Match: Kidderminster Harriers v Villa
Date: Saturday 14th July
Bunn, N Taylor (Vassilev 83), Lansbury (Walker 76), Grealish (Cox 67), Suliman, Hutton (Ramsey 76), Elphick, Gardner (Brunt 76), Adomah (Prosser 67), Clarke, Knibbs (McConnachie 83). SUBS NOT USED: Odutayo, Pressley, Patterson, Sinisalo
An equaliser from Harvey Knibbs ensured Villa shared the spoils in their other opening pre-season clash with Kidderminster.
The young striker slotted home from close range after some good work from Jack Grealish, in-turn cancelling out the hosts’ opener that came just a minute earlier.
As expected, Villa went on to dominate for long periods of the game and came closest to a winner through Gary Gardner just after the half-hour mark, but his strike cannoned back off the post.
All in all it was a good workout for Villa, with the travelling faithful getting the chance to see a strong mix of youth and experience.
Hutton on form
It wasn’t just the new away kit that stood at Aggborough, but also the performance of captain Alan Hutton.
Fresh from signing a new contract in the summer, the Scot looked as bright as ever, providing a constant threat down the right-hand side and was unlucky not to see much of his invention come to fruition.
It was also refreshing to see the way in which he guided the youngsters who got a run out, leading and educating them throughout his 76 minutes on the pitch.
He was a class above, as expected. His assist for our goal came after an excellent run through the heart of the Harriers' midfield, before he slid in Knibbs to level up.
Grealish also saw a number of shots blocked as he attempted to take the game by the scruff of the neck and it was only some last-ditch defending from the hosts that stopped his performance being rewarded with a goal.
We now go to Walsall on Tuesday, where Steve Bruce will likely select a combined side from the one that drew here and beat Telford in our other friendly on Saturday.
Then, it's off to Burton Albion next weekend, before facing West Ham United and later German side Dynamo Dresden.
Our first Sky Bet Championship match of the season is away at Hull City three weeks on Monday.
Goal time: Knibbs (15:45)