Preview: Bradford Park Avenue v Harriers
Harriers head north tomorrow to take on bottom club Bradford as they search for their first win of the season.
While Harriers have picked up just one point from their first two games their hosts have lost both games and have yet to score. On paper it would appear to be an ideal game for Harriers to break their duck, but football isn't played on paper and things often don't turn out as expected.
Jimmy O'Connor misses out again with a knee injury so John Pemberton has limited options should he want to change things in a defence that is still building an understanding with four new faces in it. Harry Higginson and Richard Peniket both will be hoping to make their first starts of the season.
Bradford have lost both of their opening games 5-0, a start which cost manager Garry Thompson his job. He has been replaced already by Marcus Law, with former Harrier Lee Fowler his assistant. Avenue's poor start to the season follows on from the end of last season where they lost their last three games and four of the last five. This season they started with a surprise loss at Curzon before following up with another against early leaders Guiseley.
Last season in the corresponding fixture two Ed Williams goals turned the game for Harriers as they came from behind to win 2-1. Harriers have a good record in the games between the two clubs with six wins to three from 11 games played.
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, Palmer, Peniket, Scott, Taylor-Randle, White.
Missing (injured): O'Connor.
Refereeing the game will be Richard Aspinall from Lancashire. This will be his second time in charge of a Harriers game having done the 1-0 defeat at Stockport last season.
The weather tomorrow at kick-off time is forecast to be wet with an 80% chance of rain and a temperature of 18°C.
Elsewhere the Under-23s begin the defence of their title in the morning with a trip to Rushall Olympic with a 10:30 kick-off.