The Harriers got their pre-season campaign of to a flying start when they knocked five goals past Southern League Premier Division side Gloucester City at The Meadow. It took just three minutes for the floodgates to open when Russ Penn got on the end of a great cross from Andy White to send the ball over the fingertips of the City keeper.
Six minutes later and that goal was added to when another Andy White cross found the feet of Simon Russell this time and he too made no mistake to slot the ball past Matthew Bath from close range. City pulled a goal back after slack marking in the Harriers defence when Luke Corbett got on the end of a cross to head the ball past Steve Taylor, the keeper we signed from AFC Telford, who was in goal for the first half of the game.
Youth team player Scott Eaton widened the gap back to two goals again just before the close of the first half when the ball was scrambled home following a corner.
Harriers first half team:
Steve Taylor, Ashley Edkins, Jonny Harkness, Russ Penn, Simon Russell, Stuart Whitehead, Mark Preece, Scott Eaton, Andy White, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Michael McGrath.
Just two goals in the second half finished the game off. The first coming in the fiftieth minute when the former Albion winger Brian Smikle slotted the ball home after a fine run from a fit looking Luke Reynolds and the final goal from Reynolds himself when he poked the ball home following a brilliant cross from Michael Blackwood.
It was just the kind of result we needed to get our pre season underway even though too much faith shouldn't be put into these warm up, run out games. It's a good way of looking at triallists and of tonight's Brian Smikle stood out for his fast work out wide. Dean Sturridge didn't get too much time to impress coming on late in the game.
Our next friendly game is at home to the Baggies at lunchtime on Saturday when an Albion team will be split two ways for a parallel game at Walsall.
Harriers second half team:
Scott Bevan, Gavin Hurren, Mark Creighton, Jake Sedgemore, Jonny Harkness, Dean Sturridge, Jamie McClen, Luke Reynolds, Michael Blackwood, Ashley Walker, Stuart Sinclair, Brian Smikle.