Trinity Of Goals Sink Gainsborough: Harriers 3-0 Gainsborough Trinity
Harriers bounced back from two straight defeats with a well-earned victory over Gainsborough at Aggborough.
Boss John Eustace made a couple of changes from the team beaten at Halifax - Sam Austin making his first start for the club in place of the suspended Tyrone Williams and Andre Brown starting in attack instead of Mani Dieseruvwe. On the bench there was a place for academy youngster Owen Osborne for the first time.
Harriers started brightly and could have taken the lead after just three minutes; James McQuilkin crossed from the left, Brown's header looked to be going wide of the far post but found Tyrell Waite who fired against the post and then Elton Ngwatala fired the loose ball over the bar.
The opening goal came in the eighth minute; Ngwatala's run set up Arthur Gnahoua who cut inside and fired his shot inside the far post to record his ninth goal of the season.
The visitor's worked their way back into the game for a spell without threatening Sam Hornby in the Harriers goal. Harriers then reasserted themselves and went close to increasing their lead two minutes before the interval; Ngwatala made another strong run through the middle to set up Brown, he took too long to get a shot away and the ball had to be passed around again before Gnahoua could shoot and fired over.
Austin then tested George Willis in the Trinity goal who made a good save to keep his shot out, conceding a corner. The second goal did arrive in the last minute of the half; Gnahoua's corner from the left was helped on by Brown to Ngwatala at the far post who prodded the ball home from close range at the second attempt.
Brown should have increased the lead further in the first minute of the second half when put clear by Ngwatala but Willis raced out to smother the ball at his feet.
Harriers took control of the game, enjoying a large amount of possession, but they didn't test the visitors' defence too much. The scoring was completed after 63 minutes; Ngwatala again involved finding Tyrell Waite on the right who cut inside and curled a shot beyond Willis from 20 yards out.