reds throttle throstles
Lee Hughes made a welcome return to Aggborough today hoping to impress any watching scouts but ended up being shackled by Craig Hinton and also on the losing side.
In the hot summer sun it should have been a game played at an easy pace but it never was.
Right from the off the Harriers matched their illustrious 1st Division opponents man for man.
Hughsie showed how he has improved from being at a major club by his pace and sharpness but Hinton was equal to it with his well timed tackles.
It was 25 minutes before the first shot on target came but it was only a few minutes later when, from a shocking Siggurdsson mistake, Andy Ducros calmly ran onto the loose ball and lobbed it over the advancing Russell Hoult's head into an empty net.
Almost from the restart the Albion equalised when, from an equally poor Adie Smith clearance out of the area, Seck passed the ball onto Appleton lurking on the corner of the area to rifle the ball into the net.
After the start of the second half the Albion began to take the upper hand and the Reds started to tire.
It was ten minutes into this half that the game burst back into life when Tony Bird beat his man just inside the area and let loose a cracking shot into the far corner.
Just before the game re-started Jan made some changes when he bought on Shilton, Ayres and at long last Ian Foster to replace Ducros, Williams and Doyle.
Apart from a few more assaults on the Albion goal it became a non-stop barrage on Stuart Brocks goal but Brockies a man on fire at the moment and he produced a stunning display to keep the Baggies out.
The Reds, wearing the new home strip produced another good display that bodes well for the new season, the only question mark being the poor game that Stewart Hadley had.
Brock, Medou-Otye, Stamps, Blake, Hinton, Smith (Davies), Bird, Williams (Shilton), Hadley, Ducros (Ayres), Doyle (Foster).
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