Preview: Harriers v North Ferriby United
November 21, 2017

Preview: Harriers v North Ferriby United

Harriers look to build upon Saturday's draw at York tonight when bottom club North Ferriby come to Aggborough.

Unbeaten in six league games Harriers need to start turning draws into wins with four draws in the last six and four in the last five at home causing enough dropped points to have seen them comfortably in the play-off zone.  Tonight's game against the league's leakiest defence and weakest attack is the prime opportunity to do just that.

Joel Taylor is likely to remain on the sidelines with the groin strain that kept him out at Bootham Crescent, so Sam Austin should deputise again.  There were no fresh injuries on Saturday so John Eustace may go with an unchanged side, although new loan signing Yan Klukowski will hope for a start after making a brief cameo at the weekend.

North Ferriby have struggled this season, having dropped down from the league above they look set to go straight through.  With just one win all season, way back in mid August at Blyth, and a 13-game winless streak they find themselves rooted to the foot of the table nine points adrift of the team above them and 13 points from safety.  Manager Steve Housham will be without the inured Danny Emerton and Darnelle Bailey-King who is unavailable.  He should, however, be including former Harrier Simon Russell who has been ever-present this season.

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

Refereeing the game tonight will be James Oldham from Derbyshire who will be taking charge of his first Harriers game.

The weather forecast at kick-off time predicts a 14°C temperature and a 70% chance of rain.