Preview: AFC Telford United v Harriers
August 6, 2019

Preview: AFC Telford United v Harriers

Harriers have a local derby this evening when the make the short trip to The New Buck's Head to face Telford.

Both teams are looking for their first win of the season, Harriers after drawing at home and United after losing at newly-promoted Kettering.

Harriers got through Saturday's game unscathed so boss John Pemberton should be able to name an unchanged side.

Telford, led by former Harrier Gavin Cowan, will be disappointed with their start to the season.  Having taken a half-time lead they were pegged back early in the second half and then fell to an 89th minute winner.  Cowan included three former Harriers in his squad at the weekend in the shape of James McQuilkin, Andre Brown and Darryl Knights.

Last season a Nick Clayton-Phillips strike gave Harriers a 1-0 win, the sixth consecutive clean sheet for Harriers in games between the clubs.  Since Telford reformed Harriers have a good record with six wins and five draws from 13 games.

I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (5-3-2): Gregory; Austin, Davidson, Moyo, R. Williams, Johnson; Weeks, Butterfield, Prosser; Chambers, E. Williams.
Subs (from): Higginson, O'Connor, Palmer, Peniket, Scott, Taylor-Randle, White.

This evening's referee will be Sam Mulhall from Cheshire.  This will be his sixth time in charge of a Harriers game; previously he has overseen two Harriers wins, two defeats and a draw - a 0-0 at Telford in December 2017.

The weather tonight is forecast to be partly cloudy with a temperature of 18°C and a 5% chance of rain.


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