Preview: Harriers v Gainsborough Trinity
Harriers are back in league action this afternoon when Gainsborough Trinity are the visitors to Aggborough.
A win for eighth placed Harriers could see them move into the play-off positions if results elsewhere go in their favour, potentially moving as high as sixth place.
John Eustace hopes to have James Pearson available after the defender missed the midweek FA Trophy win over Boston United through illness, although Tyrone Williams did well in his place as the defence kept another clean sheet. Injured trio of Joel Taylor, Andre Wright and Yan Klukowski are all close to fitness and could feature at some point. In attack leading scorer Joe Ironside will hope to continue his current run of good form that has seen him score in each of the last three games to take his tally for the season to eleven.
Gainsborough haven't had the best of seasons so , currently lying in 17th place four points above the relegation zone. Their recent form has been good, though, and they are beginning to climb the table; as well as progressing in the FA Trophy last weekend at Stafford Rangers they have won four and drawn one of their last six league games, although away from home they have won just one of the last five league encounters. There is a Harriers connection on the bench where Dave Frecklington's assistant manager is Terry Fleming.
Last season the corresponding fixture ended in a 3-0 win for Harriers with goals from Arthur Gnahoua, Elton Ngwatala and Tyrell Waite. The other meeting of the sides ended all square.
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, Eve, Klukowski, Sonupe, Taylor, Truslove, Williams, Wright.
Missing (injured): Bradley, Vaughan.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Palmer.
Missing (dual reg.): Finch, Webb.
The referee today is Aaron Jackson from Liverpool who takes charge of his second Harriers game of the season having done the Opening Day game with Chorley. Last season he did the home win over Altrincham.
This afternoon's weather is forecast to be cloudy with a temperature around 7°C and a 10% chance of rain.