Preview: Tamworth v Harriers
September 12, 2017

Preview: Tamworth v Harriers

Harries head to The Lamb this evening looking to make it two ins in-a-row on the road.

Having won at Southport at the weekend Harriers head to Tamworth in good spirits and will endeavour to stretch their unbeaten run to four games, albeit against a team that has won the last four games on their own pitch.

Harriers will give the injured players who missed the game at Southport as long as possible before making a decision as to whether they can be involved this evening; James MCquilkin, Dan Bradley and Joe Ironside all missed the trip to Haig Avenue with fitness issues but their deputies all performed well and will be hoping to keep their places.  Will Longbottom and Andre Brown both came in and scored so will be hoping to keep their places while Declan Weeks will also want to stay in the team after performing well in place of skipper Ryan Croasdale who missed the game for personal reasons.

Tamworth have had a solid start to the season and currently occupy the last of the play-off places, three points ahead of Harriers.  At The Lamb they have won the last four games, beating Boston, Curzon, Stockport and Spennymoor and are four games unbeaten altogether.  Manager Andy Morrell has a few injury concerns to think about: former Harrier Luke Jones, Louis Ezewele and Matt Curley all have been injured and may be forced to miss out.  Along with Jones, there are a number of former Harriers in The Lambs' squad in the shape of Aman Verma, Reece Styche and Darryl Knights.

Last season Harriers won this fixture 4-3 with two goals from Ironside along with one each for Tyrone Williams and Keith Lowe, that was after Harriers had won two games against Tamworth at Aggborough in the league and FA Cup by a combined score of 10-0.  Overall Harriers have a good record against Tamworth with 39 wins to 17 from 71 games played since 1945.

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

Tonight's referee will be Barry Lamb from Manchester who will be officiating a Harriers game for the first time.

The weather this evening is forecast to be wet, there's a 100% chance of rain and a temperature of 13°C.