Preview: Harriers v Southport
January 27, 2018

Preview: Harriers v Southport

Southport come to Aggborough this afternoon with Harriers looking to build on the midweek win over FC United.

Four second half goals against FC United on Tuesday allowed Harriers to equal their best win of the season and moved them back up to sixth in the league.  Their unbeaten league run now stands at fifteen games, and sixteen games in all games at home.  Another win today could lift them as high as fourth if the results elsewhere are favourable.

Fraser Horsfall returns to the squad after sitting out the United game through suspension but as the team kept a clean sheet without him he may not come straight back in.  George Waring will hope that he can get a place in the starting side after marking his debut by coming of the bench to grab a goal but he may not be fully match fit, yet.  Declan Weeks will be lining up against on of his former clubs.

Southport are currently experiencing an upturn in form with three wins in their last four games.  This comes on the back of a 15-game winless streak that saw an end to the promising start to the season that they made.  Last time out they came from behind to beat Stockport County 3-1 and have also beaten Chorley and Leamington in their recent run.  Manager Kevin Davies can introduce new loan signing Graham Kelly who joined the club from Port Vale yesterday; he has faced Harriers already this season as part of the Bradford Park Avenue side.

Earlier in the season Harriers won 3-0 at Haig Avenue with goals from Will Longbottom and two from Andre Brown.  Harriers have a good record against Southport with 17 wins to nine from 34 previous meetings but The Sandgrounders have won on their last two visits to Aggborough.

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

Referee this afternoon will be James Bell from Sheffield; this will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having done the 1-1 draw at York earlier this season.

The weather this afternoon is forecast to be cloudy with a temperature of 11°C and a 15% chance of rain, providing that the current rain in Kidderminster has stopped by then.