Defeat in First Friendly: Harriers 0-4 Derby County
July 11, 2017

Defeat in First Friendly: Harriers 0-4 Derby County

Championship side Derby gave Harriers a stern test in their first public friendly of the summer, running out comfortable winners.

The higher-ranked side sent their full first team side and their superiority showed, particularly in the first half of the game. County needed just seven minutes to open the scoring; David Nugent firing through a crowded penalty area after the Harriers defence had failed to clear.

Craig Bryson took the ball around Harriers' trialist goalkeeper to roll it into the empty net to double the advantage in the 17th minute. The third, and arguably best, goal came just past the half hour; Chris Martin guiding a first-time volley past the keeper from Marcus Olsson's cross.

At the interval both teams changed their line-ups, only Harriers' Tyrone Williams stayed on from the first half. Harriers' side now contained nine trialists who all looked comfortable on the ball with a couple of them looking worth watching for longer.

Darren Bent completed the scoring on 72 minutes, heading home Nick Blackman's cross from the right.