Preview: Harriers v Leamington
August 15, 2017

Preview: Harriers v Leamington

After picking up their first points of the season in Manchester at the weekend Harriers go in search of their first home points this evening.

A first home win for Harriers would see them move towards the top end of the early league table and closer to where they would have been expected to be.

John Eustace will probably stick with the same side that won at FC United on Saturday; having changed the team around they responded with the best performance of the season so far.  That said, the likes of Dan Bradley and Elton Ngwatala aren't fully match fit so we could see use of substitutes earlier than normal if they both start.

Newly promoted Leamington have had a similar start to the season to Harriers, only in reverse.  Winning at Gainsborough on Opening Day they have followed up with home defeats to Tamworth and Southport.  There's a number of familiar faces in The Brakes' squad: Tony Breeden, Callum Gittings, Rob Thompson-Brown, Joe Clarke, Ahmed Obeng and Stefan Moore have all featured for Harriers along with one-time trialist Tom James.

The clubs last met in the 1982-83 season when Leamington won the Southern League but Harriers were promoted in their place; goals from John Powell and Joe Maffei gave Harriers a 2-1 win and a league double over the eventual Champions.  In Leamington's various guises - as Lockheed Leamington and then AP Leamington - the clubs have met 21 times with Harriers winning seven and losing eleven.

I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hall; Williams, Taylor, Daly, Digie; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Sonupe, Ironside, Bradley.
Subs (from): Austin, A. Brown, Joachim, Keane, Nti, Palmer, Truslove, Webb, Weeks.
Missing (injured): Vaughan.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke.

This evening's referee will be Thomas Kirk from Cheshire.  This will be his first time in charge of a Harriers match.

The weather forecast for this evening suggests that it will be partly cloudy with a temperature of 19°C and no chance of rain.