Berahino Double Edges Close Encounter: Harriers 1-2 WBA
A goal in each half from Saido Berahino sent Harriers to a narrow defeat against Premiership West Brom.
Tony Pulis brought a strong side to Aggborough, including former Harriers Ben Foster and Alex Palmer, but Harriers were not overawed and more than matched their higher-ranked visitors for good spells of the game.
Harriers enjoyed a lot of possession and passed the ball well but didn't really trouble Foster in the Albion goal too much. Sam Hornby, on the other hand, was called into action early on to stand up to Berahino and keep out heis 12th minute effort. He was powerless to stop the striker opening the scoring on 18 minutes when he raced on to Salomon Rondon's flick on and slotted his shot across the keeper and inside the far post.
The best chances for the hosts came later in the half with both Elton Ngwatala and James McQuilkin firing wide of the target.
After the break the game continued in a similar vein with Harriers having possession but not able to break down Albion while West Brom themselves always looked dangerous on the break. Berahino doubled the advantage in the 58th minute, capitalising on a slip by Ashley Carter to dink the ball over Harriers' sub trialist goalkeeper.
A number of substitutions were made just past the hour mark and the game began to lose its way. Matt Phillips had a good chance for Albion to increase the lead but was denied by the trialist keeper while at the other end Sam Austin had Foster beaten only to see his shot come back off the post.
With eight minutes left in the game Harriers pulled a goal back; another trialist was brought down in the penalty area and stepped forward to take the resultant spot-kick himself and blast it past Foster.