Preview: Harriers v Nuneaton Town
December 23, 2017

Preview: Harriers v Nuneaton Town

Struggling Nuneaton are the visitors to Aggborough this afternoon as Harriers look to strengthen their place in the play-offs.

Harriers begin a holiday programme of four games against teams in the bottom half of the table with the visit of second-from-bottom Nuneaton who have already beaten The Reds once this season.

James McQuilkin will make his 100th appearance for the club if he features today, he should return to the side after being rested for most of last weekend's FA Trophy tie with York.  Lee Vaughan was on the bench for that game and then featured in a friendly for the Under-23s at Boldmere in midweek, playing 45 minutes.  He came through that outing unscathed but is unlikely to feature just yet, his return, though, means that just Dan Bradley is out with injury.  Former Nuneaton man Joe Ironside will be hoping to continue his recent run of good form - scoring six in the last six games -against his old team-mates.

Nuneaton have slipped to second from bottom in the league, winning just one of their last six games and that was against bottom club North Ferriby.  They have won just five games all season but one of those was against Harriers.  Manager Dino Maamria can call upon three former Harriers when making his team selection with Dean Lyness, Kelvin Langmead and Daniel Nti all in his squad.

As mentioned Nuneaton won the first meeting of the clubs back in August, Ashley Chambers grabbing a 92nd minute winner.  Harriers have a good record against Nuneaton, in 41 meetings since 1945 they have 18 wins to Nuneaton's 13 while at Aggborough they lead 12-6 from 21 games.

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

The man in the middle this afternoon will be Dean Watson from Lancashire.  This will be his first time in charge of a Harriers game.

This afternoon's weather is forecast to be cloudy with no chance of rain and a temperature of 10°C.