Sbarra 48; McCormick 88
- Late goal seals friendly win for League 1 opposition
- Ed Williams had struck to put Harriers ahead
- A goal at either end of the second half turned the night around
- Joe Ironside, Joel Taylor and James Baxendale all featured after injuries.
TWO second half goals saw Harriers beaten in a pre-season game against Burton Albion at Aggborough Stadium.
Ed Williams struck a well-taken goal to give his team the lead at the break, but the League 1 side hit back with two goals at either end of the second half to seal the win.
The home side started tremendously and dominated much of the first half - Lee Vaughan's dangerous deliveries were only a glancing finish away from a breakthrough before Wiliams, striding confidently through the Burton pack before finishing low with 13 on the clock.
Marvin Sordell was the visitors' best first-half outlet, going close either side of the half hour, before Williams was decidedly more wayward with his attempted volley that flew wide of the target on the stroke of half time.
Burton struck level just three after the restart as sub Sbarra powerfully finished beyond Hall - the Harriers custodian doing well to get down and keep out Allen's free kick not long after.
Mass changes meant Harriers never quite matched their first-half showing but, as with Saturday's game against Aston Villa, a very young back-line did well to keep out the advancing threat. Tom Palmer, on for Hall, saved well from Harness S the Reds looked to have wrapped up another credible friendly draw.
That would be dashed just two minutes from time, however, as yet another substitute in McCormick snatched the victory for the Brewers with a composed finish after the ball fell lose in the area.
Up next for Harriers is the visit of Birmingham City to Aggborough this coming Saturday, 3pm.
ED WILLIAMS is ready to test himself against more quality opposition when Harriers meet Burton Albion at Aggborough on Tuesday (7:45pm).
His lively display caught the eye, and the former Cheltenham Town youngster says he’s ready for more of the same when Nigel Clough’s Brewers come to town.
Ahead of the test against the League 1 outfit, he said: “We are all looking forward to it and it will be another good test.
“It’s another opportunity to put our work on the training ground on to the pitch and, hopefully, it will go well.
“It’s great for us boys to test ourselves against players like that – we can only benefit from it.”
Looking back on a disciplined display against Villa, Williams added: “We have been working hard in pre-season in the last couple of weeks, looking at our defensive shape.
“It is a platform to then go and attack and express ourselves.
“It was great to get out there in front of all the fans and to finally get on the ball on a great pitch, and to play with the lads.
“I can’t wait for the season to start now.”
Harriers boss Neil MacFarlane said on Monday he hoped to have Joe Ironside and James Baxendale available for the game after they missed the Villa contest through injury.
Admission for Tuesday’s game is as follows:
The match is also the final chance home fans have to purchase tickets for the 3-for-2 deal on pre-season friendly matches.
Kick-off is at 7:45pm.
Meanwhile, a Harriers Academy/U23 side will be playing at Alvechurch on Tuesday night in the Worcestershire Senior Cup.
Reaction and reports from both games will appear here on the official website, with live updates from both also on our social media channels.
Supporters can follow @khfcofficial on Twitter for the Burton game, with updates from Alvechurch at @harriersacademy.
Online tickets are not available for this game. Admission is pay on the night only.
Neil MacFarlane post-match
Ryan Johnson post-match