Old Skool!

How much of his selection and tactics was down to the players available was unclear, but the line-up sent out by Steve Burr for his first game at Aggborough brought back good memories.

As a player Burr was familiar with Harriers, and the way that they played, under Graham Allner.  This was something that the new manager alluded to in the press conference for his unveiling last week.

For Tuesday night’s game against Grays he set out with a formation akin to a 4-3-3, and pleasing to see was two strikers on the halfway line when we were defending a corner.  As he had promised to give every player in the squad a chance to shine he made a number of changes to the team that had drawn in his first game down at Crawley on Saturday, so his choices may have ben influenced by the players available, but I’ve a sneaking feeling that this is the way that he likes to play and we may see more of the same.  At Crawley we began with the tried and tested 4-3-1-2, diamond formation, man-in-the-hole, that we’ve been utilising in nearly every match this season, but at half time he changed it to this version of a 4-3-3 with a centre-forward and two more attacking players just off him, almost as old-fashioned inside forwards.

Back in the day Allner used to play three out-and-out strikers  up top all switching positions; anybody who was lucky enough to see the mighty triumvirate of Kim Casey, Paul Davies and Mick Tuohy back in the Eighties will look back fondly on those days and hope, as I do, that we’re about see more of the same under this new manager.  It might be a little early to hope for a repeat of the goalscoring antics that were seen in the 1985-86 season, though.

And on top of all this, we’ve got an FA Trophy tie against the scummers Worcester City at the weekend, the first proper competitive fixture between the clubs since April 1985 when a John Powell hat-trick helped Harriers to a 4-1.  Old Skool indeed!

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