Preview: Eastbourne Borough v Harriers
April 15, 2011

Preview: Eastbourne Borough v Harriers

Every game is like a cup final for Harriers between now and the end of the season with tomorrow's trip to Eastbourne being no exception.

A Harriers victory would condemn Borough to relegation and be a big boost in their own charge towards a place in the play-offs.  Steve Burr should have more options available to him when he makes his team selection; skipper Keith Briggs is back after missing the trip to Grimsby to be at the birth of his son, while Michael Briscoe and Mike Williams played through that game carrying injuries and will do the same tomorrow.  Lee Morris is nearing fitness but tomorrow's game is probably a few days too soon for him, the big home games against Darlington and Fleetwood are more likely for him.  On-loan Matt Lowe will have to wait a little longer to make his debut, he picked up an injury in training this week and will not play.

Second-from-bottom Eastbourne are clearly having a dreadful season, their second in the top flight of non-league football.  Their current form sees them on a run of just one win in the last eight games, the other seven all ending in defeat; they have lost the last four home games and haven't scored in the last two.  The leakiest defence in the league has conceded 97 goals so far, including nine in the last two games; two of the goals in their 3-0 defeat at Gateshead in midweek came from former Harrier Andy Ferrell.

Earlier in the season goals from Morris and Marc Williams gave Harriers a 2-1 victory.  The corresponding fixture last season ended goal-less, an outcome that would be no good for either side tomorrow.  Overall Harriers have the best of previous meetings with three wins and a draw from five games.

I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-2-3-1): Lewis; Vaughan, Williams, Briscoe, Albrighton; Briggs, Byrne; Wright, McPhee, Blair; Canham.
Subs (from): Shaw, Hankin, Gittings, Matt, Thompson-Brown, Stevens, Taylor.
Missing (injured): Lowe, Morris, Sharpe.
Missing (on-loan): Griffiths.

The referee tomorrow will be John Hopkins from Essex.  This will be his third Harriers game, and second of the season; just a ew weeks ago he was in charge of the win at Wimbledon, previously he did a 1-1 draw at St Albans.

Tomorrow's weather forecast suggests that it will be partly cloudy with a temperature around 13°C