Preview: Alfreton Town v Harriers
March 17, 2018

Preview: Alfreton Town v Harriers

Weather permitting Harriers travel to Derbyshire this afternoon to face Alfreton seeking to build on the midweek win over York City.

Providing that the North Street pitch passes an 8am inspection after overnight snow and sub-zero temperatures Harriers will be taking on an out-of-form team with a chance of completing a league double having won the Aggborough encounter earlier in the season.

Dan Bradley appears back to full fitness as evidenced by his midweek scoring performance that won him the Man-of-the-Match award, and will face one of his former clubs, as is Brandon Hall who came through the York encounter unscathed.  Jimmy O'Connor is the only long-term injury while Liam Truslove and Elton Ngwatala are close to fitness.

Alfreton are four games without a win and have only tasted victory once in the last six, that against fellow strugglers Tamworth.  In their defence the games lost in the last six have been against the league's top two Harrogate and Salford.  While Harriers have Bradley as a former Alfreton player, Town have Cieron Keane who started the season with Harriers.

Earlier in the season Joe Ironside and Ngwatala scored Harriers' goals in a 2-1 win at Aggborough.  Harriers have a generally good record against Alfreton, winning seven games and losing just three of the twelve matches played although they haven't won at North Street since November 2012.

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

The referee at Alfreton will be Sam Mulhall from Cheshire; this will be his second Harriers game having done the 0-0 draw at Telford at Christmas.

The weather at kick-off time is set to be wintry with a 60% chance of snow and a temperature of -1°C with seven degrees of wind chill.