Kidderminster Harries U23's 0 Moors Academy 0
By Luke Turner
Moors left to rue missed chances...
Moors Academy should have left Kidderminster with a comfortable win but a lack of quality in the final third meant they were forced to settle for a frustrating 0-0 friendly draw.
Moors had enough chances to win the game but a combination of brilliant goalkeeping and poor finishing, resulted in Solihull’s youngsters failing to find the back of the net.
The opening exchanges proved a midfield battle as both teams traded blows. A lively start much more akin to a top of the table clash than a friendly encounter.
The first chance was fashioned by Moors. Jordon Clarke was quickest to Keziah Martin’s flick on but the angle was tight and his cross shot was well palmed away by the keeper.
Kidderminster were quick to reply. Their striker slipped his marker on the edge of the box, he got his shot away but Whitehouse, in the Moors net, got down well to tip the ball away.
It died down after that, both teams were guilty of being sloppy in possession and neither were able to gain any real momentum.
Then midway through the half, a timely stoppage in play. Ryan Andrews received treatment, allowing Moors to regroup and once play resumed, they were much improved.
Unfortunately, Andrews was unable to continue, but his replacement, Jerome Clarke almost made an immediate impact, so close to grabbing an assist.
He threaded a ball through to Rubyn Gill who attempted to lift it over the keeper, who at full reach, clawed the ball away and from under his own bar, the defender headed it away.
Then, seconds later a golden opportunity for Moors. Martin found Clarke but the forward was reluctant to use his weaker foot and with the outside of his left, he poked the ball wide.
Moors were starting to create. First, Martin was thwarted brilliantly by Kidderminster’s keeper, who moments later, pulled off an even better save to deny Gill.
From 25 yards, the Moors midfielder, hit a rasping drive that looked destined for the top right but at full stretch, the goalie got fingertips to it and flicked it over the bar.
Then, against the run of play, Kidderminster nearly took the lead. A back-post header looped over Whitehouse but luckily, Mikkel Hirst was perfectly positioned to clear off the line.
It had taken a while to get going, but as the half-time whistle approached, it was end-to-end action. Into added time, and Clarke was foiled yet again, so 0-0 is how it stayed.
As with the weekend, Sam took the opportunity to ring the changes. He gave three trialists the chance to impress, affording some of the starting eleven some well-earned rest.
As a result, the second forty-five never really kicked into life, the substitutions disrupted the tempo and Moors were unable to unlock a stubborn Kidderminster defence.
As for Moors’ backline, skipper Ben Kendrick again led by example, clearing and heading away anything that came near him. He didn’t give the home side a sniff.
It was a half that by in large underwhelmed and the match somewhat petered out as neither side managed to muster any clear sight of goal.
Moors were left kicking themselves, left to rue several clear-cut chances that went awry. It was a disappointing day for the forwards who had been found wanting in front of goal.
On another day Sam’s side would have filled their boots but on this occasion, it wasn’t to be, and they were left kicking the floor in frustration.
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