aggborough news
24th july 2001 
  • reds starting to look like a team now
  • Harriers good run of form in the friendlies continued this evening with a 1-0 win against Bristol City.

    The Harriers controlled the first half so much against an unfit City side it looked like a cricket score was on the cards but it was finally settled by a Stewart Hadley flying header midway through the first half.

    Darren Middleton was the chief culprit for the missed chances and he didn't do his quest for a contract much good.

    He runs well off the ball but when it comes to popping the ball into the net then he leaves much to be desired.

    Of the other two triallists Ian Joy should definitely secure a contract for his solid display at left back although his final ball warrants some work.

    Sall Abdou is the one I would give a contract to for his flawless display at centre half. He's tall and commanding in the area and rarely gives the ball away.

    Craig Hinton should start worrying.

    For City their No7 was very impressive.

    Didn't catch his name when the line-ups were read out because our new announcer was in a bit of a hurry to get back to his normal job of media manager.

    For the second half Bristol took a leaf out of Jan's book and changed almost all of the team.

    This half they played better but still they could not make any headway against an organised Reds defence.

    The two chances that the half produced came for both sides and came in spectacular style.

    One of the best moves ever seen at Aggborough came for us when Danny Williams collected the ball on the edge of the area and chipped the ball in for Tony Bird to latch onto.

    The ball left his head like a bullet but the City keeper produced a stunning save to tip it out for a corner.

    City's chance came almost near the end when an unknown striker saw his chance with only Stuart Brock to beat and amazingly beat him but Brockie flicked the ball out with a foot to earn a standing ovation from the City fans.

    At the end of the day it was a win but bearing in mind it was City's first game then maybe we should have scored a few more.

    Brock, Medou-Otye, Joy, Blake (Doyle), Abdou, Hinton, Stamps, Williams, Ducros (Bird), Middleton, Hadley.

    Att: 1114

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