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Recap: Gloucester 1-3 Harriers

A look back at the main action from Tuesday’s league clash at New Meadow Park…



Sam Austin celebrates his goal at Gloucester. Image (C) Ade Hoskins

HARRIERS picked up more National League North points with a superb win from behind, bagging a 3-1 success at Gloucester City.

Russ Penn’s men fell behind early but battled back with a superb second half showing at New Meadow Park

While Harriers did fashion a couple of efforts off target in the openingĀ  minutes through Hemmings, Harriers were second best for much of the first half hour. With ten minutes gone, a hard-working home side had the lead when the in-form Oliver Hulbert raced through and slid the ball under Luke Simpson between the sticks.

It was much closer to the interval that the visitors found any kind of forward rhythm; Sterling forcing a relatively comfortable save from Jake Cole as he cut in from out wide, before Sterling lofted an attempt just wide from distance to cap a strong passing move.

Harriers needed to be better after the restart and were, immediately so, passing the ball around with purpose before finding their leveller on 50 minutes. It was a superb solo effort from Hemmings who turned sharply, took the ball forward and fired confidently past Cole.

A quarter-hour later it was 2-1 and Harriers in the lead. Sterling had a point to prove having being caught on the chin by Gloucester’s Leaditter, and he duly lifted in a treat of a delivery that Morgan-Smith headed with force on to the bar, the ball spinning back out to Penny who fired it through a crowd of bodies and into the net.

Such is the character and determination in the team, there was an unnerving inevitability about what was to follow once Harriers had the lead. Roared on by almost 350 fans behind the goal and with seven minutes to go, Sam Austin won the ball deep inside his own half, surging through a sea of red before rounding the goalkeeper and slamming the ball into the net for one of the goals of the season.

That sealed the win, but Harriers kept up the pressure and Hemmings, as we edged into extra time, fired over after Morgan-Smith had seen his shot deflected on its way to goal with Cole forced to make a strong stop.

Three more big points in the bag and a happy journey home for a vocal band of Harriers fans.

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