Preview: Crawley Town v Harriers
October 1, 2010

Preview: Crawley Town v Harriers

Having knocked the leaders off the top of the league last weekend Harreirs must repeat the feat tomorrow to bounce back from their midweek defeat at Bath with a tough trip to big-spending Crawley.

With the exception of John Finnigan Steve Burr has a full squad to choose from.  Following on from the defeat at Bath he may choose to make changes to the side with Marc Williams and Nick Wright hoping to celebrate their international call-ups with returns to the starting line-up, Marc's brother Mike has also been called up to the Wales Semi-Pro squad for their upcoming game against Poland while Wright is in the England C squad to face Estonia.

Crawley have made a number of high-profile, big-money signings which so far have paid off with The Red Devils sitting atop the league with eight wins from their opening twelve games; they returned to the top of the league in midweek by coming from behind to beat Tamworth 3-1.  Steve Evans will give a fitness test to Kyle McFadzean before selecting his team, he may also have to do without Adam Quinn who is also carrying an injury.

The corresponding fixture last season, Burr's first in charge of Harriers, ended in a 2-2 draw with Harriers' goals coming from Finnigan and Chris McPhee.  Harriers have only once won at Broadfield Stadium in the past but overall have the edge against Crawley with four wins to three from ten previous meetings.

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

The referee tomorrow will be Rob Whitton from Essex.  This will be his second Harriers game, three years ago he was in charge of the 2-1 defeat at Histon.

Tomorrow's weather should be mostly cloudy with a temperature of 17°C.