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Stourport Swifts 0 Harriers 4

In front of a healthy smattering of Harriers fans (didn't spot many Swifts fans) the Reds claimed four goals against their local neighbours, Stourport Swifts.  Goals for Nathan Blissett, Michael Gash, Reece Hales and Jack Byrne wrapped the game up for us putting to bed the worries of fans that we hadn't been very prolific in front of goal so far this close season.

The Harriers started with a new triallist playing at left back.  Jhai Dhillon (ex Stevenage) was playing in the position vacated by Mickey Demetriou who was in the stand watching his old team mates.  Starting his first game for us was Jared Hodgkiss at right back.

The first half was a scrappy affair with the Swifts battling hard and chasing the Harriers down.  Forced into quite a few mistakes we looked a bit ragged and the former Harriers defender in the Swifts defence, Michael Briscoe, was dealing with most of the stuff thrown his way.  Jake Green, the triallist that has played in most of the games so far looked useful but did tend to lose control of the ball too easily once past his man.

The only goal of the half came on the half hour mark when Nathan Blissett powered a shot beyond the reach of Brendan Bunn from twelve yards out.  Bunn had played for us in the first friendly at Littleton but wasn't called on following that game.

HT: Stourport Swifts 0 Harriers 1

Just seconds into the second period, following a half time change with Hodgkiss replaced by another former Stevenage youngster, Dan Udoh, Michael Gash double the lead.  He controlled Ahmed Obeng's pass and fired beyond the keeper from the edge of the box.  The first half had been frustrating for Gashie but he came good at last.

That second new triallist made the third goal of the night when he and Tristan Dunkley, on for Blissett, combined to set up Reece Hales who had only been on the pitch for a few minutes after he had replaced Gash.  His goal was a simple tap in just feet from the goal line.

The final goal of the evening was set up for Jack Byrne by Obeng when the rangy frontman slipped the ball to him in a crowded area.  As in the third goal it was another simple tap in.  We could have increased the scoreline further when Green struck a fierce shot straight into the stomach of Bunn and then a few seconds later from an unlikely source when Josh Gowling sent a rasping shot just over the bar from some distance out.

We now face the first of the bigger friendlies on Saturday when Birmingham City arrive at Aggborough.  I wouldn't expect to see the same team appear against them but Jake Green should feature and Dhillon might make it to the bench.  I don't think any of the other triallists are good enough to be taken any further.

Harriers:
Lewis (Springthorpe), Hodgkiss (Udoh), Dhillon, Verma (Storer), Gowling, Williams, Byrne, Green, Gash (Hales), Blissett (T Dunkley), Obeng.

Swifts:
Bunn, Parsons-Smith, Hude, Briscoe, Jones, Dinsley, Cowley, Walker, Pountney, Griffin, Hurrell.

Subs:
DeMonte, Lavery, Mogg, Curtis, Edwards, Morris.

Referee: M Amphlett





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