Preview: Harriers v Stafford Rangers
September 21, 2019

Preview: Harriers v Stafford Rangers

Harriers take a break from league action this afternoon to begin their FA Cup campaign with a visit from Stafford Rangers.

There's £9000 at stake on the game; this season even the losers get prize money in the qualifying rounds.  At this Second Qualifying Round stage the losers get £2250 and the winners £6750.

Harriers will look to stretch their unbeaten run to three games and follow up last weekend's first home win of the season with another.  John Pemberton is likely to name an unchanged side; the injured list just features on-loan Jamie Sharman and Cameron Gregory.  Sharman is unlikely to feature again as his loan spell is only for a month but Gregory is not far away from a return; Tom Palmer will continue in his absence.

Stafford will welcome the break from league football; their only win so far this season came in the last round when they knocked out Mickleover Sports 3-0.  In the league they have drawn three of their seven games and scored just two goals.  The are some familiar faces in the squad: defender Luke Jones and forward Evan Garnett should feature while Robbie Thomspon-Brown has resigned for the club this week and Paul Bignot has been with them this season.

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

The referee will be Richie Watkins from Birmingham who will be in charge of a Harriers game for the first time.

Weather is forecast to be sunny with a temperature of 23°C and no chance of rain.

Elsewhere the Under-23 side travel to Boldmere St Michaels this morning, kick-off 10:30, hoping to move to the top of the league while top two Halesowen and Rushall do not play.

On Sunday afternoon the Ladies finally begin their league campaign with a tricky trip to Stourbrige.  The Glassgirls have made a solid start to the season winning their first two games 8-0 and 9-0 and sit at the top of the fledgling table.