Preview: AFC Telford United v Harriers
December 26, 2017

Preview: AFC Telford United v Harriers

There's a local derby for Harriers this afternoon when they visit the New Buck's Head to face AFC Telford United.

In-form Harriers will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to ten games in all competitions, and eleven in the league, against a team that have won just one of the last six.  That could all go out of the window, though, in a derby environment.

Tyrone Williams will probably be left out after getting a bang to the head in Saturday's win over Nuneaton; Sam Austin will be his most likely replacement even though Lee Vaughan is now fit again and available after coming through twenty minutes unscathed at the weekend.  Vaughan will be keen to feature, at least in part, against one of his former clubs.  James McQuilkin is another in the Harriers squad who has featured for Telford.

Telford find themselves in mid-table at the moment, their recent form has seen just one win in the last six games although had it not been for a last minute equaliser by Brackley at the weekend they would now have two wins in-a-row.  United, too, can list a number of players who have featured for their opponents with Jasbir Singh, Jordan Murphy and Matthew Barnnes-Homer having worn Harriers red.

Last season both league games ended in 1-0 home wins, although Harriers also beat The Bucks 4-0 in the FA Trophy.  Since Telford reformed as AFC Telford Harriers have a good record with four wins to two from nine games.

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

This afternoon's referee will be Sam Mulhall from Cheshire who will be in charge of his first Harriers game.

The weather forecast for this afternoon predicts light rain at kick off time with a temperature around 6°C.