Preview: Brackley Town v Harriers
Bouyant Harriers travel to Brackley this afternoon looking to push on into the top half of the table.
After the Boxing Day victory over Hereford Harriers have now lost just one of the last five and won two of the last three; another win could lift them up to tenth with results elsewhere being favourable.
Jimmy Shan welcomed back injured players Ed Williams, Richard Peniket and Harry Higginson to the squad last time out and all three came off the bench but there's a good chance they will all have to be content with the same again as the boss could name the same starting eleven that performed so well against Hereford. Alex Prosser will be lining up against one of his former clubs.
Brackley are currently fifth in the league, ten points ahead of Harriers, and have yet to suffer defeat at St James Park in the league this season; in all competitions they have been beaten once in the last nine games, an FA Trophy exit at the hands of Chester. On Boxing Day they were without a game as their trip to Kettering was postponed. There are familiar faces in the Brackley squad with Danny Lewis and Kelvin Langmead as well as one-time trialist Connor Franklin.
Earlier this season Brackley left Aggborough with all three points after a 3-1 victory, Correy Davidson with the Harriers goal. Harriers don't normally fare well against Brackley with just two wins and no draws from the seven games played. At St James Park last season's Joe Ironside penalty in a 3-1 defeat was the first time that they had scored there.
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, Higginson, Neligwa, Palmer, Peniket, Scott, Taylor-Randle, E. Williams.
Missing (injured): Chambers, Weeks.
Missing (on-loan): White.
The man-in-the-middle today will be Daniel Locker from Liverpool who will be taking charge of a Harries game for the second time having done hte draw at Blyth earlier this season.
This afternoon's weather is forecast to be cloudy with a 5% chance of rain and a temperature around 9°C.