Report: Reds beaten at Yeltz

Report from the final pre-season friendly match of the summer at Halesowen…

Halesowen v Harriers - 27-07-19

HARRIERS’ youngsters suffered a 4-1 defeat at Halesowen Town as pre-season drew to a close.

Jaiden White netted late for the visitors with a free-kick, on an afternoon that saw an experienced Yeltz side run out relatively comfortable winners.

The first half had begun in relatively even fashion, Peniket seeing a shot blocked for the visitors before Palmer turned a Yates shot on to the post.

Three before the half-hour, Peniket came close to opening his pre-season account as he met a great Lowth cross with a header that shot-stopper Catlow clawed away.

Five minutes later, the home side were ahead and, from there, controlled the half. Palmer made fine saves before both of the first two Halesowen goals, but was left stranded as Yates and Jones respectively tidied away rebounds.

It was three at the interval after Gibson’s solo effort saw him finish at a tight angle, his shot beating Palmer in off the post.

The home side wasted little time in extending their lead, adding a fourth through Yates five after the restart.

Past the hour, Catlow had to be strong to deny the combination of Scott and Shane Lowth as they charged down on goal and the latter shot – Trialist H looking to curl home the loose ball only to see it rise just over.

With around 15 minutes to go, Palmer had to hold from Lucas to keep out a fifth, with Scott twice firing at goal for Harriers, forcing a save with one drive and sending another wide.

A couple of minutes later, Harriers did get on to the score sheet as White expertly guided a free-kick around the wall and into the bottom corner.

Harriers should have had a second, four minutes from time, but Catlow held Taylor-Randle’s low shot as the youngster broke away with Peniket.

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