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Date: 09-07-05 Bewdley get Eaton alive
The season has only just finished, or so it seems, and we're already on the first of the pre-season friendlies.  This first one was a hastily arranged game against the posh local side of Bewdley Town FC after the original game at Stourport Swifts had to be cancelled due to an administrative error.

This game was planned as a showcase for the new signings that manager Stuart Watkiss had made in the last few weeks since the boardroom squabbles had been resolved.  That turned out to be a false premise because our Men in Black had still got their arses in their hands and refused to play with each other.  This stupidity meant that SW could only field a team of triallists, youth team and contracted players.

So it was on a blistering Saturday afternoon that the game kicked off and two teams spent the next 90 minutes in second gear.

The mixture reached half time with hardly a shot on goal and Chris McHale hobbling off injured after stumbling on the uneven pitch.  One of the triallists, Ryan Moss, looked useful but the only shot for us came from Stephen Thompson.

The second half was slightly more energetic but it was Bewdley that took the lead.  Ten minutes later and it was all square again with the first goal of three from Scott Eaton.

Thompson chased down a long ball on the right channel and crossed to the far post where an unmarked Eaton sent an header into the back of the Bewdley net.  The second goal came again from Eaton when he latched onto Tom Byrne's pass to fire in Harriers' second.

Seconds from the end and Scott Eaton finished off his hat-trick when he bought down Gavin Hurren's free kick to send the ball past the Town keeper.

This coming Tuesday, my birthday, it's at Bromsgrove to decide who will be the 'Pride of Worcestershire'.  On this showing it'll be them.

Final score:  Bewdley Town 1  Harriers 3  (Eaton 3).

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