Preview: Guiseley v Harriers
September 4, 2021

Preview: Guiseley v Harriers

Unbeaten Harriers look to continue their good start to the season this afternoon with a trip to Yorkshire to face Guiseley.

Another win for Harriers could see them climb up the table; the top five all play away from home with the biggest game being second-placed Brackley travelling to sixth-place Blyth.  A home win there could play into Harriers' hands if they can match with a result of their own and leapfrog the Northamptonshire side.

Manager Russ Penn will hope that his side can continue where they left off against Chester on Bank Holiday Monday; he has a near full strength squad to choose from, Amari Morgan-Smith completes his suspension and Cliff Moyo is the only one out through injury.  The likes of Alex Penny, Nyal Bell and Lewis Montrose were able to be used from the bench on Monday and will hope to earn their first starts of the season.

Guiseley have had a mixed start to the season, their first four games returning a win and a draws.  That win, though, came at the expense of fancied Gloucester City.  Last time out, however, they suffered defeat at Gateshead.  Former Harriers Marcus Bigot, Joint Manager with Russ O'Neill, hopes to have experienced forward Jordan Thewlis available after missing the last game.

Because of the pandemic the teams didn't get to meet last season; the last time they met was at Nethermoor Park the season before when goals from Ashley Chambers and Sam Austin gave Harriers a 2-1 win.  It was a rare victory as overall they have won just two and drawn one of the six games played.

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

The referee will be Dean Watson from Lancashire.  This will be his sixth time in charge of a Harriers game; last season he did the 2-0 win at Brackley and overall has overseen three wins and two defeats.

The weather for Yorkshire at kick-off time suggests it will be cloudy with a temperature around 16°C and a 16% chance of rain.

Elsewhere the Under-21s entertain Redditch Borough at 10:30 and later on, at 3pm, the Under-23s visit Wellington Amateurs Development and the Reserves head to Stratford Town Reserves.  On Sunday the ladies start their season in the West Midlands League Premier Division with a trip to Stourbridge.