Preview: Harriers v Chester
August 30, 2021

Preview: Harriers v Chester

Harriers are back in action at Aggborough this afternoon with the visit of Chester.

After dropping their first points of the season at Southport on Saturday Harriers will be looking to bounce back with a win against a Chester side who have yet to record their first victory of the season.

The side came through a physical battle at Haig Avenue apparently unscathed so boss Russ Penn could name an unchanged side but may decide to rotate a little to keep everyone fresh.  If the manager decides to revert to the 4-2-3-1 formation used in the first two games of the season, expect Omari Sterling to return to the side while Lewis Montrose could come in for his first start of the season.

Chester haven't had the start to the season that they would have hoped for; three games in they have just two points following draws at Farsley on the opening day and with Gateshead on Saturday, the latter thanks to a 97th minute equaliser.  In between they were beaten by Curzon Ashton.  They are likely to be without skipper George Glendon who is injured.  There are two familiar faces in the Chester squad, former Harriers players Declan Weeks and George Waring should feature.

Last season Chester were the winners in this fixture, Ashley Hemmings scoring for Harriers in a 2-1 defeat with Weeks on the scoresheet for the visitors.  Overall Chester have the better of the results with five wins to three from eleven meetings.

I expect Harriers to line up as follows (4-2-3-1): Simpson; Foulkes, Richards, Cameron, Lowe; Carrington, Montrose; Hemmings, Austin, Sterling-James; Freemantle.
Subs (from): Penny, Bell, Martin, Bajrami, Lissimore, White, Emery.
Missing (injured): Moyo.
Missing (suspended): Morgan-Smith.
Missing (on-loan): Palmer.

The referee this afternoon will be Dale Wootton who will be taking charge of his first Harriers game.