Preview: Harriers v Luton Town
April 2, 2011

Preview: Harriers v Luton Town

Harriers face yet another massive game this afternoon when play-off rivals Luton Town come to Aggborough.

Steve Burr will probably make just one change to the side that won at Mansfield last weekend, Tom Shaw is still a major doubt after picking up a foot injury in that game so Callum Gittings and Jack Byrne will both be hoping to get a start in his place.  The only other players missing will be Tom Sharpe who is recovering from his dislocated knee and Aaron Griffiths who was yesterday sent out on loan to Stourbridge for the rest of the season.

Luton changed manager this week, Richard Money leaving the club by "mutual consent" (ie sacked), to be replaced by his assistant Gary Brabin.  Brabin got his tenure off to a disappointing start in midweek, The Hatters being held at home to a goalless draw by Barrow.  He will hope for better today though, and will welcome back Alex Lawless who was suspended in midweek and Jason Walker who wasn't allowed to play against his parent club while Dan Gleeson and Claude Gnapka are available after injury.  For most teams Town's season would be considered a success, third in the league and on course for a play-off spot and semi-finalists in the FA Trophy, but that wasn't enough for Money to keep his job.  In the league they have lost just one of their last eight fixtures, that defeat coming in their last game away from Kenilworth Road going down 2-1 at Southport.

Earlier in the season the teams played out a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road, the first time in six meetings that Harriers had got a result other than a defeat.  The same fixture last season ended in a 2-1 win for The Hatters with Harriers' goal coming from Matt Barnes-Homer who will line up for the other side this afternoon.

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

Today's referee will be Andy Madley from West Yorkshire.  This will be his third time in charge of a Harriers game and second of this season.  Earlier this season he was in the middle for the goalless home draw with Cambridge United, last term he did the 2-2 draw with Ebbsfleet at Aggborough.

The weather forecast for this afternoon suggests that it will be mostly cloudy with a temperature of 14°C in Kidderminster at kick-off time.