Preview: Curzon Ashton v Harriers
Harriers return to action this evening after a weekend off with a trip to lowly Curzon Ashton.
After five draws in-a-row away from Aggborough a return to winning ways against the team third from bottom would lift Harriers up to fourth place in the league, above Spennymoor who they travel to on Saturday.
John Eustace could have a full squad to choose from with injured duo Liam Truslove and Dan Bradley close to a return and likely to be assessed before a final decision is made on the line-up. The boss could stick with the side that beat Southport comfortably last time out although the likes of Sam Austin and James Pearson who were surprisingly left out of that game will hope to return.
Curzon have slipped down into the relegation zone after a run of five games without a win and just one win in the last ten games at the start of which they were holding down a play-off spot. Manager John Flanagan has moved to strengthen his squad in the last week with the signings of midfielder Ben McKenna from Stockport County and Aaron Dwyer from Stockport Town.
Earlier this season goals from Ryan Croasdale and Joe Ironside gave Harriers a 2-2 draw when the sides met at Aggborough, the first time Harriers had failed to beat The Nash. Overall Harriers have three wins to go with that draw from four previous meetings.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hall; Vaughan, Taylor, O'Connor, Horsfall; Weeks, McQuilkin, Croasdale; Sonupe, Ironside, Ngwatala.
Subs (from): Austin, A. Brown, Palmer, Pearson, Waring, Wright.
Missing (injured): Bradley, Truslove.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Digie.
Missing (dual-reg.): Finch, Webb.
Tonight's referee is due to be Ricky Wootton from West Riding. This will be his third Harriers game of the season and fifth overall. This term he has done the FA Cup victory at Deeping and the last league away win at Stockport. Overall he has been in charge of three Harriers wins and a draw.
The weather this evening is forecast to be partly cloudy with a chilly 0°C temperature and a 5% chance of rain.