Preview: AFC Fylde v Harriers
November 4, 2017

Preview: AFC Fylde v Harriers

Harriers take a break from league action to renew last season's rivalry with AFC Fylde in the FA Cup this afternoon.

Victory at Mill Farm will see Harriers progress a stage further than last season when they were knocked out at Fylde's near neighbours Blackpool.  For the winners there is the prize of £18000 as well as being a step closer to a potential meeting with one of the game's big-boys.

Jimmy O'Connor returns to the squad after missing last weekend's win at Stockport through suspension, although he may have to wait for a recall after the side performed well without him at Edgeley Park.  The injured duo of Dan Bradley and James Pearson will both be looked at before deciding whether or not they can take part; Bradley will be keen to be involved to face his former club.

Fylde had a slow start to their first season in the National League National Division, taking six attempts to register their first win.  Since then, though, they have picked up and have lost just one of the last six including winning the last three without conceding a goal.  Former Harriers Jordan Tunnicliffe, Zaine Francis-Angol and Josh Ezewele are all in The Coasters' squad and at least the first two should feature this afternoon.

Last season saw the clubs meet for the first time and both games ended all square, 3-3 at Aggborough and 2-2 at Mill Farm.

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

This afternoon's referee will be Dan Middleton from Leicestershire.  This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having done last season's 2-0 home defeat to FC United.

The weather in the North West this afternoon is forecast to be showery at kick-off time with a 35% chance of rain and a temperature around 9°C.