Preview: Harriers v Tamworth
Harriers face a tricky local derby against Tamworth this afternoon as they go in search of their first home win of the season.
After Saturday's disappointing defeat at Newport Harriers will be looking to bounce back quickly. Steve Burr will make changes to the side; Marc Williams is again unavailable as he is now on international duty with the Wales Under-21 squad, Lee Morris should come into the starting line up in his place after impressing when coming off the bench at Newport. Chris McPhee could continue in defence in place of Tom Sharpe who left the game with a head injury on Saturday, but Mark Albrighton could also come back into the side after his hamstring injury. In midfield Jack Byrne could come back into the side in place of on-loan Aman Verma who offered little on his debut. Tom Shaw, Michael Briscoe and Nick Wright will hope to start against the club that they all left in the summer.
Tamworth are on a high after beating title favourites Luton Town 3-1 at The Lamb on Saturday, a win that lifted them up to eighth in the table, although with the table as close as it is a three-goal Harriers win this afternoon would lift Harriers above Tamworth. As on Saturday Harriers will be up against a number of former players; Tamworth currently have Ross Atkins in the squad along with Neil MacKenzie, Michael Wylde and Aaron Farrell.
Since returning to the Conference Harriers have failed to beat Tamworth, six meetings have seen three draws and three defeats. In those games Harriers have scored just twice and haven't scored at Aggborough. Overall, however, the picture looks far better as they have won 32 and drawn 11 of 60 previous games.
I expect Harriers to line up as follows (4-4-2): Lewis; Vaughan, Briscoe, McPhee, Mike Williams; Hankin, Briggs, Shaw, Byrne; Morris, Wright.
Subs (from): Albrighton, Griffiths, Blair, Hadley, Verma, Stevens.
Missing (injured): Finnigan, Sharpe, Gittings.
Missing (international duty): Marc Williams.
This afternoon's referee will be Dean Mohareb from Cheshire. This will be the sixth time he has refereed a Harriers game; last season he was in charge of the dreadful FA Cup replay at Fleetwood Town. Previously he was in charge of two wins a draw and a defeat.
The weather forecast for this afternoon suggests that it will be sunny with a temperature of 17°C.