Preview: Harriers v Grimsby Town
Harriers face Grimsby Town at Aggborough this afternoon thanks once again to TV scheduling that didn't involve them.
Steve Burr, who along with Nick Wright will travel to Tallinn in Estonia to meet up with the England C squad after the game, may have to make changes to the side that beat Gateshead in midweek as Harriers look to stretch their unbeaten home run to six games. Ollie Thorne limped out of that game with a thigh problem and is set to miss out, Mark Albrighton should continue in his place after replacing him on Tuesday, while Lee Vaughan has been ill since then and Chris McPhee has had a calf injury but both should be OK to play. Lee Morris may return in attack, particularly as Marc Williams is set to join up with the Welsh Under-23 squad for a midweek fixture although Williams will be hoping to keep his place after making a rare start in midweek.
Grimsby have had a mixed start to the season but after Thursday's 3-3 draw at Forest Green they found themselves in seventh place in the league just two points off the play-offs, but with the middle of the league table being so congested defeat this afternoon could see them slip below Harriers. They have suffered some surprise results so far this season, losing at home to both Fleetwood and Hayes & Yeading while on the road they are five games without a win. Manager Neil Woods may be able to bring Rob Atkinson into the side for the first time this season, he has been out for the whole campaign so far having had surgery on a hernia; if Atkinson is not selected Scott Garner could return instead.
The two teams have met just twice before, in the Football League in Harriers' ill-fated relegation season. The Mariners ran out victorious on both occasions winning 2-1 at Blundell Park and 4-1 at Aggborough.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-4-2): Lewis; Vaughan, Mike Williams, Briscoe, Albrighton; Blair, Briggs, Byrne, Gittings; McPhee, Marc Williams.
Subs (from): Finnigan, Shaw, Hankin, Morris, Griffiths, Wright, Sharpe, Hadley, Stevens.
Missing (injured): Thorne.
The referee this afternoon will be Matthew Bristow from Manchester. Thiw will be his third Harries game; last season hw as in charge of the 2-0 win at Matlock in the FA Trophy and the 3-0 home win over Histon.
The weather for this afternoon is forecast to be partly cloudy with the temperature around 17°C.