U23s fall to friendly defeat

Head the story of Harriers’ defeat to Cradley Town…

Harriers U23s fell to a 3-0 defeat against Cradley Town on Friday night.

After a quiet first half an hour, Harriers had a flurry of chances in quick succession. Harry Stratford delivering from a free kick to Aaron Bannister, who caught the ball well on the volley, forcing a strong save from the Cradley goalkeeper.

Four minutes later, Harriers would go close through Reiss Taylor-Randle, who intercepted an under-hit clearance and, spotting the goalkeeper off his line, tried to loop it over him and into the net, but it went just wide.

It was Taylor-Randle in the thick of the action just two minutes later, arrowing a speculative effort goalwards from 30 yards. The shot came out of nothing, but it swerved and went just over.

However, against the run of play it was Cradley who took the lead on 37 minutes. The ball was played into a dangerous area and scrambled past Mountjoy by Lucas Muckley and into the net.

In the second half, Cradley would double their lead on 61 minutes. A ball played through to Ryan Piggott in space inside the area, who made no mistake in the one on one situation, slotting home under Mountjoy to double the lead.

The score was made 3-0 after a trialist headed the ball towards goal. On as a substitute, goal keeper Callum Giles got a touch to cushion the power in the header, but he couldn’t stop the ball rolling inches over the goal line before Bannister’s clearance.

Harriers: Mountjoy (GK), D. Lowth, Brooks, Bannister, Fisher, Cummings (C), Danko, Trialist, S. Lowth, Stratford, Taylor-Randle.

Subs (all used): Pedmore, Giles (GK), Smith, Kalonga, Singh, Fuller, Rodway, Tweedy, Trialist.

This article is about: Academy, Youth


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