Preview: Barrow v Harriers
Harriers face another long trip north tomorrow to take on lowly Barrow at Holker Street.
If Harriers manage to avoid defeat tomorrow they will have recovered all of the five points that were taken off them last week by the Conference, a ruling that the club have decided not to appeal against. Avoiding defeat will also move Harriers into one of the play-off places, albeit briefly as those five points are due to be taken off at the end of the coming week. Steve Burr may stick with the same team that brushed aside the challenge of Kettering in midweek but will have more options available to him should he wish; Mark Albrighton is available again after suspension while Lee Vaughan and Michael Briscoe are near to recovery from 'flu. Lee Morris is OK after coming theough his first game after his hamstring injury unscathed and should continue in attack.
Barrow find themselves immediately above the relegation zone, with only goal difference keeping them safe. They have not won for four games and have lost their last two. Player-manager Darren Sheridan will make changes to his side, he has brought in two new players in time for the game - striker Andy Cook arrives on a free transfer from Carlisle United and midfielder Christian Smith comes in on loan from Wrexham. Sheridan himself is unable to play as he is suspended, likewise Robert Hulbert but Simon Spender might be available to play despite leaving the field on a stretcher last time out.
In previous meetings between the clubs Barrow have the upper hand by some margin, recording eleven wins to seven from 21 games, although at Holker Street things are a little closer with Barrow having five wins to four from ten games. Harriers have not beaten Barrow since winning 4-0 at Holker Street in March 1999 and have lost the last five meetings.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-4-2): Lewis; Shaw, Williams, Albrighton, Sharpe; Blair, Briggs, Byrne, Wright; Morris, McPhee.
Subs (from): Vaughan, Hankin, Griffiths, Briscoe, Gittings, Matt, Thompson-Brown, Stevens.
Missing (on-loan): Hadley, Thorne.
The referee tomorrow will be Jake Collin from Liverpool. This will be his sixth time in charge of a Harriers game and second of this season. He was in charge of the opening day win at York this season and in previous campaigns has overseen three Harriers wins and a draw.
Tomorrow's weather forecast for the Barrow area around kick-off time predicts that it will be cloudy and windy with a temperature of 9°C.