Preview: Harriers v Hereford
Harriers face a tough local derby this afternoon when Hereford are the visitors to Aggborough.
14th plays 13th today; a Harriers win will see them leapfrog over their visitors and potentially move up as high as eleventh place. Although Harriers' form has begun to improve lately with just one defeat in the last four games they are four without a win at Aggborough, last tasting victory against Farsley Celtic back in October.
Ashley Chambers is a doubt for Jimmy Shan after picking up an injury in the weekend draw at Altrincham; Ethan Freemantle came off the bench and impressed in his place and will be hoping that he can get his first First Team start if Chambers doesn't make it. Still recoviering from injury are Ed Williams, Declan Weeks and Richard Peniket who will all have to be assessed before a selection can be made.
The Bulls have drawn three of their last four games but have not won in ten, and that last victory was a County Cup win at Hinton; they hae to go back another four games to the start of October for their last win in a league game. There are plenty of familiar faces in the Herford squad with former Harriers Brandon Hall, Jared Hodgkiss, Martin Riley, Josh Gowling and Reece Styche all part of the set up at Edgar Street although Riley picked up an injury in the weekend draw with Guiseley.
Last season goals from Kane Richards and Declan Weeks gave Harriers a 2-1 victory. In Hereford's current guise since reformation last season is the only time the clubs have met with each winning one game.
I expect Harriers to line up as follows (5-2-2-1): Mannion; Austin, Davidson, R. Williams, Moyo, Johnson; Butterfield, Prosser; Hemmings, Shenton; Freemantle.
Subs (from): Diau, Digie, Neligwa, Palmer, Taylor-Randle.
Missing (injured): Chambers, Higginson, Peniket, Weeks, E. Williams.
Missing (on-loan): White.
Refereeing the game today will be Andy Sykes from Lancashire. This will be his third time in charge of a Harriers game and second of the season having done the home defeat to Chester back in August.
This afternoon's weather is forecast to be cloudy with a temperature around 7°C and a 10% chance of rain.