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Report from Aggborough Stadium as Harriers pick up a first win of the season…



Billy Daniels in action against Darlington at Aggborough (c) Clive Jones

HARRIERS smashed five past Darlington to record their first win of the season in emphatic style.

The Reds were in total control almost throughout – leading 2-0 at the break, even before Darlington were reduced to ten men. Joe Ironside netted both.

Darlington pulled one back after the break but were quickly put further in the distance by an Ed Williams goal. A second visiting goal was then cancelled out by efforts from Fraser Horsfall and Declan Weeks.

After such a disappointing start to their last home game, Harriers responded in ideal fashion and went at their guests from the off – Weeks and Ironside forcing good saves from Maddison inside the first ten minutes to set the tone.

Weeks and Williams, both so impressive throughout, kept the goal ticking over with less than 15 on the clock, frustration boiling over for Darlington who saw Wheatley dismissed on 17 after a dangerous challenge on the former.

Chambers nodded wide on 27 as Harriers stayed in control, before Ironside calmly slotted beyond Maddison for the game’s first goal from the penalty spot with Horsfall having been fouled. Horsfall himself saw an effort hooked off the line by Ainge with nine minutes left to play in the half, a rampant Harriers going two up as Ironside nodded in a superb Taylor cross.

The Reds were in total control almost throughout – leading 2-0 at the break, even before Darlington were reduced to ten men. Joe Ironside netted both.

Darlington pulled one back after the break but were quickly put further in the distance by an Ed Williams goal. A second visiting goal was then cancelled out by efforts from Fraser Horsfall and Declan Weeks.

After such a disappointing start to their last home game, Harriers responded in ideal fashion and went at their guests from the off – Weeks and Ironside forcing good saves from Maddison inside the first ten minutes to set the tone.

Weeks and Williams, both so impressive throughout, kept the goal ticking over with less than 15 on the clock, frustration boiling over for Darlington who saw Wheatley dismissed on 17 after a dangerous challenge on the former.

Chambers nodded wide on 27 as Harriers stayed in control, before Ironside calmly slotted beyond Maddison for the game’s first goal from the penalty spot with Horsfall having been fouled. Horsfall himself saw an effort hooked off the line by Ainge with nine minutes left to play in the half, a rampant Harriers going two up as Ironside nodded in a superb Taylor cross.

The visitors were considerably more alive after the break and pulled a goal back as Vaughan’s desperate attempt to block away an Ainge header on the line proved in vain by a matter of millimeters, but Harriers were soon back in the ascendancy as Daniels and Chambers both went close.

It was 3-1 on 62 minutes as an excellent run and finish saw Williams open his account with an effort into the bottom corner – Darlington’s second from their only other shot on target from the day following eight minutes later as Nicholson’s smartly-taken effort found the net.

The pendulum would always swing back Harriers’ way, though, and it took just four minutes to again re-establish the two-goal lead as Horsfall nodded in a Weeks corner. The Welshman, voted man of the match by the day’s sponsors, deserved a goal for a great all-round display, and got in the second minute of injury time as he kept his composure to chip Maddison at close range to score for just the second time for Harriers.

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