Preview: Boston United v Harriers
Harriers get their Easter weekend started early this afternoon with a trip to Boston.
Now three games unbeaten Harriers will look to continue that form with a second away win of the week and first back-to-back away wins of the season.
The team is likely to be unchanged again as the injured trio of Jimmy O'Connor, Liam Truslove and Elton Ngwatala are not quite ready to return, yet, although with no substitutions made at Alfreton on Tuesday those players who didn't play will be raring to go should they get called upon.
Boston find themselves just five points ahead of the relegation zone after a run of form that has seen them win just once in the last seven games, at Chorley, and not at home in the last three; in midweek they were beaten 4-1 at Brackley. Manager Craig Elliott could make some changes to his team: Jay Rollins will have a fitness test ahead of the game while striker Gregg Smith could return along with George Willis and Taron Hare who both featured for the Reserves in midweek. Former Harrier Tyrell Waite is currently out on loan at Stafford Rangers.
The teams have already met three times this season; a 1-1 draw at Aggborough was followed by a 2-2 draw at York Street in the FA Trophy with Harriers winning the replay 2-0. Harriers have a very slight edge in the 40 games played since the Second World War with 16 wins to 15 and nine wins to eight in Boston from 20 games played there.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hall; L. Vaughan, Taylor, Pearson, Horsfall; Weeks, Croasdale, McQuilkin; Sonupé, Ironside, Bradley.
Subs (from): Austin, Brown, Digie, Palmer, N. Vaughan, Waring.
Missing (injured): Ngwatala, O'Connor, Truslove.
Missing (dual-reg): Finch, Webb.
The referee at York Street will be Anthony Tankard from Sheffield. This will be his fifth time in charge of a Harriers game and second this season. Earlier this season he did the defeat at Brackley while last season his three games saw two Harriers wins and the draw with Boston at York Street.
This afternoon's weather is forecast to be showery, which would be an improvement on last season's monsoon, with a 45% chance of rain and a temperature around 8°C.