Preview: Harriers v AFC Wimbledon
There's another tough test for Harriers this afternoon when the league's joint leaders AFC Wimbledon come to Aggborough.
Improving Harriers are now five games unbeaten but will have to be at their best if they are to record their second home win of the season and keep the unbeaten run going. John Finnigan is the only definite absentee again, although he is nearing fitness and could be considered for Tuesday's trip to Bath City; several players have slight knocks but should be OK to take part: Ollie Thorne, Callum Gittings, Dave Hankin and Lee Vaughan all picked up minor injuries during the midweek trip to Fleetwood. Nick Wright should be OK to figure, also, having missed the Fleetwood draw with 'flu.
Wimbledon have lost just twice all season, on Thursday they beat Crawley 2-1 to go to the top of the league; that game was played in front of the TV cameras and is the reason for today's game being switched from yesterday. They have now won three of the last four and have the league's leading scorer in one-time Harriers trialist Danny Kedwell who has hit the net nine times so far. Manager Terry Brown will give fitness tests to Ismail Yakubu and Christian Jolley before deciding his team, if they do not make it Ed Harris and Fraser Franks will continue to deputise.
The two teams met for the first time last season with each game ending in a 1-0 away win; Harriers' goal at Kingmeadow coming from Matthew Barnes-Homer, Kedwell was The Dons' scorer at Aggborough.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-4-2): Lewis; Vaughan, Mike Williams, Briscoe, Thorne; McPhee, Briggs, Byrne, Gittings; Morris, Wright.
Subs (from): Shaw, Albrighton, Hankin, Griffiths, Sharpe, Blair, Hadley, Marc Williams, Stevens.
Missing (injured): Finnigan.
This afternoon's referee will be Darren Handley from Manchester; this will be his third time in charge of a Harriers game. Last season he did the win over Eastbourne and hte season before he was in charge of the FA Trophy win over Burscough.
The weather at Aggborough this afternoon is forecast to be partly cloudy with a temperature of 14°C.