Preview: Deeping Rangers v Harriers
September 16, 2017

Preview: Deeping Rangers v Harriers

Harriers take a break from their inconsistent league form this afternoon to begin their FA Cup campaign.

The BBC cameras will be at Outgang Road to cover the game which will streamed live via the BBC website, clearly looking to be present should there be a cup upset with the hosts being one of a handful of sides taking on a team from the steps higher up the football pyramid.

Harriers will look to bounce back from a disappointing midweek defeat at Tamworth knowing that they face a potential banana skin in the United Counties League side.  There's a good chance that John Eustace will make changes to the side; he can call upon new signing James Pearson, 24, who has singed for the rest of the season following his release by Coventry City.  He had only joined The Sky Blues in the summer and leaves after making just one appearance; previously he was with Leicester City, Carlisle, Wrexham, Peterborough and Barnet.  Joe Ironside will hope for a recall after coming off the bench to score at The Lamb but Dan Bradley remains on the sidelines with injury alongside Lee Vaughan and Liam Truslove.  Along with Pearson Harriers have added three academy players to the squad in the shape of 16-year-olds Tom Smith, Harry Stratford and Lewis Collier, so they should be able to field a full complement of substitutes this week.

Deeping are having a good start to their season, winning seven of their ten games so far including battling through three rounds of the FA Cup already seeing off Peterborough Northern Star, Barton Rovers and Brocton to reach this stage; they are viewing the visit of Harriers as the biggest game in their history and are hoping to beat their record attendance of 635.  In their ten games so far this season they have racked up 25 goals with Scott Coupland leading the way with seven followed by Scott Mooney with five, both bagged a brace in last weekend's 5-0 win at Northampton Sileby that lifted them to sixth in the league.  Manager Michael Goode will be without first choice goalkeeper Richard Stainsby through injury, Danny Bircham will continue to deputise, while Henry Dunn and Jonny Clay return after injury.

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

The referee today will be Ricky Wootton from West Riding.  This will be his third time in charge of a Harriers game; last season he did the 2-1 win over Stalybridge and the 3-3 draw at Alfreton.

This afternoon's weather is forecast to be showery with a 40% chance of rain and a temperature around 13°C.