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Match Day
Saturday, 14 July, 15:00PM - Aggborough Stadium (Pre-season)
 
1
Kidderminster Harriers

Horsfall 8


1
Aston Villa

Knibbs 11

Key Moments

  • Horsfall opens scoring after eight minutes
  • Grealish supplies Knibbs for Villa equaliser
  • Chambers and Williams go closest for reds in second half
  • Young defends holds firm to keep Villa at bay


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HARRIERS held Aston Villa to a 1-1 draw on Saturday in pre-season action.

Fraser Horsfall netted an early goal for the reds, before the Championship outfit levelled up through Harvey Knibbs.

The vast majority of the game's action came in a first half that saw chances at either end - Adomah and Gardner going close before Horsfall's fifth-minute effort; a close-range finish after Jimmy O'Connor's cut-back.

Highly-rated Villa favourite Jack Grealish was lively throughout and helped his side level with just 11 on the clock as he provided the ammunition for Harvey Knibbs to finish.

Adomah then aimed a free-kick that Grealish turned wide, before Sulliman's header was well saved by Brandon Hall. Villa stayed in the ascendancy for much of the rest of the half and created a few half chances, going within inches of a leveller on 34 minutes as Gardner's well-struck shot smacked the post.

Harriers stayed alert, however, and twice went close before the break; Chambers striking an overhead kick narrowly over before almost tucking away a Weeks cross, but for a sound defensive block.

A much younger Harriers side took the field after the break but did superbly to soak up the Villa pressure with a disciplined display; Grealish and Knibbs going closest but being denied.

The home side's better efforts after the break came through a header from a trialist that needed hooking off the line 11 minutes after the restart, and some late trickery from new arrival Ed Williams who teased his way towards goal before lofting a finish towards Mark Bunn than glanced just over.

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Goals
1
Shots at goal
3
Shots on target
5
Corners
7
Offside
9
Yellow cards
11
Red cards

Aston Villa

1
Goals
2
Shots at goal
4
Shots on target
6
Corners
8
Offside
10
Yellow cards
12
Red cards

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Brandon Hall
Palmer 60
2
Lee Vaughan
Kang 46
3
Sam Austin
Higginson 46
4
Jimmy O'Connor
Trialist 46
5
Fraser Horsfall
Digie 46
6
Ryan Johnson
Trialist 46
7
Declan Weeks
Williams 46
8
Billy Daniels
Trialist 46
9
Dan Bradley
Trialist 46
10
Ashley Chambers
Sweeney 46
11
Harry Stratford
Truslove 46

Substitutes

12
Kennedy Digie
Horsfall 46
13
Kian Kang
Vaughan 46
14
Liam Truslove
Stratford 46
15
Ed Williams
Weeks 46
16
Trialist
Bradley 46
17
Trialist
O'Connor 46
18
Tom Palmer
Hall 60
19
Harry Higginson
Austin 46
21
Aaron Bannister
22
Trialist
Johnson 46
Joel Taylor
Ewan Mountjoy
Dan Sweeney
Chambers 46
Trialist
Daniels 46

Aston Villa

31
Mark Bunn
3
Neil Taylor
Vassilev 84
5
Henri Lansbury
Brunt 76
10
Jack Grealish
Cox 65
17
Easah Sulliman
21
Alan Hutton
Ramsey 76
24
Tommy Elphick
25
Gary Gardner
Walker 76
26
Albert Adomah
Prosser 65
28
Jack Clarkw
29
Harvey Knibbs
McConnachie 84

Substitutes

2
Jacob Ramsey
Hutton 76
7
Colin Odutayo
8
Aaron Pressley
4
Ethan Patterson
12
Viljami Sinisalo
14
Jordan Cox
Grealish 65
15
Jake Walker
Gardner 76
16
Charlie McConnachie
Nibbs 84
22
Indiana Vassilev
Taylor 84
27
Lewis Brunt
Lansbury 76
30
Alex Prosser
Adomah 65

DEFENDER Jimmy O’Connor is excited to be back in a game environment as Harriers host Aggborough in their first home pre-season friendly on Saturday.

The team put up a solid showing against League 1 Shrewsbury earlier this week, and now welcome the Championship giants for their next test.

It brings along the next stage of pre-season for the squad, who’ve already been at it for close to three weeks on the training ground and various other locations.

O’Connor spoke ahead of Villa’s visit and stressed that the matches will play an all-important part of the build-up towards the crucial campaign opener at Alfreton Town.

“Once you get those first couple of weeks of running into your legs and work with the ball, ultimately it is about playing games,” he said.

“These pre-season friendlies are great for the fans in particular, and for the players to get back into that game environment, and it is about that game against Alfreton on the 4th August.

“It is great for the supporters and for some of the younger lads to experience playing against top, top players.

“It will be a good test for us and, hopefully, we can equip ourselves well and put us in good stead for that Alfreton game.”

“It is great... for some of the younger lads to experience playing against top, top players." Jimmy O'Connor

New signings Ashley Chambers, Billy Daniels and Ed Williams are just a handful of the faces expected to feature for Harriers, who will field first teamers alongside Academy players and a small crop of trialists.

Of the new arrivals, former Walsall man O’Connor said: “The new lads who have come in the door have approached it fantastically with a great attitude.

“I think the group seems really strong at the minute and the new lads have given the lads who’ve been here a bit longer a new lease of life as well – it energises the group again.

“We’re looking strong so far and we’ll keep it going – hopefully we’ll keep getting stronger and stronger.”

Kick-off between Harriers and Aston Villa on Saturday is at 3:00pm.

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