A look back at the Aggborough meeting with Oxford City….
By Matty Paddock - 03/02/2024
Posted 3 weeks ago
GOLD Omotayo’s goal sealed an incredible comeback from Harriers to give them a 3-2 victory over Oxford City at Aggborough.
The former AFC Fylde man took his tally for the season to six – including three for the Reds – with a perfectly-guided header that capped a remarkable turnaround for Harriers, and the second in as many home games.
Just as with match against Aldershot Town, Harriers found themselves 2-0 down and with a mountain to climb. Josh Parker got both City goals in the first half, looping a header past Christian Dibble from six yards relatively early on, before doubling his tally from the penalty spot just before the break after a foul in the area.
While Harriers were decidedly second best before the interval, they asserted themselves comprehensively after the restart to up the atmosphere inside Aggborough, with more than 3,300 in attendance on Hoo Road.
The comeback started with Amari Morgan-Smith’s goal on 58 minutes as he latched on to a Jack Lambert ball before slamming a finish over the goalkeeper and in, courtesy of the bar.
With 17 minutes remaining Morgan-Smith almost turned provider when he lifted a great cross into the area that Ashley Hemmings powered over the bar on the angle.
Harriers weren’t deterred, though, and just two minutes later the scores were level. Goalkeeper Brzozowski’s instinctive save kept out Omotayo’s header, but the Reds surged again and Lambert was able to tap home his first goal for the club after the shot-stopper couldn’t contain an effort from Morgan-Smith.
Less than four minutes later it was all over, a shell-shocked Oxford left to look on as Caleb Richards’ superb cross was deftly finished by Omotayo who netted and lapped up the jubilation from the sizable home crowd.
Harriers successfully navigated eight minutes of added time to see out a victory – a fourth on the bounce for Phil Brown and a fifth succession for the Reds.
On a day where arguably neither goalkeeper had a tremendous amount to do, a clinical edge proved to be the difference, with Harriers finding theirs to the tune of seven goals in two home matches.
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