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Summary

  • Harriers 0
  • Birmingham 3
  • Set back for Harriers as Marvin Johnson comes off with an injury in the 20th minute
  • Ahmed Obeng comes on
  • Wes Thomas fires City ahead in the 37th minute
  • Substitute Claytoh Donalson bags Blues' third
  • Thomas adds a second for City in first minute of second half
  • FOLLOW the action as Harriers tackle Birmingham City in a highly-anticipated friendly clash with The Shuttle's live match updates

4:58pm

That is it! Harriers looked good in the first half but paid the price for a slip at the back but Championship side City saw their extra quality come to the fore. It was a good work out and with a crowd hitting nearly 4,000 a money spinner for Kidderminster.

I will be back for Tuesday night's friendly against Shrewsbury.

4:58pm

That is it! Harriers looked good in the first half but paid the price for a slip at the back but Championship side City saw their extra quality come to the fore. It was a good work out and with a crowd hitting nearly 4,000 a money spinner for Kidderminster.

I will be back for Tuesday night's friendly against Shrewsbury.

4:43pm

The match attendance is 3,928. Which is a great turn out on both sides. Great effort by everyone!

4:42pm

City's extra quality has definitely told here but ere are plenty of positives for Harriers. They matched the Championship side in the first half only for a defensive error to see them fall behind. 

Kidderminster were caught out at he start of the second half and the third came after a host of substitutions when the game was settling down.

4:34pm

Former Birmingam City youngster Reece Hales replaces Obeng.

4:33pm

75- 3-0! Clayton Donaldson fires home.

4:32pm

72- Tyrone Williams is on for Josh Gowling.

Blues also make some changes as Cotterill is replaced by Demari Gray and Andrew Shinnie replaces Thomas.

4:29pm

70- Harriers create a chance. Gash crosses from the left and Obeng chests the ball down but before he can shoot is closed down.

4:28pm

70- Cotterill crosses from the right and earns a City corner.

Nothing comes of it.

4:24pm

66- Off come forwards Nathan Blissett and Craig Reid for strikers Reece Styche and Michael Gash.

4:21pm

61 Three changes for. Clayton Donaldson for Novak, Will Packwood for Grant Hall and Stephen Gleeson for David Edgar.

4:20pm

59- Ahmed Obeng links up weill with Blissett and scores but the flag goes up for offside.

4:16pm

56- Three changes for Harriers. Midfield pair Gittings and Byrne are replaced by O'Keefe and Verma, while Jake Green, brother of injured City forward Matt, is on for Hodgkiss.

4:13pm

55- There seems to be some minor trouble in the Hire It stand, but doesn't look serious. 

4:10pm

Chance! Duffy makes a great run and chips the ball over Lewis, who makes some contact, but Ahmed Obeng clears off line.

4:05pm

Goal! Lee Novak's astute first time pass allows Thomas to fire the ball past Lewis. Defence was caught out.

4:04pm

One change at the start of the second half as Jon Grounds replaces Gavin Gunning.

3:48pm

That is the break. Harriers may be trailing but it has been pretty even games. Both keepers have made saves but City are ahead because of Thomas' strike. 

3:46pm

45- Save! Obeng gets free on the left and pulls ball back to Reid who fires in a a first time effort which Randolph athletically tips over.

3:44pm

45- Some nice play by Harriers down the right ends in a Hodgkiss headed away. 

3:42pm

41- Harriers have a corner to defend but Cotterill's delivery is too long and flies past goal.

3:40pm

40- Chance! Chey Dunkley smashes a shot off the angle. Harriers unlucky not to be level.

3:39pm

After a poor Craig Reid corner, Wes Thomas powers away. Jared Hodgkiss thought he had him covered but the but striker outmuscles him,meets past a stranded Josh Gowling before bearing down on goal and slipping an effort past Lewis.

3:37pm

Goal! Thomas! City 1-0 up!

3:36pm

35- It has gone a bit quiet at the moment. City's supporters are not chanting as much. Both Gary Whild and Lee Clarke are out in the technical area urging their troops forward.

3:32pm

31- Lewis to the rescue again as he beats away another good effort from Cotterill. 

3:31pm

28- Danny Lewis tips an effort from Cotterill, who is Blues' most effective attacking player.

3:25pm

25- David Cotterill have been prominent for the away side and from the right he delivers a cross that goes behind for a goal-kick.

3:22pm

21 Ahmed Obeng is sent into the fray for Harriers. The former Rushall forward is very quick.

3:21pm

20- Johnson limps off helped by physio Gavin Crowe. Not what Gary Whild wanted to see. No replacement for him yet.

3:19pm

Johnson took a tumble after that effort and requires some treatment. That is a worry as he is Harriers' main flair player and was looking good.

3:18pm

17- Chance! Callum Gittings spreads the ball wide out to the left and Johnson is free to speed down the left. The wideman stings Randolph's palms with a fierce effort.

3:17pm

16- Birmingham continue to be more pro active and David Cotterill sees a low free-kick fly just wide.

3:12pm

12- Patient build-up by City, who move the ball about nicely and Novak sees a cross to just wide with Thomas lurking.

3:10pm

9- After weathering the first two or three minutes, Harriers are having a go themselves. Reid is trying to get in behind the City defence and Jonson looks bright.

3:09pm

8- Callum Gittings battles with Mitchell Hancox for the ball in City's box but the referee blows for a foul and a goal-kick.

3:08pm

7- Corner for Harriers. Reid's delivery is headed away.

3:07pm

6- Save! Lewis gets down well to a shot from Mark Duffy after a good run and nice ball from Lee Novak.

3:04pm

3- Blues have started well and Wes Thomas hooks an effort over the bar. 

3:02pm

Correction in Kidderminster's formation. Harriers are paying four at the back, with Grimes LB and Hodgkiss RB.

2:57pm

Birmingham's Blue contingent has certainly made its prescence met and have filled half the stadium. The home fans are put in numbers but are dwarfed by the mighty travelling army.

2:52pm

Harriers have played Birmingham twice. Famously beating the Blues in The FA Cup in 1994 and losing 2-1 in a pre-season friendly in 2001. 

2:46pm

Birmingham boss Lee Clarke has also started a pretty strong line-up but their biggest summer signing Clayton Donaldson starts on the bench. 

One of Harriers' new summer additions, Reece Styche, starts on the subs' bench.

2:37pm

Harriers put out a strong side in a for action we think is 3-5-2. Jamie Grimes, Chey Dunkley and Josh Gowling are the three at the back, with Marvin Johnson playing as left wing back and Jared Hodgkiss right wing back.

Villa fans Jack Byrne and Callum Gittings are in midfield with Kyle Storer and Nathan Blissett and Craig Reid up front.

2:30pm

Birmingham: Randolph, Eardley, Gunning, Edgar, Duffy, Thomas, Cotterill, Hall, Hancox, Adeyemi, Novak.

Subs: Grounds, Gleeson, Donaldson, Packwood, Reilly, Lee, Shinnie, Brown, Caddis, Gray, Adams, Preston.

Referee: Steve Bratt.

2:25pm

Harriers: Lewis, Dunkley, Gowling, Grimes, Hodgkiss, Storer, Byrne, Johnson, Gittings, Blissett, Reid.

Subs: Singh, Green, Verma, O'Keefe, Gash, Styche, Obeng, Hales, Williams.

1:58pm

Good afternoon folks, I am in place at Aggborough and enjoying the sunshine. The town is awash with the Royal Blue of City's supporters.

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