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Preview: Harriers v Boston United
April 14, 2017

Preview: Harriers v Boston United

With games running out fast Harriers need a win this afternoon when Boston United are the visitors to Aggborough.

Having lost to second-from-bottom Stalybridge in midweek, wasting their game in hand, Harriers find themselves six points from leaders Fylde with just four games left to play.  A Harriers win today could see that gap cut to three points as Fylde travel to third placed Halifax.  If the results go the wrong way, however, it could all be over by the end of Monday's games.

Harriers welcome Ashley Carter back into the squad after missing the last four games through suspension but the injured trio of Arthur Gnahoua, Elton Ngwatala and Liam Truslove are all still a doubt.  After the disappointing result in midweek John Eustace may decide to change things round and could hand a first start to Emmanuel Sonupe who looked lively coming off the bench at Bower Fold.  If selected Jared Hodgkiss will be making his 100th appearance for the club.

Boston have had an indifferent season and come to Aggborough in 15th place, although they are safe from relegation.  They currently are on a run of three games unbeaten, and have suffered just one loss in five.  Their defence is tight at the moment with just two goals conceded in their last seven, although they haven't scored in their last two games away from York Street.  Mani Dieseruvwe is currently playing for The Pilgrims on loan from Harriers but won't be able to play this afternoon.

Earlier this season the sides played out a 1-1 draw at York Street in a monsoon, a late equaliser for the home side cancelled out an earlier own goal.  United have a slight edge in previous meetings with 15 wins to 14 from 36 games played.  At Aggborough they lead 7-5 from 17 games and won 4-0 here on their last visit in November 2004 when both sides were in the Football League.

I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hornby; Hodgkiss, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Knights; Nti, Ironside, Waite.
Subs (from): Austin, Carter, Ezewele, A. Palmer, Sonupe, Taylor, Webb, Williams.
Missing (injured): Gnahoua, Ngwatala, Truslove.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Dieseruvwe, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, T. Palmer, Sweeney, Thomas.

Man-in-the-middle today will be Darren Strain from Runcorn.  This will be his fourth Harriers game of the season; previously he officiated the wins over Salford, Gloucester and Curzon.

This afternoon's weather is forecast to be damp with light rain at kick-off time and a temperature around 14°C.

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