Jonny Harkness scored his third goal in two games, since being recalled to the side, to provide the Harriers with their second win in a row. In addition to that we had James Constable and Iyseden Christie to thank for the win against an Altrincham side who were determined not to give up without a fight.
Full marks also to our visitors for showing us that they will not be a team struggling at the bottom for too long and for playing their part in providing a game full of heart stopping moments.
The Harriers manager, Mark Yates, decided to go with the same line-up that started against Gravesend last week and left out the now fit again Stuart Whitehead in favour of Harkness. It made sense not to aggravate Whiteheads injury further by bringing him back too early.
Although this game ended with five goals hitting the back of the net we could have seen a far higher scoreline if both sides had done more with their chances. The Harriers were probably more guilty in this department with Christie in particular missing a bag full because the ball was on his wrong foot and he couldn't exchange to the other foot quickly enough.
The first goal, going Altrinchams way, came just prior to the half hour mark and also totally against the run of play. The ball broke from a Harriers attack and the play swept into the corner of the field where Lewis Chalmers fed Colin Little with the ball for him to advance on goal and side foot the ball past Scott Bevan in the Reds goal.
The lead wasn't going to last long because the Harriers went on the hunt for the equalising goal straight away. Jeff Kenna sent a cross over that was flicked on by Christie for James Constable to send a looping header over Coburns head and into the back of the net.
More rip roaring action followed and that was only halted for some lengthy treatment to the injured Stephen Rose after he appeared to pull a muscle in his leg.
Minutes before the break Iyseden Christie surged past Gary Scott into the box, rode the tackle, but then kind of crashed into Peter Band and fell to the floor. No one thought much about it but then to everyone's surprise the referee pointed to the spot.
Christie is not one to spurn a free gift and placed the ball on the spot, walked back, walked up and blasted it into the net.
We could have been further in front a minute later if Simon Russell's shot from a Constable through ball had been converted. Coburn did well to save it though.