Stourport Swifts 1 Harriers 0
A few hours after the first team squad beat a youthful West Brom side 2-0, at the Albion training ground, with both of our goals from the much maligned Reece Styche it was our youthful side that took to the Walshes Meadow home of Stourport Swifts and ending up the wrong side of a goal from the former Harrier Paul Hurrell.
Three of the side that played in the morning were on the bench at the Swifts: Jake Green, Jordan Jones and Gurjit Singh while the three triallists that played there were no where to be seen. One of those three is believed to be Adam Dawson from Bristol Rovers.
You can read a report of that game here but this review concerns the Swifts game.
In goal for us was Brendan Bunn, formerly of the Swifts, Jeremy Balmy, formerly Oxford Utd and a mate of Amadou Alassanne who also started. The other new face on the bench was Keegan Woolley but nothing is known of him.
It was a typical derby game against the Swifts, and as in previous years they raised their game to try and get one over on their 'illustrious' neighbours. Our first chance of the game, of very few chances, fell to Reece Hales after the ball was supplied to him by Luke Palmer but he sent it over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Just after thirty minutes Hurrell opened the scoring for the home side when he scrambled the ball home from poorly defended corner. That was it for the first half for the Harriers.
After the break Gary Whild made some changes to the side with Jake Green, Jordan Jones and Gurjit Singh all coming on to replace Hales, Dan Sweeney and Nathan Millichamp. There was still no real improvement though and chances were still getting hard to come by.
A later substitute, James Hancocks, sent a shot over the bar while Balmy sent a shot well wide. With time running out, and Harriers still trailing, Gurjit Singh missed two chances to draw the side level when, first, he forced the Swifts keeper into a good save and then near the final whistle the keeper performed again to save Singhs shot at the foot of the post.
The team(s) now have a week of until the first major friendly next Saturday when Birmingham City come to town.
Bunn, Millichamp (Singh), Westwood (Hancocks), Forsyth, Digie (Woolley), Williams, L Palmer, Balmy, Alassanne, Hales (Green), Sweeney (Jones).
Subs: Hancocks, Green, Jones, Singh, Cater, Woolley.