Preview: Spennymoor Town v Harriers
Harriers head north this afternoon to face Spennymoor neediing a win to begin to get back on track after Tuesday's humiliation at Stafford in the FA Cup.
Mid-table Harriers can move up towards the play-off places if they can recapture away form that has seen them pick up ten points away from Aggborough and is the fourth best in the league.
John Pemberton could have some extra bodies to pick from with three players close to returning from injury. Cameron Gregory has returned to training but in his absence Tom Palmer has kept two clean sheets in four games; Richard Peniket and Ed Williams both missed the FA Cup horror show in midweek but could feature at Brewery Field, Shane Lowth and Alex Prosser will continue if either don't make it.
Spennymoor's season hasn't been as good as they would have hoped so far. After making the play-offs last season they find themselves currently sitting in 18th place four points behind Harriers, although they do have a game in hand after ground improvement work took longer to complete than expected forcing the postponement of early home games. Recent form has seen an improvement, including scoring five in two of the last three games - winning at Lancaster in the FA Cup and beating Blyth in the league. Key to that has been former Harrier Adam Boyes who has scored three times in the last few games.
Last season this fixture ended in a 2-1 win for Spennymoor with Aaron Phillips scoring the Harriers goal. In the four games played between the clubs there have been one win each and two draws, the goal tally is also equal.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (5-3-2): Palmer; Austin, Davidson, Moyo, R. Williams, Johnson; Weeks, Butterfield, E. Williams; Chambers, S. Lowth.
Subs (from): Freemantle, Fuller, Gregory, Higginson, D. Lowth, Mountjoy, Shenton, Taylor-Randle, White
Missing (injured): Peniket.
The man in the middle will be Adam Williamson from Durham. This will be his third time in charge of a Harriers games having done last season's 3-0 win at York and 2-2 draw at Southport.
The weather is forecast to be partly cloudy with a temperature of 16°C and no chance of rain.
Elsewhere over the weekend the Under-23s will begin a Worcestershire Junior Cup campaign with a first round tie against Droitwich Spa's first team that kicks-off at 2:30 at the training ground. On Sunday afternoon the Ladies look to bounce back from last weekend's defeat at Stourbridge with a first home league game against Rugby Town at Lea Castle at 2pm.