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ON THE WHISTLE MATCH REPORT

19 July 2016

NIGEL Clough named a mixed starting XI against Kidderminster in Burton Albion's third pre-season friendly. Clough then made mass changes around the hour mark to introduce the substitutes.

Starting XI: Bywater, Edwards, Reilly (McCrory 65), Mousinho (Flanagan 70), Delaney (McLaughlin 84), Naylor (Turner 70), Fox, Williamson (Akins 65), Butcher (O'Grady 65), Palmer (Irvine 70), Harness (Beavon 65).

GOAL: No longer had the match started the Brewers were gifted a goal. A lame back-pass from a Kidderminster defender allowed Harness to pick up the ball and fire past Albion-loanee Hornby from 12 yards 0-1.

The first half was a quiet one but the home side weren't here to be beaten. Former-BAFC man Sam Austin caused a bit of trouble down the right but nothing that could trouble Stephen Bywater in the Albion goal.

The Brewers keeper DID think he was in trouble minutes later as he raced out of his box and cleared the ball, but with his hand according to the referee, nothing but a free-kick given.

HT: Kidderminster 0-1 Burton Albion

Kidderminster came out of the traps quickly in the second half and instantly put pressure on the Brewers. Ngwatala tried a curling effort from outside of the 18-yard-box but Bywater was at his best to tip it over the bar.

There was nothing Bywater could do about a second effort just moments later, apart from stand and watch, only to be saved by his crossbar. A trialist picked the ball up from the side of the box and took an unexpected shot which was just an inch too high as it rattled the bar.

Calum Butcher was playing in an advanced role for the third game in a row as he linked up with Marcus Harness in the striker department. He had a good chance not so long into the second half as he raced through on goal but too many touched gave the defenders time to put a tackle in and deny him.

GOAL: The lead was doubled an hour into the game through that man again, Marcus Harness. He was the man to step up and take the penalty that was well-won by Tom Naylor who was brought down in the box by the Harriers goalkeeper 0-2.

Nigel Clough made wholesale changes between 65-70 minutes which saw seven changes. All changes can be found in the starting XI at the top of the report.

McQuilkin very nearly treathed The Aggborough to a stunner as he let fly wiht his left foot from 25 yards but it whistled wide of Bywater's left-hand post.

Ryan Delaney came off with a knock after all the subs had been made, apart from one..Jon McLaughlin the Burton Albion goalkeeper came on for the final ten minutes as a right winger.

FT: Kidderminster 0-2 Burton Albion

Attendance: 607 (80 away)

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