KIDDERMINSTER Harriers assistant manager Gary Whild was pleased to see his side get among the goals as they hammered relegated Kettering 6-1 in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
The Aggborough outfit came from behind as goals for Nick Wright (two), Ryan Rowe, Luke Jones, Anthony Malbon and Mike Williams ensured the biggest win of the season.
The win was also Harriers’ sixth in seven games and, with Luton and York drawing, lifted them one place to fourth to further strengthen their grip on a play-off place.
Whild said: “We’ve worked hard over the last few weeks and got some great results to get into this position.
“It was nice to win and with the other results going our way it was a good day all round.
“It was a disappointing first-half, we never got any momentum going and we weren’t getting on the front foot.
“To get in at half-time at 1-1, we gave the lads a bit of a roasting and we played a lot better in the second-half.
“I thought it was more like us in the second-half, we were pressing them higher up the pitch and there were some good goals as well.
“It’s been last-gasp recently so it was nice to get the goals and get some breathing space.
“But it was more important to get the results and be consistent and we’ve earned the right to be where we are.”
The Poppies took the lead against the run of play in the 19th minute. James Gray led a counter-attack and when Charlie Wyke’s shot was blocked, Ben Ford was on hand to hammer home the follow-up.
However, the hosts levelled in the 25th minute when Malbon was needlessly tripped by Jerel Ifil and Wright netted the spot-kick.
Nine minutes into the second-half, Wright fired Harriers into the lead after racing onto Dave Hankin’s superb through ball.
Kettering kept battling but two goals in as many second-half minutes killed off their chances.
First, Malbon tapped home from close-range after good work by Hankin and substitute Rowe in the 71st minute.
Two minutes later, Rowe rose to meet Kyle Storer’s free-kick and back-headed the ball into the net to make it 4-1.
Storer also had a hand in Kidderminster’s fifth in the 82nd minute when Jones planted a forceful header beyond the helpless Laurie Walker.
The rout was completed in the 89th minute, captain Williams nodding home from Rowe’s cross from the left.
Harriers: Breeden, Vaughan, Williams, Jones, Marshall, Hankin, Vincent, Guinan (Rowe 62), Storer, Wright (Demetriou 73), Malbon (Bradley 80). Subs not used: Gittings, Lyness.