Harriers Comfortably Into Next Round: Harriers 3-0 Lincoln United
Harriers eased themselves into the First Round of the FA Trophy with a 3-0 victory over Lincoln United.
John Eustace chose to rest key players Keith Lowe, Elton Ngwatala and Arthur Gnahoua, bringing into the side Ashley Carter, Liam Truslove and Sam Austin with Andre Brown continuing in attack in place of Mani Dieseruvwe.
Brown should have given Harriers an early lead when he headed over Jake Turner's goal from Tyrone Williams cross after a quarter of an hour. Two minutes later Harriers went close again; Brown's pass set Tyrell Waite free into the penalty area, his shot was parried by Turner and scrambled away for a corner. From James McQuilkin's corner Jordan Tunnicliffe saw his header saved and Carter fired over.
Harriers took the lead on 33 minutes; McQuilkin's corner from the right appeared to have been mis-hit but his low cross found truslove at the near post, his shot was parried but he pounced on the rebound to fire in his seventh goal of the season.
Three minutes into the second half Harriers doubled their advantage; turner made a great double save to twice deny Waite but Truslove was on hand again to prod home the loose ball. Just seven minutes later Harriers made the game safe; a sweeping move involving Ryan Croasdale, Waite and Zaine Francs-Angol ended with the latter getting to the byline on the left before pulling the ball back to the near post where Brown was left with an easy tap in.
Harriers found an extra gear now and looked likely to add to their advantage. Austin cut in from the right and hit an excellent shot that thudded against the crossbar. Moments later a deep Williams cross from the right found Truslove at the far post but his header went just wide.
In the closing minutes, with the game won, Harriers sent on academy goalkeeper Tom Palmer for his debut. The youngster had little chance of keeping out United's last minute consolation goal when substitute Sam Wright headed in Robert Norris' left wing corner.