Preview: Harriers v Gloucester City
August 13, 2019

Preview: Harriers v Gloucester City

Fresh from their first win of the season at Bradford at the weekend Harriers look to follow it up with another when Gloucester visit Aggborough this evening.

A first home win for Harriers could see them move up into the play-off places in the fledgling table but need to overcome a Gloucester side whose only win of the season so far has come on the road.

John Pemberton could be forced into a change to the starting line-up as Correy Davidson limped out the game at Bradford at the weekend with a dead leg.  If he is unable to take part his place could be taken by Harry Higginson or alternatively Darragh Lowth could come in on the opposite flank with Sam Austin switching to the left.  The rest of the side should remain unchanged from that that earned the side's first win of the season at Horsfall Stadium.  Ed Williams will be lining up against his former club.

After returning to National League North in the summer after a couple of seasons in the south City began their season with a promising victory at Blyth but followed up with a home defeat against Hereford and a draw with Altrincham to leave them currently 14th in the league, five places behind Harriers.  The Tigers will be without two players through suspension, Jake Jackson and Fabien Robert were both sent off in the recent defeat against Hereford.  City currently have no former Harriers players in their squad.

The last time the sides met at Aggborough two goals from Arthur Gnahoua and an own goal gave Harriers a 3-0 win in November 2016.  The record between the clubs is close since 1945, Harriers with the slight edge with 23 wins to 22 from 52 games played.

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

The referee tonight will be Jon Kenny from Cheshire.  This will be his first time in charge of a competitive Harriers game although he did do a friendly at Northwich Victoria in 2011 that Harriers won 3-1.

This evening's weather is forecast to be partly cloudy at kick-off time with a temperature of 16°C and no chance of rain.