Report: Academy side go goal crazy

Harriers put in a relentless performance to rack up big win…

Luke Allen

Harriers comfortably saw off Walsall College in their ECFA encounter to continue their strong recent form, writes Elliot Ball.

The Reds fired home 13 times against their opponents, and it’s no surprise that the home side didn’t have to wait long before opening the scoring. Did he mean it or not? No one in red will have cared after Brevitt’s cross-shot looped into the top corner.

Brevitt grabbed his second of the match with a smart finish from close range before Harriers added a third goal in the 19th minute when the ball ran loose in the area and fell to Parkes who made no hesitation to finish from close range.

Luke Allen demonstrated superb technique to arrow his volley past the helpless keeper to make it four, before Harriers reached six prior to the break; Allen’s close-range effort deflected into an empty net before Darby was able to put his earlier frustration behind him with a calm finish to make the score 6-0.

Harriers kept their foot their foot on the gas after the break; within five minutes it was 7-0 when Gayle powered an effort from the edge of the area. Making it eight, Lyman squeezed the ball past the keeper from an acute angle before the hour mark.

Gayle’s second and the team’s ninth arrived with 20 left to play before Harriers ushered in double figures when Parkes grabbed Harriers’ tenth, Shuck then increasing the tally a minute later. Two further goals followed before the rout was complete; Allen secured his hat-trick with a cheeky chip and, seconds after the restart, Lyman rounded off the day’s scoring.

“…they’re being coached properly, day in, day out by coaches who are passionate about what they do…” Coach Tom Palmer

Academy coach Tom Palmer reflected on the team’s performance levels after the match, saying: “I think first half was a different story and the boys got carried away a bit in terms of trying to shoot whenever they got the chance.

“Second half we have asked them to play with better decisions and they did that.”

Tom also spoke about the level of development and guidance the players are subjected to, saying of their current form: “It’s down to the hours the coaches are putting in with every team we’ve got down here.

“It’s what makes it special for the boys, they’re not left to their own devices; they’re being coached properly, day in, day out by coaches who are passionate about what they do”.

One of the scorers, Alex Lyman added: “I think we played well on the ball and off the ball.

“Everyone worked good, the morale in the team was good too and we’re all happy about [the performance].”

This article is about: Academy, Youth


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