Harriers deservedly recorded their seventh away win of the season as they shackled Cambridge's strike force
of David Kitson and Omer Riza who had scored 36 goals between them so far this season.
Forced into a late change after Bo Henriksen injured his hamstring, Harriers included Scott Stamps on the
bench, making up the numbers for the first time since his injury on November 12. In the early stages
of the game Harriers comfortably soaked up the Cambridge pressure and began to take control of the game
themselves. The two sides were fairly evenly matched and cancelled each other out to a certain extent
and goalmouth action was rare. Harriers had the best cahnce of the first half in the opening few minutes,
Ian Foster picked up the ball on the right and cut inside the penalty area but shot weakly straight at Shaun
Marshall in the home goal.
Referee Pearson made his presence known quite regularly during the half, taking the names of Adie Smith
and Sean Flynn, Flynn for a high challenge on Francesco Nacca that left the Cambridge player with blood all
over his shirt although Flynn had made a genuine attempt to reach the ball.
After the break Harriers stepped up a gear as they seemed to realise that Cambridge were offering no real
threat and began to dominate the game completely. After 61 minutes Andy Bishop almost opened the scoring
when he raced clear of the United defence but Marshall got his fingertips to the shot and turned it out for
The opening goal came soon afterwards, however, Bishop chased a long ball and his attempted shot was charged
down by Iriekpen and the ball flew to JJ Melligan who looped a header over Marshall that took an eternity
to drop into the net. Minutes later it got even better for Harriers, a free kick on the left wing was
floated towards the far post by Flynn and found Wes Morgan who rose unmarked to head past Marshall to double
Cambridge finally came out of their shell in the closing minutes as they tried to fins a way back into
the game. Ten minutes from the end a cross from the left found Luke Guttridge who headed over with
Fraser Digby flapping at thin air in the Harriers goal. Shortly afterwards David Kitson got clear of
the Harriers defence and beat Digby with his shot but saw it cleared off the line by Dion Scott. Harriers
never looked in any danger of losing their grip on the game and easily saw out time to claim all three points.