Preview: Harriers v Harrogate Town
February 17, 2018

Preview: Harriers v Harrogate Town

After a break of nearly two weeks Harriers are finally back in action with the visit of promotion rivals Harrogate Town this afternoon.

Following on from victory at Curzon last time out for Harriers they moved into fourth position and have held on to that spot while the teams around them have played and dropped points.  A win today against second-placed Harrogate would strengthen that position, as well as stretching the current unbeaten league run to 18 games, and close the gap to the visitors who are currently ten points ahead.

With twelve days rest since the last game there is a full squad for John Eustace to choose from, the last injury victim - Liam Truslove - is back in training and could be considered while Dan Bradley suffered no ill effects when coming off the bench to set up the winning goal at Curzon.  George Waring will hope to make his first start after scoring that winning goal at Curzon, his second goal in three sub appearances.

Like Harriers, Harrogate are a team in form having won their last three games and five of their last seven and have scored in every league game so far this season which should be a test for a Harriers defence that has not conceded in the last six home league games.  Manager, former Harrier, Simon Weaver is likely to stick with the same squad that won at Leamington last weekend, with Ryan Fallowfield his only injury concern.  Former Harriers Dominic Knowles and Lloyd Kerry could be included.

Earlier in the season the sides played out a 2-2 draw, both Harriers goals coming from leading scorer Joe Ironside.  Overall the teams have met three times with Harriers winning two to go with this season's draw.

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, Bradley, A. Brown, Palmer, Pearson, Truslove, Waring.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Digie.
Missing (dual-reg): Finch, Webb.

This afternoon's referee will be Amy Fearn from Leicestershire.  This will be her 14th time in charge of a Harriers game, most recently the 3-1 home win over Wrexham in November 2013.  Her previous 13 games have seen five Harriers wins and three draws.

The weather this afternoon is forecast to be partly cloudy with a temperature of 9°C and no chance of rain.