Preview: Cambridge United v Harriers
February 18, 2011

Preview: Cambridge United v Harriers

Harriers are in front of the TV cameras again this evening when they visit struggling Cambridge United.

A win for Harriers would take them into the play-off positions, at least until tomorrow, as Fleetwood dropped points in midweek leaving them just one point ahead of Harriers and having played a game more; tomorrow they face a tough game against Grimsby.  Steve Burr could make changes to the side that beat Altrincham last weekend; Matt Blair came off the bench successfully in that game and could push for a start while Lee Morris and Dave Hankin are both close to a return and will be assessed before the team selection is finalised.  Sean Canham should continue in attack alongside leading scorer Chris McPhee and hope to open his goalscoring account.

United are on a terrible run and have not won for seven games, losing six and drawing one of those matches.  At home they haven't won since November and haven't scored in their last two games.  They could include Shaun Jeffers in their line-up having just joined the club on loan; defender Dave Partridge returns to the side after injury but Rory McAuley is out.  Former Harrier Simon Russell could feature, also.

Earlier in the season the team played out a goalless draw at Aggborough.  The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 2-0 win for United but overall Harriers have the vastly superior record with ten wins and six draws from 20 previous meetings.

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

The referee this evening will be Carl Berry from Surrey; this will be his second Harriers game having done the defeat at Bath City earlier this season.

Tonight's weather is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a temperature of 4°C in Cambridge at kick-off time.

For those who can't make it over to the Abbey, the game can be watched on TV in the Aggborough Suite.