Preview: Harriers v York
November 30, 2010

Preview: Harriers v York

As things stand Harriers will entertain York in one of only two Conference games of the night as all of the others have fallen foul of the weather.

The ground has passed two inspections so far and is being cleared of snow, so unless the weather takes a turn for the worse the game should go on.  At the time of writing Rushden's game with Cambridge is still on.

Steve Burr will make at least on change to the side that beat Eastbourne last time out as striker Marc Williams has returned to Wrexham; Chris McPhee will most likely move back into the attack with Jack Byrne returning from suspension to take his place in midfield.  There are alternatives, however, as both new loan players will hope to make their debuts, Craig Lindfield in attack and Mitchell McPike in midfield.  There are slight injury concerns over Jamille Matt and Mike Williams with the latter the most likely to miss out, Aaron Griffiths will probably come in for Williams if he doesn't make it.

York were the last team to overcome Harriers at Aggborough, knocking them out of the FA Cup in October and since then have lost just once and are now six games unbeaten and have won the last four, including Saturday's FA Cup win at Darlington that earned them a Third Round trip to Premiership Bolton.  City have a number of injury doubts, Jonathan Smith, Danny Parslow, Michael Rankine and Ashley Chambers all have minor injuries or illness.

I expect Harriers to line up as follows (4-4-2): Lewis; Vaughan, Williams, Briscoe, Sharpe; Hankin, Briggs, Byrne, Blair; Morris, McPhee.
Subs (from): Shaw, Albrighton, Griffiths, Wright, Gittings, Matt, Thorne, Thompson-Brown, Stevens, Lindfield, McPike.
Missing (on-loan): Hadley.

The referee tonight will be Stuart Burt from Northamptonshire; this will his third time in charge of a Harriers game but first at Aggborough.  Last season he did the goalless draw at Ebbsfleet and 2-0 defeat at Cambridge.

Tonight's weather will be cold, the forecast suggest that there will be scattered snow showers and the temperature will be at -1°C at kick-off time.