Recap: Harriers 5-1 Bradford PA

We look back at the key action from this afternoon’s clash with Bradford at Aggborough…

Harriers 5-1 Bradford (Park Avenue). Image: (c) Ade Hoskins

HARRIERS ran riot at Aggborough with a second half performance to blow Bradford (Park Avenue) away that secured a scorching 5-1 win.

It was far from a busy half that had chances flying everywhere – in fact there was precious little of note to report across the entire 45 apart from the goals themselves.

Freemantle’s came first, with just ten gone. It owed as much to his tenacity as it did Omari Sterling’s ability to leather a ball – the wide man firing in an arrow of an effort that was too hot for the keeper to handle, striker Freemantle there to tidy away the scraps.

A relatively tepid 20 minutes or so followed before Hemmings woke the game from its daze, rasping a strong finish past Saltmer and into the top of the net after a good cross from Caleb Richards found its way to him via a Bradford head.

The visitors arguably had the lion’s share of the territory for the half, and managed to get something to show for it by scoring a goal of their own on 37 minutes – a corner re-worked into the area where an alert Mottley Henry waited to pounce and finish.

It took until around ten minutes of the second half for the game to really find a bit of meat and mettle, so to speak – Harriers finally managed to get themselves a spell of pressure in the Bradford area that ended near the hour with a neat passing exchange, Hemmings denied a second by a low save from Saltmer who again struggled to grasp first time.

That pressure continued and, on 65 minutes, the Reds had their third as Sterling bagged the first of a quickfire double – space opened up in front of him and he had no worries about letting folks know where he was putting it, a low drive finding the bottom corner in style.

Five minutes later it was 4-1  courtesy of his second – a simply exceptional, sublime free-kick from over 35 yards that sailed past Saltmer and into the net. Hard to  think you’ll see a better brace in a matter of minutes than that.

Despite it all, Bradford continued to work their way forward and might have felt aggrieved to be so far adrift, but ultimately they never seriously tested Luke Simpson between the sticks in what was an eventful second period.

Harriers weren’t done – Satlmer saved well from Austin as we entered the final stages, the fifth and final goal coming from the granite forehead of Nathan Cameron, who rose at a corner to plant a header back from whence it came, in off the post for his first goal in club colours.

Not since the 4-0 win at Leamington in 2018 have the Reds  sealed a league win by four clear goals – as terrific a day as it is was, it’s a victory they’ll soon have to set to one side with a journey to Chorley just days away.

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