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Kidderminster 3-1 Alfreton Town

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Kidderminster Harriers moved into second position in the Blue Square Bet Premier table with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Alfreton Town at the Aggborough Stadium on Saturday.

The tie was all but over at half-time thanks to Amari Morgan-Smith, Josh Gowling, Anthony Malbon in the first period. Ben Tomlinson scored the consolation for the visitors in an action-packed first half.

The Harriers were off to a flyer when Morgan-Smith opened the scoring in the first minute. The loan signing took the ball off teammate Anthony Malbon, made a deft flick over the defender and powered home a low shot to put his side in the lead.

Nicky Law's men troubled the Harriers goal shortly after through Paul Clayton, but goalkeeper Danny Lewis was equal to it.

There was another chance at the other end, when Marvin Johnson blazed a venomous volley over the cross-bar after working his way inside from the flank.

The Reds got their equaliser just on the half-hour mark when Ben Tomlinson got free of his defender to head home a Dan Bradley cross on the counter-attack.

They were not on equal terms for long, though, as Gowling put the Harriers back in the lead just nine minutes later. Kyle Storer took an in-swinging freekick, which was met by Gowling on the edge of the six-yard area to head home past a hapless - and injured - Phil Barnes.

Harriers put the result beyond a shadow of a doubt just before half-time, when Johnson powered down the wing to put a cross in at the back post, where Malbon was waiting for an easy tap in.

The second-half was less eventful apart from an altercation in the 74th minute. Theo Streete was given his marching orders for violent conduct after an apparent head-butt on Harriers defender Gowling. The defender also received a caution for his part in the incident.

Kidderminster bookings: Storer, Gowling

Alfreton bookings: Tomlinson, Clayton, Streete (sent off, 74)

Ref: Kavanagh

Att: 2209

Posted: 24/02/13 11:27

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