Young Blues triumph at Aggborough

Harriers suffer narrow defeat in latest pre-season work-out…

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A JOE Ironside goal wasn’t enough to help Harriers to a share of pre-season spoils as the Reds fell to a 2-1 defeat to a young Birmingham City side at Aggborough on Saturday.

Ironside had netted in the second half to bring his team level after Odin Bailey’s first-half effort, only for City to resume the advantage soon after.

The visitors had the lead inside six minutes in relatively fortuitous circumstances – an opportunistic effort from Bailey deflecting up wildly up and beyond a helpless Palmer.

Chances at either before the half-hour end saw Brock-Madsen blaze wide for the Blues before Ironside was denied by the goalkeeper as he looked to get good contact to a deep delivery from Chambers.

Greg Stewart then forced Palmer into a good, low save before Harriers blocked well at the feet of Brock-Madsen.

Boyd-Munce and Brock-Madsen had half sights of goal soon after the break, before Ironside’s side-foot from Taylor’s cross had the ball in the net, only for the effort to be chalked off for offside.

Ironside again then tested Mrnosky at the near post, before finally getting his goal on 69 minutes with an excelletly-timed leap and header beyond Trnovsky – parity restored for just four minutes before Stewart’s fine run and drive into the box saw him drive a finish on the angle beyond Brandon Hall.

A trialist striker pulled the ball back for Vaughan to drive just wide on 78, Dan Bradley arrowing over the bar soon after.

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