Dangerous Harriers praised for ruthless 3-0 win over York


The Harriers were praised for being a ‘constant threat’ as they swept York City with a 3-0 victory at Aggborough in the National League North.

Tasked with showing the right response to a first league defeat in more than three months against Hereford last time out, Harriers faced a daunting task with the visit of the Minstermen to Worcestershire.

But the Reds quickly found their groove and never looked like they weren’t scoring three points here, putting a sorry City side to a convincing defeat.

Omari Sterling’s remarkable free-kick from 35 yards nearly killed the game – putting the team 2-0 up after Amari Morgan-Smith put them in front.

It was a first half that served the hosts well, with full-time Jimmy O’Connor saying: “I think the boys started the game very well.

“They put themselves forward from the start and set the tone from the first minute. I thought we were a constant threat and I didn’t give too much on the other end either, which was great to see.

“I think we are going to be a test for everyone when we play here at home.

“The guys look really confident and they enjoy having a crowd behind them.”

Sam Austin found himself among the goalscorers in the second half – his 75th-minute strike was his first league goal since last November.

As well as looking deadly at one end of the pitch, Harriers looked solid at the other – a clean sheet assured thanks in part to the performance of rookie defender Matt Preston.

Preston signed for Harriers on Friday after joining on a two-month loan from National League Solihull Moors.

He slotted straight into the backline in place of the injured Nathan Cameron, while Devonte Redmond also made his first appearance for the club following his recent arrival from Wrexham.

Reflecting on the Harriers’ early performances for the duo, O’Connor said: “They came in and were kind of thrown into the band right away with whatever they wanted.

“They are good guys and they have good standards, on and off the pitch.

“I thought they both made their debuts today and hopefully they can continue and build on that.”

Meanwhile, Harriers confirmed this week that tickets for their FA Cup tie against West Ham United will go on sale to season ticket holders this week.

Sales begin on Tuesday before the team travel to Kettering Town for a league game and then return home on Saturday (29) for a league game with Gloucester City.


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