Preview: Gainsborough Trinity v Harriers
March 9, 2018

Preview: Gainsborough Trinity v Harriers

Harriers are finally back in action after what seems like an age with a trip north to lowly Gainsborough tomorrow.

After two defeats in-a-row Harriers need to bounce back with victory over the team second from bottom of the league to strengthen their position in the play-off places, particularly as they have games in hand on the teams around them.

Brandon Hall and Jimmy O'Connor are set to be missing again, as is Joel Taylor, meaning that Jon Flatt will continue in goal looking for his first positive result since he joined the club; James Pearson will once again stand in for O'Connor and Sam Austin will likely be at left back.  After being rested for the defeat at Darlington leading scorer Joe Ironside, who came off the bench to net Harriers' goal that day, should return to lead the attack in place of George Waring who was ineffective last time out.

Former Harrier Simon Russell could feature tomorrow, now in his second spell with Trinity having returned to the club in January from bottom-of-the-league North Ferriby.  His experience will be required if Trinity are to save themselves, they have lost their last three games without scoring and lost seven of the last ten, leaving them six points from safety.

Earlier in the season goals from Ironside, Fraser Horsfall and Declan Weeks helped Harriers to a 3-0 win.  Last season was the first time the clubs had met with Harriers winning the home game and drawing away, leaving Trinity still looking for their first win of the series.

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

Tomorrow's referee is due to be Aaron Jackson from Liverpool.  This will be his fourth time in charge of a Harriers game, the third this season having already done the Opening Day defeat to Chorley and the home game against Gainsborough.  His game last season was the home win over Altrincham.

The weather is forecast to be damp with a 60% chance of rain at kick-off time and a temperature around 14°C.