Preview: Nuneaton Town v Harriers
Harriers travel to Nuneaton this evening looking to get their season kick-started after Saturday's disappointing Opening Day defeat.
Nuneaton suffered an even worse start to the campaign they were beaten 4-0 at Harrogate at the weekend, suggesting that they will not be as difficult to break down as Chorley were. They will, however, be determined to try to prevent a repeat of Saturday's outcome.
Dan Bradley will go into the squad following his move from Fylde yesterday but as he has not featured much for The coasters in pre-season and isn't yet up to full fitness he will probably start on the bench. Even though the game didn't end as hoped on Saturday manager John Eustace was pleased with the performance and may decide to go with the same team. Joe Ironside will lead the line against his former club.
Nuneaton have been busy in the transfer market this summer, manager and former Harrier Tommy Wright has brought in Ashley Chambers from Grimsby, Dan Brenan from Hednesford, Niall Heaton from Alfreton, Courtney and Luther Wildin, Ryan Beswick from Solihull, Alex Henshall from Braintree, Brady Hickey from Barwell, Luke Trotman from Luton and Callum Ball - also from Barwell. With so many new faces in the side they clearly are still some way from gelling and Harriers will need to capitalise quickly. There are still some players left from last season including former Harrier Kelvin Langmead.
Last season the corresponding fixture ended in a 2-0 win for Harriers with goals from James McQuilkin and Mani Dieseruvwe, Harriers also won the return game at Aggborough 4-0. Overall there have been 40 meetings between the clubs since 1945 with Harriers winning 18 and losing 12.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hall; Austin, Keane, Daly, Williams; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Weeks; Nti, Ironside, Sonupe.
Subs (from): Bradley, A. Brown, J. Brown, Digie, Joachim, Ngwatala, Palmer, Truslove, Webb.
Missing (injured): Vaughan.
Missing (on-loan): Clarke.
Refereeing the game tonight will be Simon Mather from Manchester. This will be his third time in charge of a Harriers game; last season he did the 4-0 win over Nuneaton and 3-1 win over Bradford Park Avenue.
The weather this evening is forecast to be showery with a 35% chance of rain and a temperature around 13°C.