Harriers 1 Wolves XI 0
The Harriers played their first home friendly of the close season this evening and ended as winners against a youthful, but talented, Wolverhampton Wanderers development side.
In front of a small crowd, made up mainly of Harriers fans, the Harriers were the first to get a chance in when Anthony Malbon headed Ricky Shakes cross over the bar. He then had another chance soon after when he raced onto a ball but the impressive Wolves keeper, Aaron McCary, got to it just before the terrier like Malbon did.
Wolves were controlling the game well and, it has to said but, most of these players on show tonight will go on to better things. Apart from the keeper the number three looked very useful too. In fact they were so much in control we hardly got a look in.
HT: Harriers 0 Wolves XI 0
1st half team:
Ambrusics, Dunkley, Geohaghon, Austin, Williams, Shakes, Vincent, Briggs, Gittings, Rowe, Malbon.
There were a couple of changes at the end of the break with Marvin Johnson replacing Callum Gittings while Paul McCone came on for Cheyenne Dunkley. Dunkley had been having his first ever appearance for the Reds and he did ok although looking a bit raw.
Just a few minutes into this half and McCary was called on to pull off a superb save from a Shakes half chance at the base of his post. We then had another two changes with Steve Guinan on for Ryan Rowe and Danny Pilkington on for Shakes.
Another fifteen minutes went by without much action at all. The game was being stifled in midfield and in defence and the game looked to be heading for stalement so Gary Whild, in charge while Steve Burr holidays in Kos, made three changes with Justin Naisbitt, Mickey Demetriou and Robbie Thompson-Brown coming on for Malbon, Mike Williams and Keith Briggs.
With the time running out the deadlock was finally broken. The Harriers were given a free kick on the edge of the area and up stepped Danny Pilkington to smash the ball home beyond the keepers reach.
In the very last minute of the game a Wolves defender blotted their copybook on the evening when he went straight through Marvin Johnson almost slicing him in half. The almost breaking of our wingers leg would have warranted a red card if it had been a league game.
FT: Harriers 1 Wolves XI 0
2nd half team:
Ambrusics, McCone, Geohaghon, Austin, Williams (Demetriou), Shakes (Pilkington), Vincent, Briggs (Thompson-Brown), Johnson, Rowe (Guinan), Malbon (Naisbitt).