Preview: Curzon v Harriers
After a near three-week break Harriers return to action this afternoon with a trip to Curzon Ashton in the FA Trophy.
Weather, international call-ups and other teams' cup successes have meant that Harriers have been without a game for 18 days.
John Pemberton should have a full squad to choose from this afternoon with the exception of Harry Higginson and Jaiden White who have both gone out on loan this week to Bromsgrove Sporting and Stafford Rangers respectively. Also leaving since the last game is Cameron Gregory who was recalled from his loan by parent club Shrewsbury. Rhys Williams should return to the side after missing the last couple of games with a head injury.
Curzon had a good start to the season but after defeat to Harriers a run of eight defeats in ten games saw them plunge down the table into the relegation zone. That slide was halted, however, by their last two games which saw them defeat first Telford and then last time out inflict a first defeat of the season on high-flying York City. As a result of those two games they have climbed out of the bottom two and sit just a couple of points behind Harriers.
As mentioned the clubs have met once so far this season with Ashley Chambers giving Harriers a 1-0 win in the league at Tameside Stadium. Harriers have a good record when they face Curzon with six wins and two draws from the eight games played.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (5-3-2): Palmer; Austin, Davidson, Moyo, R. Williams, Johnson; Weeks, Butterfield, Hemmings; Chambers, Peniket.
Subs (from): Diau, Freemantle, Fuller, D. Lowth, S. Lowth, Mountjoy, Neligwa, Prosser, Scott, Shenton, Taylor-Randle, E. Williams.
Missing (on-loan): Higginson, White.
The referee this afternoon will be Paul Brown. This will be his third time in charge of a Harriers game having done this season's first meeting of the clubs as well as last season's 3-3 draw with Blyth Spartans.
This afternoon's weather in Greater Manchester is forecast to be showery with a 50% chance of rain at kick-off time and a temperature around 8°C.