TORQUAY United stepped out for another massive game as we locked horns with Kidderminster Harriers searching for a fourth League win in a row.
Player-manager, Kevin Nicholson, named an unchanged side from our previous game against a Harriers side that he served last season.
United saw plenty of the early ball and some neat inter-play in the fifth minute ended with Toby Ajala feeding Courtney Richards who fired straight at the ‘keeper.
The next raid ended with Nathan Blissett firing well over.
Having been the most likely side in the opening exchanges, our breakthrough came in the tenth minute when our first corner of the game was not properly cleared and as the ball came back in, Nathan Smith’s overhead kick struck the woodwork and went over the line off the ‘keeper to make it 1-0.
Some good play between Blissett and Shaun Harrad ends with the latter arrowing a powerful drive just over from 20 yards.
An inviting free-kick delivered from Danny Racchi found the head of Ajala at the near post and he was just over with his effort.
After a strike from Whitfield was saved by Dan Lavercombe, a weak back header at the other end from Keith Lowe was latched upon by Harrad but he couldn’t guide the ball home.
As the visitors started to get into the game without being able to find a way through the United back-line, the second goal duly arrived on 42 minutes when a neat passage of play saw Josh Rees deliver a delicious cross straight onto the head of Nathan Blissett who planted his header home against his former club.
There was still time for Blissett to see an effort bravely blocked in stoppage time at the end of the opening period as we went in at the break deservedly two goals to the good.
The second half started with United conceding a poor goal as Kelvin Langmead’s header from a free-kick looped over Lavercombe, who was off his line, and into the net to make it 2-1 on 51 minutes.
The goal gave Harriers a real boost as they started to up the pressure as United were forced to defend resolutely.
Nathan Blissett had the ball in the net with a good finish but it was ruled out for offside.
The leveller arrived just past the hour-mark when Gnahoua was allowed to cut in from the right before firing home with a low strike.
The first change of the game for United saw Andre Wright take the place of Ajala.
There was a let-off as a free-kick found the head of Maxwell who forced a fine save from Lavercombe and from the resulting corner, Durrell Berry cleared off the line.
United regained the lead on 83 minutes when a corner from Butler was scrambled behind for another flag-kick and this time the delivery sparked a goalmouth melee which ended with Nathan Smith poking home from close range to make it 3-2.
As the clock ticked down, the hard-working Shaun Harrad was replaced by Sam Chaney.
There was five minutes of stoppage time and the game became frantic with neither side able to get a foot on the ball, but United managed to get it in the corner and play the game out to secure another precious three points, our fourth League win in a row.
Now on to Tuesday evening’s game...