Preview: Harriers v King's Lynn Town
Harriers look to record a second successive win for the first time since April when King's Lynn Town visit Aggborough this afternoon.
After beating one high-flying team in Farsley Celtic this week Harriers now face another in newly-promoted King's Lynn who sit in fourth place. Tuesday's win over Farsley lifted Harriers up to fourteenth in the league and another victory today could propel them as high as tenth with favoruable results elsewhere.
John Pemberton is likely to stick with the same team that beat Farsley as that side performed well and came through unscathed. Ashley Hemmings will continue after looking lively on his debut and should be even better today after more time on the training ground getting integrated with his new team-mates. There were no new injury concerns after Tuesday night's win, only Brandon Diau remains out with a calf strain.
Fourth-placed King's Lynn have had an impressive start to the season and have been challenging leaders York for most of it. However, their recent form has dropped away and they have slipped down from second to their current position. In the league they have not won in four games and were also dumped out of the FA Cup by lwer-league opposition in the shape of Nantwich Town. Manager Ian Culverhouse has some injuries to contend with, too; Ryan Fryatt, Chris Smith and Ryan Jarvis are all out. There will be one familiar face in the line-up as the forward line features Michael Gash.
This will be the first meeting of the clubs since Kings Lynn reformed; under their previous guise there were 19 ecounters with Harriers winning six and losing seven. The most recent meeting was and FA Cup tie at The Walks in 2008 that Harriers won 5-1.
I expect Harriers to line up as follows (5-3-2): Gregory; Austin, Davidson, Moyo, R. Williams, Johnson; Butterfield, Weeks, Hemmings; Chambers, Peniket.
Subs (from): Freemantle, Fuller, Higginson, D. Lowth, S. Lowth, Mountjoy, Palmer, Prosser, Scott, Shenton, Taylor-Randle, White, E. Williams.
Missing (injured): Diau.
This afternoon's referee is set to be Peter Shacklady from Southport who will be in charge of his first Harriers game.
The weather is forecast to be damp with a 70% chance of light rain and a temperature of 8°C.
Elsewhere the Under-23 side's scheduled game against Chasetown this morning has been postponed due to the rain. Tomorrow afternoon the ladies are due to entertain Droitwich Spa at Lea Castle. Harriers will be looking to record a fourth win in-a-row to keep in touch with leaders Stourbridge; they may introduce new signing Hayley Williams-Packer to the side although she may have to wait to get into the team that won 14-0 last time out.