Preview: Harriers v Spennymoor Town
Harriers are back in league action this afternoon with a first-ever game against Spennymoor Town at Aggborough.
It should be a tough test for Harriers, though, as the newly-promoted visitors are currently flying high in fourth place in the league although a Harriers victory will halve the gap between the sides.
John Eustace could stick with the side that knocked Chester out of the FA Cup last weekend although James Pearson had to be withdrawn just after half time with a hamstring problem and so may have to be replaced by Tyrone Williams in the side. Other than that there is a clean bill of health for the squad apart from the long-term injuries to Lee Vaughan and Liam Truslove and with that in mind Dan Bradley will be pushing for a recall to the starting line-up after a successful return from injury from the bench in the Chester bench. Missing today will be Kennedy Digie who yesterday joined Stourbridge on loan for a month.
Spennymoor have a had a good season and as mentioned are currently fourth, six points ahead of Harriers having played a game more. Last weekend they were beaten at home by Curzon Ashton to end a three-game winning streak; two up at the break they were reduced to ten men and then collapsed to lose 4-2. Christopher Mason who was the man sent off will miss the game today through suspension but Rob Ramshaw returns to the side after missing the Curzon game.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hall; Williams, Taylor, O'Connor, Horsfall; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Sonupe, Ironside, Bradley.
Subs (from): Austin, A. Brown, Finch, Webb, Weeks, Wright.
Missing (injured): Pearson, Truslove, Vaughan.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Palmer.
This afternoon's referee will be Ben Speedie from Liverpool who will be taking charge of a Harriers game for the second time having done the 2-1 win at FC United earlier this season.
The weather this afternoon is forecast to be windy and showery with a temperature of 12°C and a 40% chance of rain.