Preview: Harriers v York City
Harriers look to end their losing run this evening with the visit of York City to Aggborough.
As well as ending their recent run of poor form Harriers need a win tonight to keep in touch of the visitors who are four points and two places above them in the table, although Harriers do have two games in hand.
John Eustace will have to make do with the squad that he had available at the weekend, Jimmy O'Connor is still a long-term absence and goalkeeper Brandon Hall remains doubtful. Manny Sonupe and George Waring will hope for starts after only being used as subs at Gainsborough, as will James McQuilkin who was also relegated to the bench.
York have only lost once in the last five games but on the flip side of that have only won two of the last seven league games. On Saturday they beat Boston 1-0 at Bootham Crescent but had former Harrier Simon Heslop sent-off late on; he will be available tonight but faces a two-game ban. Coming back into the side, though, is powerful forward Jon Parkin, giving manager Martin Gray a full squad to choose from.
The teams have already met twice this season; Ryan Croasdale scored Harriers goal in a 1-1 league draw at Bootham Crescent while James Pearson and Sonupe scored in Harriers 2-1 FA Trophy victory at Aggborough. Of the 27 previous meetings Harriers have the upper hand with ten wins to seven.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Flatt; Vaughan, Taylor, Pearson, Horsfall; Weeks, Croasdale, McQuilkin; Sonupe, Ironside, Ngwatala.
Subs (from): Austin, Bradley, A. Brown, Palmer, Truslove, Waring.
Missing (injured): Hall, O'Connor.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Digie.
Missing (dual-reg): Finch, Weeks.
Tonight's referee will be Scott Simpson from Stoke. This will be his third time in charge of a Harriers game, the others being this season's wins over Alfreton and Telford.
The weather this evening is forecast to be mostly clear with a temperature of 6°C and no chance of rain.