Preview: Harriers v York City
Harriers entertain York City this afternoon looking to give Mark Yates a second consecutive home win.
Having seen off the challenge of Chester in his first game back in charge of the team last weekend Harriers can move back into the play-off places if they can follow up with another win against The Minstermen.
Manager Yates has more options available for selection this weekend, Billy Daniels and Josh Heaton are back in training and could feature as could Kane Richards who is back from suspension. Russ Penn is close to a return but may have to be patient as Milan Butterfield, who this week signed a contract to the end of next season, has been performing well in his absence. Harriers have a number of players who have featured for City: midfielder Penn and strikers Joe Ironside and Ashley Chambers.
York have had a mixed season, their current form sees them with two wins in the last six and four in the last twelve. Last time out they beat lowly Ashton United to bounce back from a home defeat against Hereford. Manager Steve Watson will be without former Harrier Simon Heslop who has a knee injury but Dan Parslow and Paddy McLoughlin could return from injury.
Already this season the sides have met twice; in the league, Harriers won 3-0 at Bootham Crescent with goals from Ed Williams (2) and Ironside but in the FA Trophy City came out on top at Aggborough with a 3-1 win. Overall Harriers have the upper hand with 12 wins to eight from 30 games played.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-2-3-1): Hall; Austin, Taylor, Horsfall, Johnson; Weeks, Butterfield; Clayton-Phillips, Williams, McAlinden; Ironside.
Subs (from): Boucher, Chambers, Daniels, Heaton, Higginson, Richards, Truslove, Weaver.
Missing (injured): O'Connor, Palmer, Penn.
Referee this afternoon will be Aaron Jackson from Liverpool. This will be his second game of the season, having done the 3-3 draw with Ashton, and sixth overall. Prior to this season, he had overseen two wins and two defeats.
The weather is forecast to be cloudy at kick-off time with a temperature of 13°C and a 5% chance of rain.
Prior to that the Under-23 side entertain Boldmere St Michaels at the training ground, 10:30 kick-off. A victory would extend their lead at the top of the table to ten points and would end third-placed Boldmere's hopes of winning the league. On Sunday the ladies will entertain bottom club Leamington in the league, kick-off 2pm, needing another victory to keep in touch with the two teams above them.