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Harriers match leisurely Leicester

The new look Aggborough opened for business tonight with eager fans grabbing a seat in an almost full East Stand.  They came to see the players we have on trial and also to see the Premiership new boys? Leicester City.

We weren't expecting a blood and guts battle but what we did get was some fine football and a good entertaining game played at a leisurely pace.

City are off to Finland tomorrow so they weren't going to risk their star player, Les Ferdinand, but we did get a chance to see class players like Matt Elliot, Mussy Izzet and Paul Dickov.  We didn't get a chance to see our only signing so far though.  Matt Gadsby was out injured.

During a quiet first half played out in warm sunshine it was the Harriers who came closest to opening the scoring on a number of occasions.  City had chances but they were few and far between.

The second half was different.  City scored within minutes of the restart when big Brian Deane jumped highest at the far post to head a venomous ball past a helpless Stuart Brock.

Within seconds we had almost equalised, when from nowhere a shot from, I think, John Williams hit the foot of the post.  The same thing happened twice again later in the half with Matt Lewis and Sean Parrish repeating the trick.

Ian Britton made a number of changes after John Williams went off with a crocked ankle to be replaced by Kyle Lightbourne.  He also bought on Bo Henriksen, Sean Parrish, Graham Ward, Adie Smith and Sam Shilton soon after.

It was Shilts who got the equaliser and what a glorious one it was too.  Bo took the ball to the byeline and crossed high over the area to the unmarked Shilton who struck first time with his left foot to send the ball screaming into the net.

It gave us a good result against some decent opposition and the feeling that Brit will have to make some very hard decisions about which of the triallists to let go and which ones to keep.  There wasn't a bad one out there and if we can keep the likes of J Williams, Coleman, Willis and Narada we should have a fruitful season ahead of us.
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