Preview: Curzon Ashton v Harriers
January 19, 2018

Preview: Curzon Ashton v Harriers

Harriers look to get back to winning ways quickly tomorrow when they return to league action at Curzon Ashton.

After their 14-game unbeaten run was ended at Stockport in the FA Trophy on Tuesday Harriers just have an equally long unbeaten league run to maintain; last suffering defeat at Tamworth in September they have gone 14 without loss.  A first victory in six away games could lift Harriers up to fifth place having slipped down to seventh while they were involved in the FA Trophy last weekend.

Striker George Waring goes straight into the squad having joined on loan from Tranmere Rovers for the rest of the season.  The 23-year old has also seen service in the academies of Everton and Stoke City and has spent time on loan with Barnsley in League One while with The Potters, this season he has had a spell on loan with Halifax.  The new signing is likely to see action sooner rather than later as the squad was down to the bare bones in the midweek Trophy defeat at Stockport with James McQuilkin, Elton Ngwatala, Andre Wright, Tom Palmer and Joel Taylor all missing with injury or illness and the subs' bench being padded out with academy players.  Fraser Horsfall will miss out following his sending off in last weekend's game with Stockport.

Curzon are in something of a slump in form at the moment, four games without a win and just one win in the last nine games.  Prior to last Saturday's home defeat to Chorley they had drawn three games in-a-row at home and that solitary win in the last nine was at bottom club North Ferriby.

Earlier this season the sides drew 2-2 at Aggborough with skipper Ryan Croasdale and leading scorer Joe Ironside getting the Harriers goals.  Previous meetings have been good  for Harriers with three wins and a draw from the four games played; a repeat of last season's 6-1 win at Tameside Stadium would be most welcome this time around.

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

Tomorrow's referee will be Rebecca Welch from Durham.  This will be her first time in charge of a Harriers first team game although she did do an Under-19's game at Gateshead in 2012 that ended in defeat for the young Harriers.

The weather for tomorrow is forecast to be cool and cloudy with a temperature around 2°C and a 20% chance of rain or snow.