Preview: Bath City v Harriers
September 28, 2010

Preview: Bath City v Harriers

Harriers need a repeat of Sunday's performance tonight at lowly Bath if the win over Wimbledon is to count for anything.

Despite having had just two days rest there could be an unchanged team tonight as Harriers look to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.  Steve Burr has a number of options should he decide to change things round, however, with Marc Williams pushing hard for a place in the starting line-up after coming off the bench to score on Sunday as well as Matt Blair who has yet to make a start since his arrival at Aggborough.  John Finnigan is still set to miss out as he recovers from injury but could feature before too long.

Bath have not had the best of times since their return to the top-flight of non-league football, winning just once so far this season and now nine games without victory they find themselves in the relegation zone.  City have a raft of injuries to contend with, with Scott Murray, Luke Ruddick, Gethin Jones, Joe Burnell with Lewis Hogg, Hector Mackie and Adam Connolly all carrying injuries of varying severity.  Coming into the squad, however, is Alex Russell who featured, briefly, in Harriers' reserve side in the 2000-01 season; since then he has featured for a number of League clubs including Torquay, Bristol City, Cheltenham and Exeter.

Harriers and Bath face each other tonight for the first time since December 1996 when Harriers ran out comfortable winners at Aggborough with a 6-0 scoreline.  The last time at Twerton Park also ended in a Harriers win, 3-0 on that occasion.  At Twerton Park City have the edge in previous meetings with 13 wins to 9, but overall it is Harriers who come out on top with 25 wins to 19 from 56 games.

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

The referee this evening will be Carl Berry from Surrey.  This will be his first time in charge of a Harriers game.

Tonight's weather forecast suggests that it will be mostly cloudy with a temperature of 14°C in Bath areound kick-off time.