Report: Chambers soars in win

Report from Aggborough as Harriers thump Nuneaton Borough…

Ashley Chambers celebrates his hat-trick against Nuneaton in March 2019. Pic: Paul France

ASHLEY Chambers struck a hat-trick has Harriers sealed back-to-back wins with a 4-1 triumph against Nuneaton Borough.

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Chambers slammed in a fine opener before the visitors levelled prior to the break.

Joe Ironside’s penalty put Harriers back ahead soon after the break before a further brace – a well-timed header and a one-on-one after breaking free with the ball.

It was the second time in three home games Harriers netted a 4-1 win in front of their own supporters.

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Inside ten minutes, Harriers had seen a Chambers volley blocked and a rising effort from Williams thump off the bar, before Horsfall chipped over and McAlinden struck a low free-kick into the arms of goalkeeper Belford.

The opener came on 26 minutes, a deep ball in from Williams finding Chambers at the far post who struck a neat, angled finish, first time into the corner of the net.

Barely ten minutes later, Nuneaton were level with their first serious chance of the game, Allen’s free kick parried wide by Hall for a corner, from which Townsend was left free to nudge into the net.

Harriers responded well, though. In the final minutes of the half, McAlinden blazed over from Chambers’ pass before the latter saw a header saved.

The hosts regrouped well and were quickly ahead within three minutes; Chambers’ shot handled in the area by Townsend, with Ironside stepping up to slam the ball beyond Belford.

Before the hour, Chambers saw a shot blocked before firing over, Ironside then driving firmly with a fine effort that Belford got behind and blocked decisively.

Ironside volleyed over on 67 minutes before Borough’s Edmunds drove into the side netting; 2-1 becoming 3-1 with 79 on the clock when a delightful delivery into the area from McAlinden was nodded in at the far post by Chambers.

If that gave Aggborough the relief it needed, the only real wish for the vast majority inside the ground – not least a club scribe – was for Chambers, so tireless and determined yet so often bereft of luck and fortune – to seal his hat-trick.

The wish was granted with a minute left of normal time. There was a small slice of luck when a ball was deflected into his path, but the rest was his own quality. A well-timed run saw him played through, one-on-one, with Belford. With time and space ahead of him, Chambers had to keep his cool as the goalkeeper advanced towards him, firing the ball beyond his frame and into the back of the net.

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