Preview: Harriers v Spennymoor Town
Harriers return to action this afternoon after another two-week break with the visit of Spennymoor Town to Aggborough.
Sitting just three points above the relegation zone, albeit with a game in hand, Harriers need a win today to give themselves some breathing room as they look to put a run together that could help them up the table. Today's opponents won't be an easy test, though, as they hold the last play-off place.
New signings Samir Nabi and Austin Samuels go straight into the squad but will most likely have to be content with places on the bench as neither have played much lately. Ryan Johnson comes back into contention after suspension but Rhys Williams misses out as he serves the second of his three-game ban.
Seventh-placed Spennymoor come to Aggborough in the midst of a dip in form with just one win in their last five games, losing the other four. They also haven't won away for five games, their last success coming at Alfreton in early November.
Earlier in the season Ashley Chambers gave Harriers the lead at Brewery Field but Town came back to win 2-1. Overall Town have the edge in games played with two wins to one from five games played, although they have yet to win at Aggborough.
I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (5-2-2-1): Mannion; Austin, Davidson, Lowe, Moyo, Johnson; Butterfield, Prosser; Hemmings, Shenton; Chambers.
Subs (from): Freemantle, Nabi, Palmer, Peniket, Samuels, Weeks, E. Williams.
Missing (suspended): R. Williams.
Missing (on-loan): Diau, Higginson, Neligwa, Taylor-Randle, White.
This afternoon's referee is Matt Corlett from Liverpool. This will be his second Harriers game of the season, having done the win at Kettering, and fifth overall. His previous four games have seen two Harriers wins and a draw.
The weather at kick-off time is predicted to be partly cloudy with no chance of rain and a temperature around 6°C.
Tomorrow the ladies team take on Wyre Forest Phoenix at Lea Castle, 2pm, in the semi-final of the County Cup which they are the current holders of.