Preview: Chorley v Harriers
December 8, 2017

Preview: Chorley v Harriers

Harriers have another tough test tomorrow when they travel to Victory Park to take on Chorley.

Having moved into the play-off places with last weekend's win over Gainsborough and the midweek draw at Harrogate Harriers will be looking to consolidate with victory over the team directly below them in the league.

The only injury concern for manager John Eustace, other than long-term absentees Dan Bradley and Lee Vaughan, is James Pearson who missed the game at Harrogate on Tuesday with a hamstring injury; Tyrone Williams will likely continue if he cannot take part.  In attack leading scorer Joe Ironside will look to continue his current run of good form, hitting the net in the last five games, scoring six times, to take his tally for the season to 13.

Chorley are unbeaten in four league games, although three of them are draws, and sit just behind Harriers in 8th place.  As last season they have one of the meanest defences in the league conceding 18 goals so far, with only Salford and Brackley having conceded less.  Former Harrier Josh O'Keefe is still part of their squad and should feature in the game.

Earlier this season when the teams met at Aggborough on Opening Day Chorley ran out 1-0 winners, the last time Harriers were beaten at home.  This fixture last season also saw a Chorley victory but Harriers did take the spoils in the first leg of the play-off semi-final later in the season.  Overall Chorley have had the better of the previous nine meetings with five wins to Harriers' three.

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

Tomorrow's referee is Adam Herczeg from Durham who will be taking control of his first Harriers game.

The weather forecast at kick-off time is for light rain and a temperature of 3°C.