A YOUTHFUL Harriers side secured the club another friendly win on Thursday as they triumphed 2-0 at Halesowen Town.
With the exception of a welcome return for Jared Hodgkiss, this was a Harriers squad made up almost entirely of Academy prospects and trial players - so a group devilishly hungry to make an impression.
That made for a tense and fairly frantic opening period, the first chance not arriving until 17 minutes when Halesowen's Kaiman Anderson tried his luck from 20 yards out with an attempt that arrowed over Jono Brown's target.
Soon after, Harriers had the lead when Academy graduate Reece Jacobs saw his lovely centre curled home by a trialist; a lead the reds extended six minutes later when, on the prowl, Jacobs forced Callum Williams to turn the ball into his own net.
Town's Ethan Delany caused a few problems for Harriers after the break and twice in quick succession, he found himself behind the reds' back-line, only for both of his low shots to be well blocked by the quick feet of Jono Brown.
Harriers introduced young goalkeeper Palmer for the final third of the match and he showed great bravery to keep out Delaney's latest charge; fellow sub Lewis Clarke then blocking another Yeltz advance.
It really was a night for the defence; as proved by Palmer in the final seconds of the game when his fantastic double save kept out a firm drive from Malcolm Melvin, and an effort from the resulting corner.
HARRIERS: Brown, Hodgkiss, Hancocks, Trialist, Trialist, Forsyth, Taylor, Clarke, Trialist, Trialist, Jacobs.
SUBS: Finglas, Millichamp, Palmer, Clarke