Preview: Brackley Town v Harriers
There's a tough test for Harriers this afternoon when they visit unbeaten Brackley Town.
The early leaders were knocked off top spot on Saturday after dropping their first points of the season in a goalless draw at Chorley. Buoyed by Saturday's win over Alfreton Harriers will look to follow up with a second consecutive victory to move towards the play-off places.
Harriers' management team experimented with a different formation at the weekend, but that was abandoned at half-time and will likely not be tried again today particularly as Joel Taylor limped out of the game with an apparent groin problem.
Brackley won their first five games of the season, conceding just two goals along the way, before Saturday's draw at Chorley. Their defensive record is the best in the division so far with four clean sheets in-a-row. Yet again Harriers will be coming up against former players with Danny Lewis, Jack Byrne and one-time trialist Connor Franklin in The Saints' squad.
Last season Brackley completed a league double over Harriers, winning this fixture 2-0 and the game at Aggborough 2-1 - Harriers' goal a Tyrell Waite penalty. Those two games are the only two previous meetings of the clubs.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hall; Austin, Daly, Williams, Keane; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Sonupe, Ironside, Bradley.
Subs (from): A. Brown, Digie, Joachim, Nti, Webb, Weeks.
Missing (injured): Taylor, Truslove, Vaughan.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Palmer.
This afternoon's referee will be Anthony Tankard from Sheffield. This will be his fourth time in charge of a Harriers game; last season he did the draw at Boston and wins against Gainsborough and at Gloucester.
Weather this afternoon is forecast to be mostly sunny with a temperature around 25°C and no chance of rain.