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Play-Off Preview: Harriers v Chorley
May 7, 2017

Play-Off Preview: Harriers v Chorley

Harriers take a slender lead into this afternoon's Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg as they entertain Chorley.

Wednesday's win at Victory Park put Harriers in the driving seat ahead of what will be a tough test against one of the meanest defences and most physical sides in the league.

Harriers are likely to be unchanged from the side that won the first leg; Elton Ngwatala remains a major doubt and may not feature, instead having to wait until the Final should Harriers reach it, while Josh Ezewele will definitely miss out.

Chorley's Matt Jansen will again be without the suspended Jack Sampson, so Jason Walker will likely continue in his place; Ritchie Branagan returned from injury in Wednesday's game and came through unscathed.  Defender Stephen Jordan who was missing with injury on Wednesday could come into contention for a recall.

Arthur Gnahoua's strike gave Harriers their first win over the Magpies this season having failed to beat them in either league meeting.  That midweek victory brought Harriers level in terms of games won between the sides, both now on three from the seven games played.

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

This afternoon's referee will be Joe Hull from Stockport.  This will be his fifth time in the middle of a Harriers game, all this season.  So far he has done the wins at Nuneaton and at home to Telford and Harrogate and the home draw with Fylde.

The weather forecast for kick-off time suggests that it will be sunny with a temperature of 17°C and no chance of rain.

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