Preview: Salford City v Harriers
August 19, 2017

Preview: Salford City v Harriers

Harriers head towards Manchester again this afternoon looking for a third consecutive victory

After a shaky start Harriers have got their season going with wins at FC United and against Leamington that have moved them into the top ten and another victory would see them move over today's opponents Salford.

John Eustace may go with the same team that beat Leamington in midweek; skipper Ryan Croasdale missed that game for personal reasons and may not be back with the squad, yet, in which case Declan Weeks would continue to deputise, although Liam Truslove may return to the squad after missing the win over Leamington with an injury picked up FC United.  Junior Joachim will be pressing for a first start after looking lively and setting up a goal when coming off the bench for his debut in midweek but to get into the side he will have to displace leading scorer Manny Sonupe.

Salford themselves are on a three-game winning streak; they were beaten at home by Darlington on Opening Day but have followed up by seeing off the challenges of Chorley, Telford and Stockport.  City have seen a number of changes to their squad over the summer so will be pleased that they new faces seem to have hit the ground running.  Of their current 19-man first team squad, only five were with the club last season; there is one face that will be familiar to Harriers fans, though, as they signed Mani Dieseruvwe who was at Aggborough last season.

The games between the clubs last season, the first-ever meetings of the sides, both ended in home wins: James McQuilkin scoring the only goal of the game while at Moor Lane one of Harriers' most disappointing performances of the season saw them crash 3-0.

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

The man-in-the-middle will be David Underwood from Blackpool.  this will be his first time in charge of a Harriers game.

This afternoon's weather in the Manchester area is forecast to be cloudy with a 20% chance of rain and a temperature around 16°C.