Preview: Harriers v Cambridge United
September 18, 2010

Preview: Harriers v Cambridge United

This afternoon Harriers look to build upon their recent improvement in form and record a third straight win when Cambridge United come to Aggborough.

Currently on their longest unbeaten run since March Harriers look for a third win in-a-row for the first time since March 2009.  There may be changes to the side that beat Hayes & Yeading United last weekend; Michael Briscoe and Jack Byrne both left that game on a stretcher but their injuries have proven not to be as serious as first feared and could feature if they pass late fitness tests.  Lee Morris who missed that game with a groin problem should also be available while the Williams brothers both featured for Wales Under-23 against England C in midweek and came back unscathed.  The only player certain to miss out is John Finnigan who is still some way from match fitness.

Cambridge have not had a great start to the season, they still seek their first away win of the campaign and in the four games that they have played away from Abbey Stadium so far have scored just one goal.  They have, however, won their last two home games to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.  They are still behind Harriers in the league, though, sitting in 17th two points back.  Manager Martin Ling will be without Adam Miller and Conal Platt who are long-term injury victims.  He may be able to call upon the services of Kevin Roberts who is back in training after a hamstring injury.  Former Harrier Simon Russell should feature in the United line-up.

Harriers have a favourable record against United, the corresponding fixture last season ended in a 1-0 win with the only goal of the game coming from Brian Smikle.  Harriers have won six of the ten previous games at Aggborough and lost just two and overall have won then games to four from 19 previous encounters.

I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-4-2): Lewis; Vaughan, Mike Williams, Albrighton, Thorne; McPhee, Briggs, Shaw, Gittings; Wright, Marc Williams.
Subs (from): Hankin, Morris, Byrne, Griffiths, Sharpe, Briscoe, Blair, Hadley, Stevens.
Missing (injured): Finnigan, Verma.

The referee this afternoon is Andy Madley from West Yorkshire.  This will be his second Harriers game, have done the 2-2 draw with Ebbsfleet United last season.

This afternoon's weather is forecast to be partly cloudy with a temperature of 15°C.