Preview: York City v Harriers
Football with fans finally returns tomorrow with Harriers facing a first-ever visit to the York Community Stadium to face the bookmakers' favourites to win the league, York City.
After a decent pre-season that has seen a mixed bag of results but plenty of game time for the whole squad and the emergence as potential squad players of a number of Academy players, Harriers will be raring to go tomorrow.
Russ Penn will be without the injured Cliff Moyo and suspended Amari Morgan-Smith but still has 17 players to choose from. New players Nathan Cameron, Mark Carrington, Nyall Bell, Joe Foulkes and Jamie Emery should all feature in some way, although not all of them will make the starting line-up. As well as boss Penn and Morgan-Smith, Luke Simpson, Keith Lowe, Lewis Montrose have spent time with The Minstermen.
York have had a good pre-season that has seen them unbeaten through their friendlies including games against sides from Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Notts County and Sunderland. The Minstermen have been busy in the transfer market over the summer with a number of new players being brought in including experienced attackers Clayton Donaldson, Mark Beck and Jason Gilchrist.
This fixture didn't take place last season as the campaign was curtailed by the pandemic. The last time the sides met in York was the season before when an Ashley Hemmings goal earned Harriers a 1-1 draw. Overall Harriers have a slight edge in meetings between the sides with 12 wins to 10 from 34 matches.
I expect Harriers to line up as follows (4-2-3-1): Simpson; Penny, Richards, Lowe, Cameron; Montrose, Carrington; Hemmings, Austin, Sterling-James; Freemantle.
Subs (from): Foulkes, Bell, Martin, Lissimore, White, Emery
Missing (injured): Moyo.
Missing (suspended): Morgan-Smith
Missing (on-loan): Palmer.
Refereeing the game will be Michael Barlow from Lancashire. This will be his fourth time in charge of a Harriers game, the previous three have seen two Harriers wins and a draw.
Weather in York at kick-off time is forecast to be cloudy with a 20°C temperature and 2% chance of rain.