Preview: Forest Green v Harriers
Harriers are back in action again this evening looking to build on Saturday's win over Barrow with a trip to The New Lawn to face Forest Green.
Steve Burr is likely to change the team around a little to give fringe players some action and rest some others to keep the squad fresh as they strive to recover the ground lost by the five point deduction handed out by the Conference. Tom Sharpe will not feature as he has yet to fully recover from the injury he picked up at Barrow, nor will Kyle Hadley is will be released from his contract later this week. Jamille Matt, Tom Shaw, Callum Gittings and Dave Hankin all could come in to the starting line-up after being on the bench at the weekend. Victory tonight would give Harriers a league double over Rovers, their first for this season.
After a poor start to the season Rovers have picked up somewhat of late and have lost just three of their last ten games after a 12-game winless streak and have moved out of the bottom four and sit a point clear of the drop zone. Manager David Hockaday is likely to give a starting place to striker Reece Styche who came off the bench to score Rovers' goal in the weekend defeat at York.
Harriers won the game at Aggborough earlier this season with Chris McPhee scoring the only goal; the same player also scored Harriers' goal in the corresponding fixture last season that ended all square leaving Harriers still in search of their first Conference win at Forest Green. Overall the record is even in previous meetings with four wins each from 16 games but at The Lawn / New Lawn Rovers have the best with three wins to one in all competitions.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-4-2): Lewis; Vaughan, Williams, Briscoe, Albrighton; Hankin, Briggs, Byrne, Gittings; McPhee, Matt.
Subs (from): Shaw, Morris, Griffiths, Wright, Blair, Thompson-Brown, Stevens.
Missing (injured): Sharpe.
Missing (on-loan): Thorne.
The referee tonight will be Richard Martin from Somerset. This will be his first time in charge of a Harriers game.
Tonight's weather forecast suggests that it will be wet with light rain and a temperature around 6°C.