-0 on Saturday.

After withstanding some pressure at the start of the game, Harriers were good value for a lead at the break thanks to Will Longbottom’s first goal for the club.

Longbottom turned supplier for Andre Brown seven after the break to make it 2-0, Brown doing things all on his own in the final three minutes as his superb solo effort, curling into the top corner, sealed the points.

Southport had started the day the brighter of the two teams, and ought to have taken the lead through a header from Curtis Jones that landed wide of the target.

Longbottom’s 26th minute goal, as he stabbed home from a corner, was the visitors’ first serious chance of the day but certainly wasn’t their last – home goalkeeper Mark Halstead did well to keep out a second for the on-loan youngster, a low save with his feet to spurn a shot, after Declan Weeks had also seen a free-kick parried.

It was a strong end to the half for Harriers and an even brighter beginning to the second, the second goal arriving as Longbottom stole the ball at the by-line before pulling it back for Brown who swept it into the net.

Home chances were becoming more rare – Lee Croft seeing on effort held before Sonupe and then, latterly, Andre Wright went close as John Eustace’s men battled for a third, a goal that duly arrived courtesy of Brown as he curled an effort into the top corner on the break.

As always, get full match line-ups, stats and more at The Match Centre.


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