Chambers 42; Ironside 73
Morton 58; OG 59
WATCH: Extended match highlights of Harriers 2-2 WBA
HARRIERS and West Bromwich Albion played out an entertaining 2-2 pre-season draw on Tuesday night.
Ashley Chambers had Harriers ahead in the first half before quickfire goals put Albion in front in the second period.
Joe Ironside's angled finish ensured the match finished level with the new season now just ten days away.
West Brom were brighter to start; Hall needing to tip over Morton's shot and O'Shea's shot, before Harriers had the ball in the net through Ironside's well-taken effort, only for the linesman's flag to deny him.
A great O'Shea block kept out Harriers' fine move on 27 minutes, before Albion came back into it with efforts from Wilding and Dyce - both were close but neither on target.
Six before the break Chambers hit off target when played through, but made amends superbly with the opening goal in a similar position two minutes later when he fired into the roof of the net.
After the restart, Bradley went close to making it 2-0 with Daniels doing similar, Wilding then almost levelling matters with a rasping drive that sailed wide before two strikes in a minute saw Albion go ahead - Morton finishing off at the far post after a cut-back at the by-line, a similar ball then being turned in inadvertently by Horsfall.
Though Albion did hit the bar on 70 minutes, Harriers had much the better of the closing stages and deservedly levelled soon after, some good pressing giving Ironside the reward as he angled the ball beyond Palmer.
Vaughan's delivery from out wide was a constant threat and although the Reds pushed for a winner, the Baggies managed to hold out.
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion
PRE-SEASON action continues at Aggborough on Wednesday with the visit of West Bromwich Albion
NEIL MACFARLANE is keen to see Harriers continue to test themselves as they head into their penultimate friendly of the season against West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.
With contests against Shrewsbury, Aston Villa, Burton and Birmingham now all ticked off, it’s the Baggies for the Reds at Aggborough before the summer climaxes with the weekend trip to Solihull.
A reflective boss MacFarlane says he’s getting just what he needs from pre-season as the boys continue to come up against challenging opponents.
“The tests have been great,” he said.
“We’ve been losing by the odd goal on a couple of them and we have to eradicate that, and we need to win matches.
“But the most important thing is winning when it really matters. At this point it is about ironing out a number of things which gives me the opportunity to analyse, and we’ll do that.
“We move on to West Brom and then our final test at Solihull and, hopefully, we’ll be ready for the start.”
Harriers have come out on the wrong end of the majority of their pre-season games, but that in itself isn’t something that concerns the manager too much at present.
"...I’m bothered about us looking strong and fitter..." Neil MacFarlane
“On that point he added: “Even as a player I’ve been in many a pre-season where we’ve tested ourselves.
“I think that’s the key to understand – we’re testing ourselves against good opposition and I am glad we’ve done that.
“We’ve been able to see more from the players and for me to get to know them as I’m just in the job as well.
“I’m not worried about [friendly results]; I’m bothered about us looking strong and fitter – if we can match all of those things when we start then I think we’ll be in a good place.”
Another strong Harriers line-up will meet a West Bromwich Albion side at Aggborough with kick-off at 7:45pm.
Only the Main Stand and North terrace will be open to home fans for the game.
Admission for all fans is as follows:
Online pre-sale of tickets is not available for this game. All supporters are able to pay cash admission on the day