Harriers Given Tough Test By Brewers: Harriers 0-2 Burton Albion
A goal in each half gave Championship new-boys Burton Albion victory at Aggborough.
Harriers didn't get the start that they wanted as new defender Wayne Thomas' back-pass intended for Sam Hornby fell short and allowed Marcus Harness in to slot past Harriers' on-loan keeper, who was playing against his parent club, with just six minutes on the clock.
There was not a lot of incident in the game, despite the game being played in the evening the temperature was not conducive to an exciting game. Harriers passed the ball well but the visitors were always in control.
Elton Ngwatala had a number of chances to bring Harriers level that he couldn't take but Harriers' best chance fell to a trialist moments after the interval; his 24-yard effort was tipped over the bar by Albion's Stephen Bywater.
On the hour Burton doubled their advantage; Hornby brought down Tom Naylor and from the penalty spot Harness added his second, sending the keeper the wrong way.
After the usual raft of substitutions the game lost it's way Burton's Damien McCory fired a free-kick over the bar and Ben Clarke's misplaced pass allowed Chris O'Grady to get a shot away but it hit the side netting.