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Harriers 4 Altrincham 0

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Date: 16-09-14gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 1451gif away fans: 90
Michael Gash starts for Harriers and scores

gif Report by Phil Lench
The Harriers got back into winning ways in style tonight with this emphatic 4-0 win over struggling Altrincham.  Michael Gash made his first, overdue, start for the Reds and celebrated that start with a fine, well taken goal.  Further goals from Craig Reid, Marvin Johnson and a late goal from substitute Reece Styche completed the scoring after a spell of good chances going begging that could have given us an even larger scoreline.

We started the game with a surprise omission and an equally surprising start for a young rookie player.  Left back Jared Hodgkiss reported in injured so Jake Green took his place to make his debut for the Harriers.  Jamie Grimes, who many thought could have replaced Hodgkiss, came back into the side in place of Aman Verma and took up the midfield rôle behind the two strikers.

Altrincham turned up with a full complement of ex Harriers with Jake Moult, Tom Marshall and James Lawrie starting the game and Mike Williams as an unused sub.

The game started with the Harriers heading the wrong way towards the ninety or so Altrincham fans down to follow their side.  Never a good sign for us to kick that way because the last time we did that we went 2-0 up to Chester and then threw it all way in a chaotic second half.  Tonight proved that theory wrong.

We started off at a pace but as is usual our passing was a bit skewif.  It may have been nerves but there was no excuse for the one pass from Kyle Storer to Marvin Johnson that flew over the East Stand.  We soon settled down though and waited for the first goal to arrive.

That should have gone to the visitors with Kyle Perry going close in the eleventh minute when he forced Danny Lewis into a stunning save as he flew across the goal to push the ball off the line.  It took until the thirty second minute for us to show something of the same ilk.

Out of no where Grimes hit a drive that left the upright vibrating for thirty seconds after his shot crashed against it.  Five minutes later and the lead had been gained and never given back.

That went to Michael Gash on his return to the starting eleven after being relegated to the bench all season so far.  Craig Reid played him in with a deft short pass and with an almost open goal at his mercy Gash was never going to spurn the chance and fired home strongly.  Reid himself got on the score sheet two minutes later after Marvin Johnson almost scored with a cross that was pushed away by the Alty keeper, David Parton, towards Reid.  He made no mistake in firing the ball back in and into the net to put the Harriers two up.

We went into the break with a healthy lead and either the promise of more to come or the possibility of sitting back on our lead and letting Alty break us down.  Thankfully it was the former thought.
  HT: 2 - 0
The second period started off at a pace once more but this time a niggle or two started to creep in.  Kyle Storer had been booked towards the end of the first half for a bad foul and then a retaliation that could have been given as red by any other referee.  That continued in this half when Simon Richman, also booked in the first half, went in far too strong on Josh Gowling and left him landing on his back clutching his leg in agony.  The ref had no option but to send the number eight off.

More niggly fouls followed and the game began to deteriorate into something approaching a farce with players getting fouled off the ball, Jake Green for Harriers and James Lawrie for Altrincham.  Luckily the players began to see sense and football took over once more.

Danny Lewis made a good save from Jake Moult and then Aman Verma, on for Storer, sent a shot narrowly wide of the target.  The third goal came soon after.

Reece Styche, on earlier for Craig Reid, slipped the ball across to Verma who then played in Johnson to fire in a great shot into the top corner of Partons net.  With the Reds now 3-0 up it was either go fro more goals or sit back and take it easy.  Sorry to say that this time that's what happened but the visitors didn't look likely to score now and the stuffing had been knocked out of them.  We just passed the ball around and waited for the whistle to go in twenty minutes time.

In the dying minutes of the game Styche got his first goal for the club after arriving here from Forest Green with a reputation of being a striker.  We hadn't seen much of that in his subs appearances so far for us but tonight he rifled home a good strike after Kevin Nicholson played him through.

The result was slightly flattering to us but at the same time we could, and should, have scored more.  Three times I saw chances go begging through poor decision making that a team like Grimsby would have punished us for.  Speaking of whom that's who we play at Aggborough next.

I feel slightly more hopeful of getting a result from that game that I did after last week.
  FT: 4 - 0

 Goals for Harriers: Gash 37, Reid 40, Johnson 72, Styche 90


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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Altrincham  goals   subs   cards 
Lewis     Parton  
Green     Marshall  
Nicholson     Griffin gif  
Storer gif   Moult
Gowling     Havern  
Dunkley     Leather  
Byrne   Lawrie gif  
Johnson gif     Richman
Gash gif gif     Cavanagh  
Reid gif gif     Reeves gif  
Grimes     Perry  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Singh     Coburn  
Styche gif gif - 58     Gillespie gif - 71  
Blissett     Clee gif - 66  
Obeng gif - 77     M Williams  
Verma gif - 63     Wilkinson gif - 77  

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