HARRIERS moved into the National League North play-off places with a comfortable 3-0 win over Gainsborough Trinity.

Joe Ironside’s 12th of the season helped the team on their way to a victory that was impressive – but secured without really needing to get out of second gear as they racked up back-to-back successes on home soil.

Going into the game, Harriers re-introduced James Pearson to the starting line-up after illness ruled him out during the warm-up of the previous match against Boston; that was at the expense of Tyrone Williams who dropped back to the bench. Alongside him were the returning Joel Taylor and Yan Klukowski.

Harriers were the only team in the game, but their dominance was thanks to a solid if quiet start to the match that’s saw them establish themselves. The early chances of the day game from the ever-create Elton Ngwatala – among them a shot from the edge of the area that clipped the post and bounced away.

Jimmy O’Connor is still searching for his first goal in Harriers colours, almost getting it as he rose to meet a delivery into the area with a header that was well saved by the Trinity goalkeeper.

Ironside and Brown both went close before the break but it was the latter who continued his excellent form with the day’s opening goal just 90-odd seconds after the break, easing off his man and driving a finish past Ravas.

Horsfall opened his account for the club just past the hour with a close-range finish as the goalkeeper spilled Ironside’s header, the home side not letting off as Sonupe then showing real pace off the bench to go close on a couple of occasions.

Another maiden goal followed, this time for Weeks, as his 82nd minute finish had Ravas well beaten as it found the bottom corner.

The victory moved the reds up into the play-offs for the very first time this season.

HARRIERS: Hall, Pearson, Horsfall, O’Connor, Austin, Croasdale (Klukowski 71, Taylor 76), McQuilkin, Weeks, Ngwatala, Brown (Sonupe 57), Ironside.

Subs not used: Truslove, Williams.

Attendance: 1,381 Referee: Aaron Jackson