Preview: Harriers v Fleetwood Town
April 22, 2011

Preview: Harriers v Fleetwood Town

Harriers entertain Fleetwood in front of the TV cameras this evening needing a win to keep their diminishing play-off hopes alive.

A victory will leave Harriers a point behind Fleetwood and needing Town to drop points in their final two games while picking up more points themselves.  Defeat this evening will leave Harriers out of contention for the play-offs.

Steve Burr will probably make changes to the team again tonight.  Lee Morris is fit again and should go straight into the starting line-up; the question is whether the manager will continue with the 4-2-3-1 formation that he has used in recent games or change it, possibly to 4-4-2 pushing leading scorer Chris McPhee into attack alongside Morris.  The only definite absentee tonight is Tom Sharpe who is still recovering from a dislocated knee while on-loan Matt Lowe is doubtful after the ankle injury he picked up in training last week.

Fleetwood, managed by former Harrier Micky Mellon, who was at Aggborough on Tuesday night to see Harriers defeated by Darlington, are on a good run themselves having won their last five games to climb back up the table into the last play-off spot.  Mellon has a fully-fit squad with the exception of defender Nathan Pond who has an ankle injury.

Earlier in the season the game at Highbury ended all square, Jack Byrne's late goal earning Harriers a 1-1 draw.  In previous meetings between the sides Harriers have yet to experience victory, the only other times the teams met, Fleetwood dumped Harriers out of the FA Cup in a replay.

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

Tonight's referee is Rob Merchant from Staffordshire.  This will be his sixth time in charge of a Harriers game and third of this season.  This season he was in the middle for the FA Cup defeat against York and the Conference win over Wrexham.  In previous campaigns he oversaw two Harriers wins and one defeat.

The weather forecast for this evening suggests that there will be scattered showers and a temperature of 19°C.