Report: Harriers ease to Cup win

Harriers dominate at Aggborough to see of the challenge of Atherstone Town…

Action from the FA Cup win over Atherstone Town (c) Clive Jones

HARRIERS produced a thoroughly dominant showing to ease themselves through to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup thanks to a 5-0 win over Atherstone Town.

Dan Bradley netted a hat-trick while goals from Joe Ironside and Kane Richards added to the tally.

The home side dominated their visitors and showed zero signs that they’d be taking their task lightly – racking up well over 30 attempts at goal through the afternoon, with Atherstone managing just a couple.

The first half was as one-sided a half as you’ll see, with Bradley, Williams and Ironside all racking up early chances for Harriers as the goalkeeper found himself quickly overworked, his save from Bradley on 21 minutes certainly not his first.

Baxendale, Bradley and Horsfall then went close before the pressure finally told on 34 minutes with the opening goal; Bradley on hand to finish after O’Neill had parried a Weeks shot. There should have been an immediate second but a block, a save and an effort against the bar in quick succession kept Atherstone in sight.

Harriers quickly set about adding to their tally after the break and had the chance from 12 yards with just eight minutes gone – Ironside picking himself up after being fouled by Bilic to tuck away from the spot.

That seemed to deflate the visitors as, a couple of minutes later, it was 3-0 as Weeks and Ironside and Bradley combined superbly for the latter to finish into an empty net, going within inches of his hat-trick just seconds later as he drove wide.

On 67 minutes, Baxter struck over with the visitors’ first chance of the day, before Bradley wrapped up his treble by sticking away yet another superb pass from Weeks.

Hall’s only save of the day was a smart one to tip over a free-kick from Ruff, but Harriers completed their scoring 13 minutes later, with just a few to play, when Richards was quickest to meet Vaugan’s driven cross to find the net.

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