Worcester City 1 Harriers 2
If pre-season was a League campaign Kidderminster Harriers would be romping home with the title by now after yet another win in this friendly at St Georges Lane, the home of Worcester City.
Surprisingly there was no sign of Kyle Letheren between the sticks and it makes you think that the impressive keeper has been let go without a contract. Instead we had the unknown Tasbar Singh in his place and he accomplished his task without any real worries.
Also on trial for us for the first time was a lad called Jonathan Nanizaymo, also of whom nothing is known, but he did grab our first goal when a shot from Duane Courtney was blocked but the trialist was on hand to bury the loose ball home.
On the bench was yet another complete stranger in Benjamin Kiwauge but alongside him could be found the former Yeovil and Cheltenham midfielder Andy Lindegaard.
The only other chance of note for us during this half was a lovely ball from Nathan Hayward that played in Aaron Farrell but before he could shoot the former Harrier, Wayne Daniels, managed to scoop the ball away.
City pulled a goal back on the stroke of halftime when Rob Elvins, who was on trial here last week but signed for City, managed to turn and hit a shot that beat Singh and sent the teams in for the break all square.
For the second half Dean Coleman took the place of Singh in goal so it seems that Yates wasn't too impressed with what he saw. A few minutes later a whole raft of new faces came on with Kyle Hadley, Lee Baker and Naninzaymo all making way for Dean Bennett, Brian Smikle and Lindegaard.
Six minutes later and we had an enforced change when Aaron Farrell took a bad knock and Zac Costello came on in his place.
Following a couple of missed chances from Smikle we made our last substitution of the evening with Ben Kiwauge coming on in place of Duane Courtney. Kiwauge must be a full back then?
Five minutes after Kiwauge came on we should have gone back into the lead again when Smikle sent a Skud missile of a volley only just over the City crossbar. Not to worry though because with time running out the winning goal came.
Chris McPhee, captain for the night, was played through into the area but then found himself clumsily bought down by a City man. He dusted himself down (can you dust mud off?) and stepped up to bury the ensuing penalty into the back of the City net.
So that's another one finished with and on Saturday we can finish with the friendlies all together when Port Vale come to Aggborough. We should by then be able to get some idea of who our team will comprise of for the opening game the following weekend at home to Hayes (and Yeading).
Tasbar Singh (Dean Coleman), Liam Dolman, Tom Sharpe, Duane Courtney (Benjamin Kiwauge), Lee Baker (Brian Smikle), Chris McPhee, Nathan Hayward, Kyle Hadley (Dean Bennett), David McDermott, Jonathan Nanizaymo (Andy Lindegard), Aaron Farrell (Zac Costello).
Jake Meridith, Graham Ward, Shab Khan, Kevin Spencer, Wayne Daniel, Tom Kemp, Craig Wilding, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Marco Addagio, Rob Elvins, Aaron Moses-Garvey.
Matt Dinsmore, Gary Walker, Chris Cornes, Jack Connolly, Fabrice Chaunbard, Rob Davies, Danny McDonnell.