The Harriers gained some kind of revenge for the FA Cup defeat today when they beat their local rivals, Wolves, in a friendly today after being 2-0 up at one stage. This third pre-season win in a row seems to be knocking all this talk of doom and gloom on the head and what better way could there be.
The Reds put out a strong side consisting of the majority of Stuart's recent signings with just Gareth Stanton left out of the starting line-up but still available from the bench.
The Wolves put out a so-so team with Harriers legend Paul Jones making a rare appearance in front of the fans of his first professional team and just Kenny Miller, Carl Cort and Colin Cameron of the more well known players starting and George Ndah on the bench.
The Wolves were the first on the attack with Miller latching onto a mistake by the Harriers defence. He managed to get round Danby but luckily he lost control of the ball and it ran out to safety. Olofinjana went close again minutes later but he too sent the ball wide of the goal.
Our first chance fell to Christie when he ran onto a long upfield pass from Martin O'Connor but his lob went wide. Our next chance went in. Michael Blackwood, having another good game, beat the Wolves defence to cross the ball into the area for Simon Russell to beat Jonah in the air and send it beyond him into the net.
Five minutes later and we had gone into a two goal lead.
Christie ran onto a ball from Wayne Hatswell and with a burst of speed that belied his stature he accelerated to the edge of the penalty area and quickly lobbed the ball over the head of the Wolves keeper.
The Wolves got themselves a consolation goal almost immediately after when Miller placed a cross onto the head of Cort who then sent the header down and out of reach of a static John Danby.
The second half was a more placid affair, not surprising considering the oppressive heat. Stuart continued with the team that started the game but mid way through the half made wholesale changes with Hatswell, O'Connor and Blackwood going off to be replaced with Burton, Hurran and Sheldon. Later on Russell and Christie exited stage left to be swapped with two triallists, Penn and Moss.
Earlier on Laurie Wilson had almost got himself on the scoresheet when he forced Jones into a fingertip save from a well struck free kick and Simon Russell almost repeated the exercise five minutes later when he sent in a powerful shot that was pushed away to safety by Jones.
Daryl Burgess did well to stop a shot that was going across the face of the goal from the Wolves substitute Chris Cornes just before it reached the head of the diving Kenny Miller.
Minutes before the end the Wolves sub, Ndah, almost grabbed a late equaliser but the ball bobbled on the pitch and he mis-hit the ball allowing Danby to dive in and grab it from his boot.
Yes, it was only a friendly but it's always good to beat the Wolves. On another level it looks like this coming season won't be quite as bad as we once feared.
Final score: Harriers 2 Wolves 1 (Russell, Christie).
Danby, Evans, Hatswell (Burton 68), O'Connor (Hurran 60), Jackson, Burgess, Russell (Penn 78), Fleming, Christie (Moss 73), Wilson, Blackwood (Sheldon 57).
Jones, Little, Rafferty, Cameron (Davies 76), Edwards, Riley, Cooper, Clingan, Cort (Cornes 65), Miller, Olofinjana (Ndah 45).