Play-Off Spot Clinched: Harriers 2-0 Tamworth
April 14, 2018

Play-Off Spot Clinched: Harriers 2-0 Tamworth

Elton Ngwatala marked his 100th appearance for hte club with a goal to help Harriers clinch a spot in the end-of-season play-offs.

Harriers had to work hard for their victory, though, with Tamworth opening the game looking far from being a team in the bottom three who had just one win in their last fifteen league games.  For the opening twenty minutes it was The Lambs who had the bulk of possession rather than Harriers who had to sit back and soak up the pressure.

With James Pearson and Dan Bradley, again, injured Kennedy Digie and Manny Sonupé came into the starting line-up but it was Sm Austin who was the main threat for Harriers.  Midway through the half he picked up the ball deep and made a strong run through the inside-left channel before hitting a shot that Jack Stevens had to tip over the bar for a corner.

Shortly afterwards an Ngwatala pass set up Sonupé who saw his shot saved with leading scorer Joe Ironside heading the rebound wide.  At the other end a cross from the right found former Harrier Luke Jones who had his header well saved by Brandon Hall.

Harriers could have taken the lead just three minutes after the break; Tamworth failed to clear a Harriers corner, the ball was played back in from the left to Jimmy O'Connor who brought it down and volleyed straight at Stevens who parried, Ironside's follow-up was mis-hit and then Fraser Horsfall's follow-up was blocked.

The opening goal came just past the hour mark Sonupé's cross from the right found Ryan Croasdale, his header was blocked by his marker but ricocheted on to Ironside and into the net.  Three minutes later Harriers made the game safe; Declan Weeks pounced on a poor clearance to hit a shot from distance that was blocked by a defender but bounced perfectly to the feet of Ngwatala who slotted past Stevens.