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Harriers collapse at Solihull

The Harriers pre-season suffered another set back this afternoon in Birmingham when they went down 4-3 to Solihull Borough.

They started the game brightly but after taking a 2-0 lead through Sam Shilton and Ian Foster, from a penalty, they started to let the game slip.  In the last few minutes of the first half they had the lead halved when ex Bromsgrove striker Nick Amos grabbed one back and then in the 45th minute Solihull drew level with a goal from Titterton.

Although we had let a 2-0 lead slip we still looked the stronger side and this was to continue after the break

The Reds went back into the lead after 60 minutes when Andy Corbett grabbed his second goal of the pre-season.   He fired in from close range after Scott Stamps and Foster combined to set him up.

A quarter of an hour from the end our defence collapsed.  We had decided that we had done enough to wrap the game up so sat back and let the Borough come at us.

This lax attitude along with poor defending was our downfall.

Solihulls' second equaliser of the game came 15 minutes from time when Alex Lobban drove a curling shot past John Danby and then two minutes from time they had taken the lead when another ex-Harrier, Mark Shepherd, headed in from close range.

Although we played well enough, again it was poor defending that let the side down.  There is obviously a problem with the right back berth now, last season the problem was at left back.

This time Britton tried out a trialist, Lee Kersey, who performed adequately but he's not the long term answer and neither are Ayres and Smithy.

I think we will be looking to bring in a recognised right sided full back soon.  And the sooner the better.

Harriers:
Brock (Danby), Kersey, Stamps, Ayres, Williams, Bennett, Corbett, Foster, Shilton, Heath, Sall (Hinton), Khela, Ducros (Doyle), Lower.

Score:4-3        Att: 175
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