Date: 20-07-19Harriers lose to Sporting

20-07-19 - Friendly - Harriers 0 Bromsgrove Sporting 1

The award of Pride of Worcestershire was fought out at Aggborough today and won, in their minds, by the Sporting side from Bromsgrove. This award has been claimed by them for many years now, even when they didn’t exist, but we all know that it’s been with the Harriers since time immemorial.

At least todays game being a friendly will give it a meaningless existence it was still a bit of a downer to lose against that small town near Chaddesley.

With the news earlier on today that we had finally signed Trialist B (Correy Davidson) we began to see more of what was going to look like the team that will be kicking off at home to Leamington FC in a couple of weeks time. The other trialist, A, (Cameron Gregory) wasn’t around so Tom Palmer played in goal while James O’Connor was being rested due to a slight injury. Harry Higginson played in his place. That was possibly what most fans would want anyway.

As for the game then it followed normal friendly rules with no one doing much more than going through the motions. There was hardly an effort on goal from either side and it wasn’t until ten minutes before the break that Ed Williams tried a free kick that went wide and then Milan Butterfield was given the chance to score but his volley, on goal, was blocked.

We began to slowly come into the game with a shot from Sam Austin but, apart from a first effort for Sporting, that was it for the first forty five.

The second half was a continuation of the latter stages of the first with the Harriers on top without ever making the breakthrough. Two more chances for Austin and one for Ashley Chambers occurred before Richard Peniket came on for the latter.

Bromsgrove were just about holding on but that was in danger when Davidson dummied a ball over a defenders head and rounded him to shoot only to see it saved by the former Reds keeper Jono Brown.

With six minutes left, and against the run of play, another former Harrier put his side into the lead. Joe Hull, a trainee from a long time ago, got onto the end of a cross to head the ball home beyond the grasp of Palmer to give them the bragging rights. Peniket had a shot that was saved soon after but that was it for the day.

Line up: Palmer, Austin, Davidson, Higginson, Moyo, Johnson, Weeks, Butterfield, Chambers, Williams, Prosser.

Subs: Mountjoy (gk), White, Dutton, Fuller, Scott, D. Lowth, S. Lowth, Peniket.

Att: 745 (156)