Another Salford Shocker For Harriers: Salford City 3-0 Harriers
For the second season in-a-row Harriers failed to turn up at Salford and were comfortably beaten by three second half goals.
Harriers made one change to the team that had beaten Leamington in midweek, skipper Ryan Croasdale returning in place of Declan Weeks who dropped down to the bench, but the performance was much-changed.
The teams were evenly matched in the first half, Salford playing more football and being less direct than they had been last season, and they largely cancelled each other out. There was little in the way of goalmouth action at either end until just past the half hour mark; James McQuilkin's pass played in Dan Bradley on the left, his low cross found Joe Ironside but his shot went wide.
Harriers should have taken the lead in stoppage time at the end of the half; Liam Hogan made a good tackle on Manny Sonupe but in winning the ball was adjudged to have handled it and Harriers were awarded a penalty. After a mass scuffle which saw two players from each team shown the yellow card Ironside saw his weak penalty saved by City keeper Max Crocombe diving to his left.
City made a substitution at the interval that turned the game bringing on Jack Redshaw for Anthony Dudley. Less that two minutes into the new half form Harrier Mani Dieseruvwe crossed low from the left for Redshaw at the far post who was able to fire back across goal to open the scoring.
Harriers were slow to react and in the 52nd minute the same combination opened them up again, this time from the opposite flank, Dieseruvwe's cross turned in by Redshaw. On the hour Redshaw should have completed his hat-trick; Liam Daly played a poor back-pass straight to the feet of the sub who smacked his shot against the bar.
The third goal eventually came eleven minutes from the end; second City sub Mike Phenix found himself in acres of space on the right wing and crossed low to the far post where Redshaw was on hand to complete his hat-trick with a simple tap-in.
An afternoon to forget could have ended even worse for Harriers when Phenix shot wide at the near post from Jake Beesley's cross.