Poor Harriers Crash: Salford City 3-0 Harriers
Lacklustre Harriers fell to their heaviest defeat of the season, and heaviest since December 2015, on their first ever visit to Salford City.
Forced into two team changes, Ashley Carter in for the suspended Ryan Croasdale and Sam Austin in for the injured Zaine Francis-Angol Harriers were slow out of the blocks and were given a scare after just five minutes. Put under pressure by a long throw-in from the right Harriers failed to clear and City's Michael Nottingham stabbed the ball home only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.
In difficult conditions Harriers gradually began to enjoy most of the ball possession and eventually carved out some half chances. Arthur Gnahoua set Elton Ngwatala away on the left, his pull-back to the near post found Mani Dieseruvwe who fired just wide and then Ngwatala set up Gnahoua for a curled effort from 20 yards that went narrowly wide of the upright.
Early in the second half Ngwatala's run set up Dieseruvwe but he fired across the face of goal.
On the hour Alex Palmer saved Harriers as he saved a header by Simon Grand who was left unmarked at the far post from a right wing corner. At the other end Gnahoua then fired wide from distance.
The home side took the lead on 65 minutes; Mike Phenix crossed from the left to the far post where Josh Hine was on hand to head in. The second goal came with twelve minutes left on the clock; substitute Jordan Hulme celebrating his 100th appearance for the club picking the ball up on the left wing and allowed to run at goal before firing inside the far post.
In the last minute Harriers tested Jay Lynch in the home goal for the first time in the half when Jordan Tunnicliffe stabbed the ball goal-wards in the midst of a goalmouth scramble; Lynch saved and City countered Hine racing clear before slotting the ball past Palmer to complete a miserable afternoon for Harriers.