Recap: Harriers 3-1 Chester

Recap of the key action from the home win over Chester…

Action from the 3-1 home win over Chester. Image: (c) KHFC

HARRIERS picked up another important home win with a convincing display and 3-1 win over Chester at Aggborough.

More than 2,100 fans were on hand to see what was, on the whole, a dominant performance from Russ Penn’s men – particularly in the first half during which Harriers were electric.

They only had Omari Sterling’s first-half goal to show for that control, but further efforts from Mark Carrington (ahem!) and Sam Austin gave the score line the gloss the showing deserved.

Sterling was back in the eleven and, on 25 minutes, slammed his team in front. Picking up a pass as he surged into the area, he stayed strong on his feet before powering the ball high into the net to the delight of the Aggborough faithful.

It was a half that saw a whole host of home chances. Ashley Hemmings twice hit the woodwork – once with a great leap and downward header, and another with a great strike from distance that thudded off the upright.

Chester’s clear-cut chances were slim pickings during the afternoon but, within minutes of the restart, they had a major one. The ball perhaps came too quickly to Grand and, from close range, he could only hit over when it looked certain he’d score.

Sterling worked hard to keep Harriers on the front foot and did so thanks to one effort that was well saved and another that was deflected behind. That momentum carried the team forward, though, and with a little less than 20 minutes to play it was 2-0 in style. Carrington saw space open up in front of him and, fully 30 yards out, he took aim and found the top corner of the net to cue wild celebrations.

The game was put beyond any reasonable doubt just under ten minutes later. Harriers tried to press and Chester tried to clear – in the end the ball would spill loose to Austin who struck it with accuracy off one post and in to the opposite corner.

Chester did have the final word of the day where goals were concerned – after skipper Clark had struck wide with one attempt, sub Johnston managed to pull one back from the penalty spot, sending an effort past Simpson from 12 yards.

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