No Bull! Harriers lose
The Harriers lost the last of their pre-season friendlies at local rivals Hereford Utd today in a performance that was both lack lustre and jaded. Even Ian Britton was disappointed when he said "We were rubbish. Simple as that"
It all started so well with the Reds taking the game to the Bulls from the start, but after Bo had a shot saved by the Hereford keeper and Brockie had saved well from 'not the real Danny Williams', it all started to get predictable.
The Harriers defence was caught napping as Purdie swept through only to fire straight at Stuart Brock leaving the defence to clear the ball wildly.
Adie Smith came on for the injured Kenny Coleman in the 27th minute and soon after, the opening Hereford goal arrived.
Purdie fired the ball goalwards only to see it blocked by Adam Willis. The ball fell kindly for Paul Parry whose cross was met by the head of Williams to nod it past Brock.
For the remainder of the half we didn't really seem interested but after halftime things got slightly better.
John Williams had come on for Matt Lewis and it was him and Graham Ward who combined to play the ball in for Sammy Shilton to drill it in off the post past Baker for the equaliser.
This seemed to spur Utd into action and Steve Guinan almost put them back into the lead with an header that went just wide of the post. After 65 minutes they had.
More schoolboy defending gave them the goal when Craig Hinton cleared the ball straight at an opposing player. Again a lucky rebound fell kindly for Guinan this time and, with no one to stand in his way, he calmly slotted the ball past Brock.
The game then petered out with just a shot from Bo Henriksen hitting the netting to sum up our afternoon.
Next Saturday the real action starts with the visit of Mansfield.
Things can only get better. Can't they?