Preview: Harriers v Kettering
Harriers are in action again this evening when Kettering Town are the visitors to Aggborough.
Steve Burr may have to make changes to the side that drew at Gateshead on Saturday as the flu bug that kept Tom Sharpe out over the holiday and Lee Vaughan out on Tyneide has now reached Michael Briscoe who faces a fitness test before he can take part tonight, Vaughan is still suffering with it and is unlikely to feature. Nick Wright was substituted on Saturday with an injury but he should be OK to continue and will hope to continue the scoring streak that he has started since returning to the starting line-up. Jamille Matt got trough his substitute appearance unscathed on Saturday and could force his way into the reckoning for a start tonight. Definitely out tonight is Mark Albrighton who completes his suspension.
Kettering are not having a great season, currently lying in 15th place. They won last time out in the derby game at Rushden on Bank Holiday Monday which ended a run of six games without a win. Their league position is being let down by their home form; they have won just once at Rockingham Road in the league all season but have six wins on the road, their last four wins have all come away from home. Boss Marcus Law has been busy in the transfer market recently with three players - John Dempster, James Dance and Greg Taylor all leaving the club. Former Harrier Iyseden Christie is still at the club, however, and was the scorer of both goals in the win over Rushden.
Earlier this season the teams shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Rockingham Road, Chris McPhee scoring a late equaliser for ten-man Harriers. Kettering have the edge in previous meetings with 26 wins to 23 in 68 post-war meetings but at Aggborough it is Harriers who come out on top with 17 wins and 10 draws from 36 games.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-4-2): Lewis; Shaw, Williams, Briscoe, Sharpe; Blair, Briggs, Byrne, Gittings; McPhee, Wright.
Subs (from): Hankin, Morris, Griffiths, Matt, Thompson-Brown, Stevens
Missing (injured): Vaughan.
Missing (suspended): Albrighton.
Missing (on-loan): Hadley, Thorne.
The referee this evening will be Darren Handley from Manchester. This will be his fourth game in charge of Harriers and second of this season. Earlier this term he did the 2-0 win over Wimbledon while previously he was in charge for one other win and a defeat.
Tonight's weather forecast os for Kidderminster to be clear with a temperature of 3°C.