Preview: Kettering Town v Harriers
August 26, 2019

Preview: Kettering Town v Harriers

Harriers renew an old rivalry this afternoon when they face Kettering Town looking to bounce bck from Saturday's home defeat.

The games continue to come thick and fast for Harriers' stretched squad, this being their seventh match in six weeks.  Saturday's defeat to Chester saw Harriers slip back to 14th but a third away win in a row could see them jump back up to rejoin the leading pack.

Declan Weeks is the big worry for Harriers; he limped out of Saturday's game with a groin injury and will face a fitness test before the game.  Should he not be available Alex Prosser will be hoping to take his place although Bailey Fuller from the Under-23 squad could come in to make his debut.

The Poppies haven't had the best of starts to the season.  On Opening Day they beat Telford but have since followed that up with four defeats and a draw.  That solitary draw coming against the same Chester side that beat Harriers at the weekend.  Last time out Town were beaten 3-1 at Leamington.  There is one familiar face in the Poppies' squad, attacker Daniel Nti is now plying his trade there.

The teams last met was in April 2012 when a brace from Nick Wright and further strikes from Anthony Malbon, Ryan Rowe, Luke Jones and Mike Williams gave Harriers a 6-1 win.  In the 71 games played since 1945 the record is level with each side having won 26.

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

This afternoon's referee will be Matt Corlett from Liverpool.  This will be his fourth Harriers match; last season he did the home win over Blyth and the draw at Guiseley and defeat at Darlington.

The weather this afternoon is forecast to be sunny with a temperature of 29°C and no chance of rain.