Preview: Tamworth v Harriers
January 3, 2011

Preview: Tamworth v Harriers

Harriers can build on Saturday's last-gasp win this afternoon with another local derby, this time at Tamworth.

Steve Burr may be forced into changes to the team again as Jamille Matt tweaked his hamstring in the Forest Green game which could allow Nick Wright into the starting line-up against his former team.  Michael Briscoe and Tom Shaw will also be lining up against their former club but Shaw's place may be at risk as Mike Williams nears fitness and could return.

Tamworth also have a number of players facing their former club; Ross Atkins, Michael Wylde, Neil MacKenzie and one-time trialist Seb Lake-Gaskin have all featured for Harriers.  Des Lyttle's men are on a high after winning at Kettering on Saturday, their first win in 12 games.  Lyttle will be without Kyle Perry who is suspended but may give a first start to on-loan Leicester City starlet Adi Yussuf.

Earlier in the season the two teams shared the points at Aggborough in a 2-2 draw with Harriers' goals coming from Keith Briggs and Jack Byrne.  Overall Harriers have the better of the previous encounters with 32 wins and 12 draws from 61 matches.

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

The referee this afternoon will be Jeremy Simpson from Lancashire.  This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having previously been in the middle for a 4-0 home win over Altrincham in 2008.

This afternoon's weather is forecast to be partly cloudy with a temperature of a nippy -1°C.