Harriers Comfortably Through In Cup: Deeping Rangers 2-4 Harriers
Harriers gave a professional performance to see them comfortably through their first FA Cup test of the season at Deeping.
A dominant first half show saw them three up at the break and despite allowing their hosts to score twice after the interval were never in danger of suffering a cup upset.
James Pearson came straight into the side for his debut in the heart of the defence alongside Fraser Horsfall, while Joe Ironside returned the starting line-up in place of the injured James McQuilkin.
Harriers dominated the game from the off, keeping their hosts pinned in their own half for much of the first half. Tyrone Williams, Pearson and Manny Sonupe all went close for Harriers in the early stages with Williams' header from Declan Weeks' corner that was cleared off the line by Charlie Coulson their best chance before opening the scoring.
That first goal came in the 33rd minute; Brandon Hall's long clearance went over the defence, and Ironside's attempted flick, and fell to Andre Brown who curled an excellent shot into the top corner from 25 yards out. Harriers doubled the advantage seven minutes later; Horsfall's crossfield pass picked out Sonupe in the inside right channel and he deftly lifted the ball over Danny Bircham to record his fifth of the season.
Harriers made the game safe two minutes before the break when Sonupe was brought down by Charlie Ward in hte penalty area, Sonupe himself took the spot-kick and sent it beyond the reach of Bircham.
After the break Harriers eased off a little and allowed Deeping to get into the game; seven minutes into the half they were thrown a lifeline when Dan Schiavi curled a corner in from the left that went straight in.
Just past the hour Weeks went close with a 20-yard free-kick that went just over the bar and then on 70 minutes Harriers restored their three-goal advantage. A good passing move through the middle of the park ended with Elton Ngwatala sliding the ball to Andre Wright who tucked his shot inside the near post to record his first goal since his return to the club.
Deeping were allowed to reduce the deficit again eleven minutes from the end thanks to Harriers failure to defend a set-piece properly again; a free-kick was launched forwards from the half-way line into the penalty area where Scott Mooney was on hand to direct it past Hall. Shortly afterwards Rangers could have made the end of the game more interesting when the ball fell to Scott Coupland ten yards out but he blasted the ball over the bar.