Cheltenham Town video: One out of three for Kotwica but Harriers pay the penalty
CHELTENHAM TOWN RES 2 KIDDERMINSTER HAR RES 1
ZACK Kotwica converted one penalty before missing two more as Cheltenham Town edged a training ground friendly against Kidderminster Harriers yesterday.
The young winger, who signed a two-year professional contract last week, caught the eye in the first half, causing problems for Kidderminster's defence with his pace and trickery.
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He was pulled back in the 13th minute and referee Ian Hamilton pointed to the spot.
Kotwica confidently stroked past Nathan Vaughan from 12 yards to give Cheltenham the lead.
Ed Williams and Joe Hanks went close to adding a second, but Kidderminster somehow scrambled the ball to safety.
Cheltenham were lucky not to concede in the 23rd minute, but they were awarded another penalty ten minutes later after a trip on Ed Williams.
Kotwica stepped up again, but Vaughan parried and as both players attempted to reach the loose ball, the goalkeeper caught Kotwica and another penalty was awarded immediately.
He had no hesitation in trying his luck again, but Vaughan guessed right and pushed Kotwica's third penalty to safety.
Vaughan's heroics continued as he flew to his right to deflect a powerful header from Ryan Inniss around the post after a free-kick delivery by Billy Jones.
Ashley Vincent curled one narrowly wide before half-time as the score remained 1-0.
But Cheltenham extended their advantage in the first minute of the second period.
Vincent's corner from the left was met by the head of Keith Lowe and it bounced over the line.
Mark Yates is expected to make changes for Saturday's trip to Accrington Stanley and Lowe is one of the players pushing for inclusion at right-back.
On the opposite flank, Billy Jones was forced off in the 54th minute with a knee injury and second year scholar James Bowen went on his place.
Kidderminster pulled one back on the hour when Joe Lolley weaved past several half-hearted challenges before beating Connor Roberts with a fine finish.
Roberts made several smart stops to keep Cheltenham in front as Kidderminster piled on some late pressure.
The pick of his saves was to deny Danny Jackman from almost point-blank range and the Wales Under-21 international was one of a number of bright performances in the Cheltenham side.
The likes of Inniss, Lowe, Vincent and Kotwica will all be hoping to have forced their way into Yates' thoughts for a first start of the season at the Crown Ground.
Youth team pair Harry Williams and Adam Powell were both given a taste of the action late on.
Cheltenham Town: C Roberts; K Lowe, S Hamilton, R Inniss, B Jones (J Bowen 54); E Williams (H Williams 61) J Taylor, J Hanks, Z Kotwica (A Powell 88); A Vincent, B Dale.
Referee: I Hamilton.