U23s extend lead at summit

Read the story of a crucial victory for our U23s…

Harriers U23s faced a huge test on Saturday morning as they travelled to take part in a top of the table clash with Halesowen Town.

Before the match, Harriers sat one point clear of The Yeltz at the summit of the Total Motion Midland Football League – U21 West, and took the lead an early lead after six minutes.

A cross into the box was met by Zach Thompson, who nodded it goalwards – Shane Lowth nudging the ball home on the goal line.

Eight minutes later, Harriers doubled their lead as Bailey Fuller cut in from the right and angled a shot at goal, going through a crowd of bodies to deceive the keeper, and going into the bottom corner.

“…We did everything fantastically with and without the ball in the first half…” Scott Mason

Harriers continued to create chances but, as the game progressed, Halesowen placed Harriers under increasing pressure, which the away side withstood superbly to seal a 2-0 victory.

Following the match, U23s coach Scott Mason praised the performance of his players, which sent the team four points clear at the top of the table ahead of Saturday’s opponents.

“We did everything fantastically with and without the ball in the first half – the shape without the ball was superb,” Mason said.

“The second half was a little bit scrappy with the ball, but sometimes that’s what it takes to win a game of football where you’ve got to throw your bodies on the line, head the ball – I thought they were superb.

“We did the job in the first half going two goals ahead, and we came out in the second half and did a professional job – real old school non league where crosses, free kicks and long balls come into the box – it was about putting heads and bodies on the line”.

Scorer of the second goal, Bailey Fuller, was pleased to get back onto the score sheet in a vital game, and also pin-pointed the trust that the attackers and defenders in the team have.

“I’ve had a little bit of a drought recently so it was nice to score, especially being outside the box!” admitted Fuller.

“We trust in our defenders – they know that us strikers can provide the goals and we know that they can keep clean sheets for us, so that’s a winning formula overall.

“Every game is a cup final for us now really – that’s how we’re going to treat it.

“If we can continue to pick up points, then the title is ours, but we’ve got to keep taking it game by game”.

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