Preview: Harriers v Boston United
Jimmy Shan takes charge of his first Harriers game this afternoon when Boston United are the visitors to Aggborough.
The new manager will be looking to build on the midweek draw against Gateshead that saw Harriers play well but not manage to take all three points. A first win for Shan could lift Harriers two places up the league on to the bottom of the congested middle section of the table.
There could be enforced changes to the side this afternoon; MIlan Butterfield missed the Gateshead game through injury and Ed Williams only lasted a few minutes before being withdrawn; both players face late fitness tests before a decision is made.
Boston are still in the FA Cup and have a Second Round replay on Tuesday against Rochdale with the prospect of a home tie with Premiership Newcastle United as the reward in Round Three, so hopefully they will have an eye on that game instead. Currently they are seventh in the league and have won their last two league encounters although since then they have been knocked out of the FA Trophy by Atherton Collieries and drawn with Rochdale in the FA Cup, both times without scoring.
Last season Joe Ironside was the Harriers scorer in this fixture as United won 2-1. Overall the record between the clubs is even with 17 wins each from 43 encounters since 1945.
I expect Harriers to line up as follows (4-2-3-1): Mannion; Austin, Davidson, R. Williams, Johnson; Moyo, Prosser; Chambers, Weeks, Hemmings; Peniket.
Subs (from): Diau, Palmer, Shenton, Taylor-Randle.
Missing (injured): Butterfield, E. Williams.
Missing (on-loan): Higginson, White.
This afternoon's referee will be Richard Holmes from Preston. This will be his second Harriers game after doing the home defeat to Alfreton earlier this season.
The weather this afternoon is forecast to be cloudy with a temperature around 11°C and no chance of rain.