Preview: Fleetwood Town v Harriers
September 21, 2010

Preview: Fleetwood Town v Harriers

Improving Harriers face a tough test this evening when they visit high-flying Fleetwood Town looking to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

Steve Burr made keep faith with the team that earned the first clean sheet of the season against Cambridge United on Saturday.  There are no new injury problems for the boss to worry about, only John Finnigan remains on the sidelines.  A number of players will be hoping for team changes, however, as they are pressing for places in the starting line-up; Marc Williams may start in attack if only to rest Lee Morris who may not yet be up to playing two games in four days while Matt Blair is still looking to make his first start for the club.

Fleetwood are enjoying life in the top flight of non-league football so far, unbeaten in the last four and with three wins out of four at Highbury, they currently sit fifth in the Conference.  They have a number of injury problems; first-choice 'keeper Danny Hurst has a shoulder injury, so Scott Davies will continue in his place, Junior Brown is also injured.  On the positive front Jamie McGuire is available again after suspension.

The two clubs have only met twice in the past; in the FA Cup last season a draw at Aggborough was followed up by a very disappointing Harriers performance at Hiughbury that saw them crash to a 3-1 defeat.

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

This evening's referee is Darren Bond from Lancashire.  This will be his third time in charge of a Harriers game; last season he was in the middle for the 3-2 win over Lewes in the FA Trophy and the 1-0 win over Cambridge.

The weather forecast suggests that Fleetwood will be mostly cloudy at kick-off time with a temperature in the region of 16°C.