Preview: Altrincham v Harriers
December 21, 2019

Preview: Altrincham v Harriers

Harriers are on the road again this afternoon travelling to Cheshire to face Altrincham.

After ten days without a game again Harriers look to build upon their excellent win at Guiseley last time out.  Another victory would put more space between them and the relegation zone - currently they are equally spaced between the relegation zone and play-off places - and could lift them into the top half of the table.

Manager Jimmy Shan will possibly be without injured players Richard Peniket, Ed Williams, Ashley Hemmings and Dec Weeks again although the former two are back in training and the latter two will be assessed before the game.

Altrincham are currently below Harriers, just two points back in 18th place but with four games in hand.  The Robins are behind on their fixtures as a result of progress in the FA Cup and FA Trophy, knocked out of the Cup in the Second Round by Portsmouth and the Trphy in hte First Round by Farsley - a result that means Harriers' trip to Farsley next month will have to be rearranged.

Earlier in the season a brace of Ashley Chambers goals gave Harriers a 2-0 win at Aggborough.  The previous 55 meetings between the clubs have been even with with 21 wins each.

I expect Harriers to line up as follows (5-2-2-1): Mannion; Austin, Davidson; R. Williams, Moyo, Johnson; Butterfield, Weeks; Prosser, Shenton; Chambers.
Subs (from): Diau, Digie, Neligwa, Palmer, Taylor-Randle.
Missing (injured): Hemmings, Higginson, Peniket, E. Williams.
Missing (on-loan): White.

This afternoon's referee will be Peter Shacklady from Lancashire who will be in charge of his first Harriers game.

The weather for this afternoon is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a temperature of 8°C and a 5% chance of rain.