Preview: Harriers v Stockport County
Every game is a test for Harriers at the moment and this afternoon's is another big one when Stockport come to Aggborough.
Needing to bounce back from last weekend's defeat at Chorley Harriers face another of their promotion rivals in a County side who are unbeaten in 12 league matches.
The injured duo of Sam Hornby and Zaine Francis-Angol have been back in training and if available manager John Eustace will probably want to include them in the team today to put out his strongest eleven.
County have not been beaten in a league game since November when Bradford Park Avenue were victorious at Edgeley Park. In that time they have won seven and drawn five, conceding just eleven and keeping six clean sheets. Last time out they beat local rivals FC United of Manchester at home in front of a National League North record crowd of 5630.
Earlier in the season Harriers came out on top of a close encounter with Ryan Croasdale scoring the only goal of the game. Honours are even in the previous meetings of the clubs with two wins each from five games played. Last time at Aggborough Harriers won 4-0, a result that condemned County to relegation from the division above.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): A. Palmer; Williams, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Waite, A. Brown, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, Carter, Dieseruvwe, Ezewele, Knights, T. Palmer, Taylor, Thomas, Truslove.
Missing (on-loan): AJ. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, Hodgkiss, Sweeney.
The referee this afternoon will be Robert Massey-Ellis. This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having done the 2-1 home win over Darlington earlier this season.
This afternoon's weather is forecast to be showery with a temperature of 10°C and a 45% chance of rain.