Kidderminster Harriers beat their local rivals, Bromsgrove Rovers, 4-0 today in this lunchtime friendly. Goals from Sedgemore, McGrath, Eaton and Bob Taylor clinched the 'points' in humid conditions at the dilapidated Victoria Ground.
Two triallists played in the game for us. Steve May, ex Brighton and recently on trial at Hereford, and Martin Naylor from Welsh side TNS Solutions, now known as The New Saints - thanks Burge. Both are right sided full backs.
Neil Howarth, the assistant manager playing his second game in a few days, was the first to test the Rovers defence but his bullet header from a corner came back to him off the line after a Rovers defender cleared it. Dean Sturridge fired wide from a few yards out after being set up by Jake Sedgemore and then Sedgemore decided to do it himself a few minutes later when he opened the scoring with a shot from the edge of the area that went over the grasping keeper into the back of the net.
Towards the end of the half Dean Sturridge had another go that went well over the bar and Jonny Harkness ended the forty five minutes with a free kick that went just wide.
At the start of the second period Russ Penn, Scott Eaton and Brian Smikle were all caught offside but the lead was eventually increased on sixty minutes when Mike McGrath grabbed his second goal of the pre-season campaign when he beat the flag to rifle a short range shot past Chris Taylor in the Bromsgrove goal.
Less than two minutes later and the Harriers youth team player, Scott Eaton, scored the goal of the game with a shot from a full twenty yards out that curled into the top corner of the net and the game was ended with a header from the old campaigner Bob Taylor that could well clinch a contract for the old man.
Harriers first half:
Scott Bevan, Steve May, Jonny Harkness, Stuart Whitehead, Neil Howarth, Jake Sedgemore, Simon Russell, Jamie McClen, Dean Sturridge, Luke Reynolds, Michael Blackwood.
Harriers second half:
Steve Taylor, Mark Creighton, Martyn Naylor, Jonny Harkness, Mark Preece, Michael McGrath, Russell Penn, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Scott Eaton, Brian Smikle, Bob Taylor.