Reports: Harriers dispatch Spartans

Harriers pick up another important three points with win over Blyth…

Ashley Chambers netted for Harriers against Blyth (c) Paul France

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HARRIERS were worthy 3-1 winners over Blyth Spartans at Aggborough on Saturday afternoon…

Ashley Chambers netted a fantastic fourth of the term to get things underway before Fraser Horsfall made it 2-0.

Blyth pulled a goal back but never looked like snatching anything on a day that ended in the home side’s favour thanks to a fine team goal, finished off by Ed Williams.

Harriers were dominant once again for large spells of this game – although they only had  Weeks effort over the bar to show for it, the first ten minutes was entirely one-sided, Ironside blazing over not long after. Blyth did have their openings – the best of which seeing Maguire fire wide before Buddle headed the ball on to the bar, all before the 20 minute mark.

Chambers was a constant threat on the day and he hit wide on 23 minutes before Daniels hit right at goalkeeper Jameson; Weeks then advancing past the half-hour as he turned free to bend a shot down low, but just past the post.

The lead, when it came, was deserved – 37 on the clock as Taylor strode forwards on a sublime Daniels pass; the full-back’s cross deflected up into  the air as it floated above the area. Chambers watched it down with composure and, first time, bend a calm, precise shot beyond Jameson and into his net.

Six minutes later it was two; the ball blocked in the area twice as Chambers and Ironside had snatches at it before it fell to Forsfall who firmly drove it into the net for his second of the season.

Three before the hour, Rivers got the visitors back into the game. Just moments after a what looked to be a costly miss for Reid, his team mate Rivers pounced at the by-line before driving firmly across goal, Horsfall instinctively hitting out at it, unwittingly forcing it into the back of the net.

On 68 minutes, Dale will want to have done better at the far post as he stretched to meet  cross, eventually only being able to skew the ball over – Harriers’ two-goal lead restored two minutes later as Vaughan’s pass, with surgical position, found Williams who slotted a cool finish past Jameson.

Eight minutes later, Rivers saw a shot held well by Brandon Hall, before up at the other end, Weeks charged through the middle of the pack with Williams occupied; his driving run ending with a pass that Chambers ran on to before curling a good effort just past the far post.

Horsfall, though not needing to redeem himself for Blyth’s goal, duly did so in the final minute — getting back and hooking off the line as Rivers again looked to reduce the arrears.

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