Chambers 25; Ironside 31, 58
- Final friendly brings first pre-season win
- Ironside at the double, Chambers also nets
- Reds were one up at the break
- National League Moors reduced to precious little in second half
Joe Ironside netted twice after Ashley Chambers had given the visitors the lead.
Bar the odd flurry from the hosts, Harriers controlled much of the day's play. After Darren Carter saw his free-kick dealt with and Adi Yussuf's attempted cross was cut out, it was Harriers who took a 25th minute lead as a fine Billy Daniels was met by a well-timed run by Chambers, who rounded the keeper to score.
Soon after, Jamey Osborne had a chance with a low shot for Solihull that Brandon Hall saved well, before the visitors' second goal arrived when Ironside nipped in to pounce on an error by Williams to fire the ball beyond goalkeeper Ryan Boot.
It was Hall then kept busy on 35 minutes as he tipped wide Kyle Storer's free-kick, before the ex-Harrier almost turned the ball into his own net at the other end.
A quieter start to the second half came to an end close to the hour with a chance at either end - Harriers taking theirs and making it 3-0 when Ironside again proved a menace for Williams in leaping on indecision to slam the ball home. Yussuf again tried his luck but found Hall in good form.
Harriers had to stand up to some physical pressure - Horsfall and Vaughan to name just two throwing themselves at efforts to keep the afternoon's sheet clean.
There were late chances to add a fourth for Harriers thanks to sub Kane's industry - but Sam Austin could only fire into the side netting before the recent arrival himself saw a shot blocked.
Harriers face their final and toughest test of the pre-season programme against Solihull Moors on Saturday afternoon.
Neil MacFarlane’s reds have been enduring another busy week with games against Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion.
To round off the set of friendlies, however, it’s the relatively short journey to Solihull to face the National League side managed by former Harriers pairing Tim Flowers and Gary Whild.
Also amongst their ranks are the likes of Tyrone Williams, Liam Daly and Kyle Storer as Flowers looks to build a side capable of capitalising on a fantastic second half of the campaign last time around.
Looking doomed prior to the arrival of Mark Yates – another former Harrier – the Moors managed the great escape with a degree of comfort in the end and will be fancied for a much smoother ride of it in 2018/19.
So it’s no surprise that tomorrow’s game is one Harriers boss Neil MacFarlane is looking forward to.
He said: “It’s a really good test.
“On Tuesday night they dispatched of Burton Albion and that was a good result.
“It’s a good test for us as week before the season and we are looking forward to it because it is gathering momentum.
“Another pleasing thing for us [against West Brom] was that we were able to get a few 90 minutes under our belt and hopefully we’ll be able to do the same on Saturday.”
Admission at Solihull Moors is as follows:
Adult: (18+ years of age): £10.00
Under 18s: £5
Under 12s: FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult)
Kick-off is at 3:00pm.
Admission for this game is pay on the day only.
Neil MacFarlane post-match