Preview: Harriers v Bradford Park Avenue
April 28, 2018

Preview: Harriers v Bradford Park Avenue

The curtain comes down on the league season at Aggborough this season with Harriers entertaining one of their potential play-off opponents.

Depending how results go Harriers will play either Bradford or Spennymoor at home on Wednesday.  If both teams lose then Blyth, York or even Boston could sneak into the play-off picture.

Fraser Horsfall should be OK to play after picking up an injury in the first half at North Ferriby last weekend but both Dan Bradley and James Pearson will both need to be face fitness tests before the game.  With Pearson doubtful if Horsfall doesn't make it Kennedy Digie should continue in his place.  Elton Ngwatala and Manny Sonupé were both rested last weekend but should return in place of George Waring and Andre Brown while Brandon Hall will likely return in goal.

Bradford have had a good season and a run of four straight wins has lifted them into the play-off places after a dip in form saw them risk missing out.  Their last two victories have seen them beat teams that they could face later in the play-offs in the shape of Brackley and Harrogate.  Former Harrier Adam Boyes has been instrumental in their recent form.

Earlier in the season Sonupé scored Harriers' goal in a 1-1 draw at Horsfall Stadium.  Overall Harriers have a good record against Park Avenue with four wins and two draws from the seven games played.

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

This afternoon's referee will be Scott Simpson from Stoke.  This will be his fourth Harriers game, all this season, so far he has overseen the home wins over Alfreton, Telford and York.

The weather at kick-off time is forecast to be cloudy with a temperature around 10°C and a 25% chance of rain.