Preview: Harriers v Altrincham
February 12, 2011

Preview: Harriers v Altrincham

After a traumatic week off the field Harriers return to some semblance of normality this afternoon b y focusing on the pitch and the visit of Altrincham.

Steve Burr improved his team selection options yesterday with the loan capture of Hereford United striker Sean Canham who should go straight into the side with Lee Morris still sidelined with the thigh injury that kept him out of the last two matches.  Also still missing through injury is Dave Hankin but Matt Blair could return; he has trained this week and will face a fitness test before a decision is made.  The rest of the squad, however, is fit so Burr should be able to at least name a full squad of 16 this week.  Harriers are hoping for a bumper crowd today, with KHIST's 'Operation Full House' in full swing looking to bring in as many people through the turnstiles to generate extra income to help secure the future of the football club.

Altrincham find themselves in the relegation zone, two points from safety and with the worst goal difference in the league.  They have won just one of their last four games, but away from home are faring slightly better recently with just one defeat from the last four.  The Robins will welcome Greg Young into the defence after he returned to the club on loan from York; Chris Denham is set to miss out with a groin injury but Marc Joseph returns to the side after suspension.

Earlier in the season Harriers came out on top in the meeting at Moss Lane, goals from Callum Gittings and Chris McPhee giving them a 2-1 victory.  Overall Altrincham have the edge in previous meetings with 18 wins to Harriers' 15 in 44 games while at Aggborough they have eight wins to seven from 15 games although Harriers haven't suffered a home defeat in the last ten meetings; the last time Altrincham won in Kidderminster was the final game of the 1993-94 season.

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

The referee this afternoon will be Richard Martin from Somerset.  This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having done the recent 1-1 draw at Forest Green.

The weather for kick-off time in Kidderminster is forecast to be partly cloudy with a temperature of 8°C, currently it is sunny, so the weather can't be used as an excuse for visiting Aggborough today.