Preview: Kettering Town v Harriers
October 16, 2010

Preview: Kettering Town v Harriers

Harriers travel to play Kettering Town at Rockingham Road this afternoon in search of their first away win since September 4.

Having bounced back from two defeats in their last two away games with two wins on home soil Harriers are getting back into form and Steve Burr will be hoping to name a similar side to the one that beat Grimsby last weekend but he has a number of injury concerns to deal with.  Mike Williams was forced to miss Wales Under-23's midweek game with a hip injury, and his brother Marc picked up a knock that made him miss training during the week.  Jack Byrne and Callum Gittings have injuries that will need to be assessed before kick-off while John Finnigan is still not ready for selection.  Ollie Thorne is progressing but Mark Albrighton is likely to continue in his place.  One player who will definitely not feature is Kyle Hadley who has joined Conference North side Harrogate Town on a three-month loan.

Kettering's form has picked up since appointing Marcus Law as their new manager, winning the three games that they have played since he took charge, taking his personal unbeaten run to 64 games.  Law will be without Ashley Westwood who is suspended - last weekend he was sent-off on his return from injury and will miss the next four games - but John Dempster returns from suspension.  On the injury front Sol Davis is likely to miss the game while front men Moses Ashikodi and former Harrier Iyseden Christie are long-term absentees.

The same fixture last season ended in a 2-0 win for Harriers thanks to goals from Duane Courtney and Matt Barnes-Homer, a result that ended a sequence of three 1-0 Poppies wins.  Over the years Harriers have not had the best of times at Rockingham Road winning just six times and losing 17 from 31 games; overall the record is closer with Kettering edging it 26 wins to 23 from 67 games.

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

The referee this afternoon will be Steve Cook from Surrey.  This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game; he previously was in the middle of a 2-1 win at Stevenage Borough in April 2007.

This afternoon's weather is forecast to be partly cloudy with a temperature of 12°C.