The Harriers climbed the table further to reach second place today as they comfortably saw off Alfreton Town 3-1 on a chilly afternoon at Aggborough.
The only change in the squad was in midfield as Danny Jackman replaced Danny Pilkington while Ricky Shakes continued his run at right back in Lee Vaughan's absence through injury.
It was a perfect start for the Harriers after loanee Amari Morgan-Smith fired home with but a minute on the clock. A ball was hit over the top and after Anthony Malbon initially couldn't control, Morgan Smith took it from him and flicked the ball over the defender before powering home for the Reds.
The Harriers controlled the game for the opening minutes yet Alfreton slowly grew into the game. They managed to threaten the Harriers keeper Danny Lewis through Paul Clayton, but the stopper did well to keep the score at one-nil.
Despite this minor setback the Harriers pushed on to double the lead. Marvin Johnson first shooting over as he volleyed, coming off the flank, something the wide-man did frequently to obtain possession in the dangerous areas.
Around the twenty-five minute mark the Harriers centre backs almost combined to score a second Reds goal. Josh Gowling headed the ball across goal after he benefited from a goal mouth pinball session following a corner. The ball almost fell to his partner Cheyenne Dunkley at the back post, but he couldn't convert the chance.
After half an hour it was Alfreton who got the games next goal though. Ex-Red Dan Bradley capitalised from his teams counter attack as he crossed in towards Ben Tomlinson. The Alfreton forward beat his man and headed the ball past Lewis to level the scores.
The visitors weren't level for long though as Gowling hit the Harriers second goal. Kyle Storer took an in swinging free kick which was met by Gowling on the edge of the six yard box. The centre back hit his free header past the Alfreton 'keeper Barnes, who could only watch the effort fly past him after he injured himself moments before. The keeper had been injured earlier in the game and wouldn't return for the second half.
The Harriers tried to pile more misery on the 'keeper through James Vincent. Good work down the Harriers left saw a cross into Malbon in a central position who knocked it down to Vincent. He did well to run on to the ball, but his shot cleared the south stand.
Just before half time though, the Harriers did get the fourth goal of the match. Marvin Johnson had a powerful run down the left and he crossed it towards the back post. Waiting there was poacher Malbon who continued his scoring run to tap home and join Rowe as the top scorer for the Reds this term.