Preview: Harriers v Farsley Celtic
After break of 24 days Harriers return to action this evening with the visit of Farsley Celtic to Aggborough.
Thanks to FA Cup elinimation and interantional call-ups Harriers have been free for over three weeks, the last game being the defeat at Spennymoor Town. Much has happenend since then, though, with the football club having new owners and the addition to the squad of experienced attacker Ashley Hemmings.
The experienced Hemmings, who joins after being released by AFC Fylde, should go straight into the side this evening, probably at the expense of Bradnon Diau who made his debut at Spennymoor. the break has allowed injured players Ed Williams and Richard Peniket to recover and they should be available for selection, giving manager John Pemberton a full squad to choose from.
Farsley come to Aggborough on the back of a good run of form that has seen them win their last five games in the league, although they did crash out of the FA Cup 5-0 against Southport. In the league they have not tasted defeat since the end of August, and now they find themselves third in the league. Manager Adam Lakeland should include Tom Allan again after he featured in the weekend victory over Alfreton following his return to the club on loan from York while Ben Atkinson is expected to misxs out through injury.
The clubs have met on just two occasions previously, in the 2007-08 season. After a 1-1 draw away from home goals from James Constable and Russ Penn gave Harriers a 2-1 win at Aggborough.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (5-3-2): Gregory; Austin, Davidson, Moyo, R. Williams, Johnson; Weeks, Butterfield, E. Williams; Chambers, Hemmings.
Subs (from): Diau, Freemantle, Fuller, Higginson, D. Lowth, S. Lowth, Mountjoy, Neligwa, Palmer, Prosser, Scott, Shenton, Taylor-Randle, White.
This evening's referee is Mark Howes from Birmingham who will be in charge of his first Harriers game.
The weather at kick-off time is forecast to be partly cloudy with a temperature of 9°C and no chance of rain.