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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Kumba-ya My Lord.

Friday evening saw our beloved R's take to the field for our pre-season friendly and get us on the road to the start of the Premiership season.
A few of the Lofty Heights gang made the trip to check out how things were shaping up.

For me it all started with a journey from Staines down the M25 to pick Jess up before heading back up the M25 and battle the nightmare rush hour traffic and make our way up to Harrow Borough.
Having arrived in good time, Jess and I made our way to the bar to meet up with Lofty, Jo and Charlotte for a pre match drink and catch up. We were later joined by the Bowen family, who at the last minute decided to make the long trip from Wales to see the game(that's dedication for you!).

The starting 11 were - Cerny, Orr, Hall, Trialist(Bruno Peroni), Hill; Derry, Faurlin; Trialist(Danny Webber), Vaagen Moen, Smith; Helguson.

The first half wasn't a great spectacle to watch but then again they never are during pre-season.
Harrow Borough looked the more threatening team to score and carved out five or six decent opportunities to opening the scoring but Cerny was proving difficult to beat and near the end of the first half he pulled off a truly fantastic save, flying to his left hand side to tip the ball around the post.
Rangers' barely threatened in the opening 45minutes and only had Vaagen Moen's dipping volley that flew over and a Tommy Smith curler from outside the box that got close but on the whole Rangers' would've gone in happy at 0-0 and look to press of when the substitutions were made at half time.
One shining light of the first half was the arrival of Sam and Luke fresh from a hospital visit which they were told they were going to be the parents of very healthy twin boys that are due to arrive in December.
Congratulations to them both!!!

At half time we made our way back to the bar for a distraction from the football and another excuse to have a quick drink.

We arrived for the second half about ten minutes late but luckily we had not missed a thing.

The second half team was - Cerny; Orr, Shittu, Gorkss, Trialist(Kumba), Ephraim, Connolly, Vaagen Moen; Trialist(Danny Webber), Hulse, Agyemang.

The first piece of action we saw as we reached our destination in the stand was a crunching tackle by Kumba right in front of us.
About 10 minutes later we witnessed our first goal, and what a cracker it was!
Rangers' were awarded a free kick about 35 yards from goal and the Trialist Kumba.
Kumba put his arm up as if he was setting up for a set piece rehearsed in the training ground but as he approached the ball he unleashed a thunderbolt that was only going in one place, the top corner! The 'keeper had no chance at all and didnt even move.
Rangers' did create a few more chances with Agyemang missing two relatively easy looking chances and Rob Hulse missing a chance or two also.
Peter Ramage and Michael Doughty came on for the final 10-15 minutes to stretch their legs.

All in all this was a good work out for the first pre-season friendly.
Harrow looked like a very decent team and in the first half they really did look like a good passing side and did create opportunities that troubled us at the back.
It's easy to see how Harrow have produced some really talented players over the last few years that have progressed on to play at Football League clubs.
It's early days yet and there's plenty more work to be done before the season begins.

Kumba looked like a decent left back and it well worth another look at when we are in Cornwall. He's got plenty of pace, is not afraid to get stuck in and has a mean free kick on him, watch out for the highlights on QPR World when they become available.

Harrow Borough: Jupp, Frempong, Marsh-Brown, Walters, Leech, Ijaha, Constant, McGonigle, Morlese, Orphanu, Delgado.

Subs: Fraser, Hall, Pither, Lawrence, Rowe, Chanda, Fenton, Mensah, James.

QPR: Cerny, Orr, Hill, Derry, Hall, Peroni, Webber, Vaagan Moen, Helguson, Smith, Faurlin.

Subs: Putnins, Gorkss, Ephraim, Ramage, Connolly, Hulse, Kumba, Agyemang, Shittu, Doughty.

Goals: Trialist (62)

Attendance: 1,688


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