Harriers Bounce Back With Vital Win: Harriers 3-0 Alfreton Town
Three first half goals gave Harriers a first win in three games and kept them in the thick of the play-off race.
Equalling a post-war record of 12 consecutive home victories Harriers dominated the game in a lively first half, getting the result wrapped up in half an hour.
Harriers took the initiative early on and could have taken the lead in the 12th minute when debutant Daniel Nti combined with Sam Austin on the right, the latter's cross finding Liam Truslove at the far post but his shot was saved by Town keeper Fabian Spiess.
The opening goal arrived seven minutes later; Jordan Tunnicliffe did well to close down the ball after Town failed to deal with a Harriers corner, enticing Adam Smith into a reckless challenge that earned Harriers a corner. James McQuilkin took the spot-kick driving it low past Spiess.
McQuilkin then turned provider as Harriers doubled their advantage; his corner from the right found Truslove who steered his shot low into the net for his ninth goal of the season. Joining Truslove on nine goals for the season was Tyrell Waite who scored the third on 32 minutes; skipper Keith Lowe started the move with a long pass out to Josh Ezewele on the right wing, his cross found Waite who tucked it in from close range.
The visitors gave Harriers a warning to not let their concentration slip ten minutes before the break; Craig Westcarr's free-kick from the left wing found Sam Smith at the far post but he couldn't direct his unchallenged head on target.
After the break Alfreton came out with more purpose but unlike Harriers' recent game with Curzon Ashton when they nearly let a three-goal lead slip they maintained their focus and kept the visitors at bay.
The second period was more dour than the first and whenever Harriers pushed forward they were kept at bay by Town keeper Spiess who saved from Waite and substitute Andre Brown.