Friendlies begin with win

Pre-season starts with a win for Harriers….

Milan Butterfield in action against Aston Villa 10/07/19 - Pic: PA Photos

HARRIERS downed a young Aston Villa side 3-1 to kick off pre-season with a win at Aggborough Stadium.

Ashley Chambers, Ed Williams and Knory Scott netted for the Reds with Rushian Hepburn-Murphy notching for Villa.

Chambers and Johnson had already seen half chances go close by the time the deadlock was broken by the former, a neat finish tucked away into the bottom corner after a low cross into the box on 14 minutes

‘Trialist B’, supplier for the first goal, went close himself two minutes later, but the Reds were two to the good with 36 on the clock when Williams picked up the ball on the edge of the area and bent it accurately beyond the keeper into the net.

A fairly lively first half continued as Villa got themselves back into the affair through Hepburn-Murphy’s header with two to go until the break.

The first portion of the second period saw plenty of substitutions for either side, one of them being youngster, Knory Scott. The U23s livewire capped off a move involving a raft of Harriers Academy talent – his initial shot thumping the post before being re-worked to James Dutton, who crossed for Scott to tuck home, making it 3-1.

Taylor-Randle, another Academy graduate, went close to making it four two minutes later, but blazed a close-range finish high over the bar on the volley.

A stoppage to treat Villa youngster Bazeley Graham, who left the field on a stretcher, resulted in a lengthy delay and a late finish. At the climax, both sides had a good chance each, Villa denied by a trialist goalkeeper before Taylor-Randle’s run and shot was kept out by Sinisalo between the sticks.

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