Report from Aggborough from the pre-season draw with Bristol Rovers at Aggborough…
By Matty Paddock - 13/07/2019
Posted 1 week ago
Harriers continued pre-season with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against League 1 Bristol Rovers.
Ashley Chambers had Harriers ahead at the break with a well-taken goal, with Tom Nichols notching an equaliser for The Gas at the end.
Harriers began the game the brightest of the two teams, and hit the woodwork inside seven minutes as a well-struck free-kick thumped off the post and away with the goalkeeper beaten.
Williams was in and around much of the action up top – he exchanged passed with Chambers, who hit wide, before cutting inside and firing at goal with an effort that goalkeeper Jakola held.
Rovers kept Harriers alert with a free-kick that was well cleared on 23 minutes, but Chambers remained a threat up at the other end and played in Butterfield five minutes later with Jakola again on hand to deny the Reds.
Chambers opened the scoring with nine to go until the break when Austin’s expert pass released the striker, the former Nuneaton man tucking the ball beyond the keeper and into the back of the net.
Six after the restart Rovers were level when Nichols met a good cross with a strong header from eight yards that beat the goalkeeper. Harriers almost responded immediately, but Jakola stood up strong to block another Chambers effort as he picked up on a Weeks pass.
Butterfield found room on the edge of the area before shooting wide near the hour, the trialist goalkeeper for Harriers producing a great save to deny Nichols a second up at the other end.
One of nine Rovers’ subs with around 20 minutes to go, Reilly, struck wide for the vistors as the half wore on, a cross turned on to the post moments later almost giving them the lead.
With the entire outfield consisting of players to have played, or be playing, in the Harriers Academy, the finish was a tough work-out for the Aggborough youngsters but they showed their own mettle superbly, blocking and tackling their way to a deserved draw.