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Report: Harriers secure play-off spot

Three big more points for Harriers with victory at Aggborough….



Elton Ngwatala

HARRIERS confirmed their place in the play-offs with a routine and professional 2-0 win over Tamworth at Aggborough.

Second half goals from Joe Ironside and Elton Ngwatala were enough to secure a victory against a battling Tamworth side who had started the game brightly.

Verma, Kettle and Knights had all had half sniffs of goal for the Lambs before a big save from Brandon Hall, on nine minutes, denied Darryl Knights.

Harriers did edge more into the game after that and, around the half-hour mark, Austin forcing a save with a shot that was tipped over and Sonupé going close after latching on to an Ngwatala pass.

Two fine saves from Hall past the 36th minute kept Harriers at parity as he thwarted Angus down low, and a Luke Jones header with a tip over the target, and that allowed the home side to build some momentum of their own. From there, they finished strongly with Croasdale forcing a near-post save from Stevens before Austin again struck over after a strong run.

Straight after the restart O’Connor almost netted in sensational style after chesting the ball down in the area and firing at Stevens, before Tamworth’s Verma planted a header over just shy of the hour.

The reds stole ahead in ruthless fashion with two goals in three minutes. First, Sonupé’s ball was met by Croasdale at the near post and turned beyond Stevens by Ironside, before Ngwatala turned sharply in the area to fire into the net on his 100th appearance for the club.

Yet a minute later, Tamworth ought to have pulled one back when they had a brace of key chances – Horsfall on hand to clear away after Angus looked to shoot, and Hall again doing superbly to smother an effort from sub Asante.

The visitors tried with final flurries through Verma and others to reduce the deficit, but Harriers held on to comfortably see out the win, with sub Brown having a sight of goal up at the other end, Stevens saving in the final minute.

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