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Trophy Win Has Harriers Back On Track: Harriers 3-0 Ebbsfleet United
January 14, 2017

Trophy Win Has Harriers Back On Track: Harriers 3-0 Ebbsfleet United

Harriers bounced back from their heaviest defeat of the season by knocking National League South side Ebbsfleet United out of the FA Trophy.

Ryan Croasdale returned to the side after suspension but with Zaine Francis-Angol still injured on-loan Josh Ezewele came in for his debut.

Harriers almost got off to the perfect start when James McQuilkin's second minute pass sent Andre Brown away through the inside-right channel, his shot beat Nathan Ashmore in the United goal but hit the bar.

United, like Harriers second in their division, had a few chances of their own to get into the game; after 19 minutes Jack Powell's free-kick beat the wall and Alex Palmer but hit the post.

Harriers eventually made the breakthrough ten minutes before the break; Darryl Knights, making his first start since returning to the club, found debutant Ezewele on the left, he made a mazy run into the penalty area before slotting the ball past Ashmore from a narrow angle.

Just four minutes later Harriers doubled their advantage; Arthur Gnahoua played a corner from the left short to Brown who laid it off to McQuilkin, his shot was then turned in by Tyrone Williams.

After the break Harriers had the game completely under control and the visitors rarely threatened Alex Palmer in the home goal.

Just ahead of the hour Harriers should have gone further ahead; Knights on the left found Gnahoua who turned his marker well only to see his shot saved by Ashmore at the expense of a corner.

The third and final goal arrived twenty minutes from the end; Williams did well on the right to win the ball and then find Knights whose pass into the penalty area opened up the defence for Brown to slot in his seventh goal of the season.

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