Preview: Harriers v Gateshead
December 3, 2019

Preview: Harriers v Gateshead

After weeks without home games two come along at once when Gateshead visit Aggborough this evening.

Harriers will be looking to bounce back from Saturday's narrow defeat and give Russ Penn his first win as caretaker-manager.  Three points are crucial for Harriers to move the maway from the relegation zone and into the congested mid-section of the table where a team can quickly make progress with a burst of form.

Penn should have everybody at his disposal as everybody came through Saturday's game unscathed.  Having played for The Heed, like Penn himself, Richard Peniket will be hoping to return to the starting line-up in what may be an otherwise unchanged side.

Gateshead have not been enjoying the best form of late with just one win and six defeats in their last seven games in all competitions. At the weekend they were beaten by high-flying Kings Lynn but the previous week they were unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Trophy by Halesowen Town.

The sides haven't met for four years; the last time that Gateshead came to Aggborough they left with all three points following a 1-0 win. Gateshead have the upper hand overall, too, with 17 wins to 13 from 38 previous encounters.

I expect Harriers to line up as follows (5-3-2): Mannion; Austin, Davidson, Moyo, R. Williams, Johnson; Butterfield, Weeks, Hemmings; Chambers, Peniket.
Subs (from): Diau, Palmer, Prosser, Shenton, Taylor-Randle, E. Williams.
Missing (on-loan): Higginson, White.

This evening's referee will be Dale Baines from Liverpool.  this will be his second Harriers match having done the home defeat to Brackley earlier this season.

The weather for tonight is forecast to be partly cloudy with a nippy 3°C temperature and no chance of rain.