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20th november 2001 


  • lincoln city (away ko 7:45pm)

    After the disappointment of the early exit from this seasons FA Cup to the hands of Darlington it's back to the bread and butter of the league.

    Lincoln fared slightly better than us on Saturday with a 1-1 home draw against 2nd Div strugglers Bury, they will be hoping for better in the replay next week.

    As for us it's a good opportunity to get Saturday's result out of the way and with Lincoln going through a similar season as us it could be a mid table six pointer.

    Harriers should be able to welcome Colin Larkin back to the squad he missed the Cup game through in-eligibility and Drewe Broughton who was sent home with flu before the start of the game.

    This will be Drewes last game before his one game ban, if he had played on Saturday he would have missed the Lincoln game.

    Hopefully Jimmy's pumped him full of Contax 2000® and he should be ready to go.

    Jans problem is going to be team selection, does he start with the same eleven or give starts to Broughton and Larkin and demote Appleby and Bo to the bench.

    What if Drewe isn't fit, does he still go with Tony Bird, who I personally felt was a disappointment in that position on Saturday.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Murphy, Joy, Stamps, Clarkson, Sall, Hinton, Smith, Blake, Williams, Bird, Davies, Bennett, Shilton, Appleby, Doyle, Hadley, Larkin, Foster, Broughton, Ducros.

    Lincoln have been having a bad run of late although they beat Hull City in their last home game their away results have been disappointing. They have won five games at home this season and only one away (Macclesfield).

    Of the remaining games they have drawn six and lost six.

    Their star player, Lee Thorpe, is almost at the end of a seven match ban. Luckily it ends after our game.

    Missing through injury will be Peter Gain (thigh), Justin Walker (calf) and Paul Smith (back).
    There will be late fitness tests on Paul Morgan (hamstring), Ben Sedgemore (back strain) and John Finnigan (neck).

    Manager Alan Buckley has just signed 33yr old midfielder Ian Hamilton from Notts County.

    Hamilton played with Buckley before at the Baggies and Grimsby Town.

    Lincoln (from):
    Marriott, Bailey, Holmes, Brown, Bimson, Camm, Hamilton, Buckley, Black, Cameron, Battersby, Pettinger, Barnett, Logan, Mayo, McConville, Byrne, Morgan, Finnigan, Horrigan.

    As for a forcast I don't usually do them but I think this one has got draw all over it.


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