BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill gave all four of his new summer signings a welcome run out last night as the club kicked off their pre-season with a workmanlike victory away to Alfreton Town.
Midfielder Kelvin Etuhu, Jacob Mellis, Ben Alnwick and Mido all featured as a brace from Craig Davies did the trick for Hill’s charges as the Championship club did enough to edge their Blue Square Bet Conference Premier hosts in front of a crowd of 671 at the Impact Arena.
Former Chesterfield hitman Davies struck twice in the second half after Hill had made wholesale changes at half-time, with 11 new players introduced after the break following a goalless opening 45 minutes.
New keeper Alnwick started for Hill’s team while fellow former Spurs player Mido was up front in a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Matt Done employed behind the Egyptian international striker.
Midfielder Clark shot wide of the target in the ninth minute in a first half of few chances, while Mido shot over the bar and had an effort saved by former Rotherham and Sheffield United keeper Phil Barnes.
But the Reds played with a lot more freedom in the second half and Davies, introduced into the fray, along with Etuhu and Mellis, put them ahead with a clinical left-foot strike five minutes after the resumption and then added a second, this time with the right boot, slotting home from close-range.
Alfreton pulled a goal back with 20 minutes remaining, but the Reds held firm for a welcome win despite defender Rob Edwards having been forced off with a head injury mid way through the second half.
REDS (first half): Alnwick, Stones, Foster, McNulty, Stead, O’Brien, Hassell, Digby, Clark, Done, Mido.
REDS (second half): Lidakevicius, Wiseman, Edwards, Collins, Golbourne, Perkins, Mellis, Dawson, Etuhu, Dagnall, Davies.