Rampant Harriers Hit Bulls For Four: Harriers 4-1 Hereford
A sparkling second-half performance from Harriers saw them blow away visiting Hereford to lift the Steve Millington Memorial Trophy.
A strong Harriers side were given a good test by Hereford, full of confidence following last season's promotion, in a game that was extremely entertaining for a pre-season friendly.
The visitors played Harriers at their own game with some neat passing and pacy breaks and it was them who edged the first half and had the best of the chances, most notably when Jamie Cuss' header was tipped over the bar by Sam Hornby for a corner. Hornby was also alert to keep out Pablo Haysham while Chris Barker saw his effort blocked.
After the interval Alex Harris was well placed to hold on to a free-kick from a Harriers trialist that had beaten the wall and appeared to be heading just inside the post. Harriers took the lead on the hour; James McQuilkin's pass opened the defence up for Tyrell Waite, a trialist who's capture on a permanent deal had been announce prior to the game, to get to the byline and pull the ball back for Arthur Gnahoua to fire home.
Shortly afterwards Harriers could have doubled their advantage when Mani Dieseruvwe curled a shot against the post, McQuilkin's follow-up was blocked and then Dieseruvwe's next effort was lashed over the bar.
Elton Ngwatala created the second goal on 64 minutes, a surging run into the penalty area before pulling the ball back towards the near post where Dieseruvwe was on hand to back-heel past Harris. The Bulls pulled a goal back when Joe Phillips crossed from he right for John Mills to acrobatically volley a shot in off the crossbar.
Hereford were briefly given hope of getting back into the game but barely ninety seconds later Waite was brought down by Barker in the penalty area; Waite himself took the penalty and sent Harris the wrong way.
Harriers completed the scoring five minutes from the end, Sam Austin with a peach of a cross from the left that was met by a bullet header from another trialist.