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Harriers fail in big friendly

The first disappointment of the evening was the lack of big names in the squad that Wolves sent along.  Where was Dougan, Wagstaffe or Billy Wright?
Showing my age!  It's true though.

We were told to expect all the big names from the present day Wolves and all we got was Camara, Branch and Proudlock.  Hardly names on everyone's lips are they.  Oh yeh, Larkin was there.

The second disappointment was the low turnout.  A crowd of over 3000 was expected and in the end it was 2696 but a thousand of those were Wolves fans.  Can't keep blaming the prices.

The real reason was probably due to the third disappointment.  The fans can see now that after watching the last four friendlies we won't be seeing a flair side playing in the famous Red & White this coming season.

To say we were boring is an understatement.  It was all so predictable with everything being played down the middle, passes going astray and a lack of imagination from the Harriers.  This wasn't even Wolves reserves we were playing for God's sake.  It was a team just cobbled together at the last minute.

If this team play like this against Cheltenham on Saturday week we shall be a laughing stock.

Proudlock netted for the Wolves 5 minutes before halftime and we hadn't even had a glimpse of the goal.  The second half looked to be better but that was only because Wolves had seemed to back off a bit.  This half was notable for only a couple of reasons.

One was a thunderbolt free kick from Daire Doyle that flew past the post but was strangely penalised by the ageing ref for an unknown infringement.  The other was the worrying injury to Scott Stamps who was stretchered off ten minutes from the end.

Ian Foster had come close just before but by using his wrong foot the ball had skied away and into the crowd.

Almost on the stroke of full time Wolves were awarded a penalty when Sean Parrish handled in the area and Proudlock doubled his tally from the spot.

Harriers:
Brock, Smith, Stamps (Joy), Ayres, Hinton, Williams, Bennett (Doyle), Ducros, Broughton, Foster (Lewis), Parrish.

Ok, I sound negative but we should be at the stage now where our game is starting to come together and we're playing as a cohesive unit.

Out there tonight that wasn't the case.

Score: 0-2      Att:2696
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