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6th September 2002 
Boston Utd
At Aggborough
10/9/02 2:00pm
It's almost ten years since we last faced Boston Utd in anger.  That was at Aggborough in coldest January 1993 when we lost 2-0.  Although we beat them 3-0 at their place the previous September it would be the last we would see of them for quite a while.  They were relegated that season.

We played them in a friendly the year we gained promotion but friendlies don't count.

They've made their comeback in recent years and eventually lifted the Conference Championship last season to take their place in the Football League.  Some may say unfairly but this isn't the place to go into that.  Suffice it to say they were docked four points for their managers mis-demeanours and started the season with a handicap.

They've since clawed those four points back and now sit, still, at the bottom with plus two points.  If they hadn't been penalised they would be in 19th place just one point behind the Harriers.

They arrive here tomorrow with a few injuries, one being to caretaker manager Neil Thompson.  Thompson missed the 1-1 draw with Bury last Saturday due to a calf injury, but he has done some training this week and is on course for a return to the side.

New signing from Hull City, Mark Greaves, is doubtful of recovering in time after bruising his foot in the same game and close season signing from Walsall, Tom Bennett, may return from a knee injury.

Boston's main hope of getting something from this game will be down to striker Stuart Douglas who they signed from Luton Town two weeks ago.  That's if he plays, he has been lacking in match practice and played in the reserves in the 3-0 against Lincoln City in midweek.

Another new face is loan striker Steve Burton, so far he hasn't impressed their fans and has looked out of his depth.

We will be welcoming back Drewe Broughton tomorrow.  He missed last weeks home draw to Darlington through suspension and by God could we have done with him!Mark Blake Dean Bennett is doubtful with an ankle injury so it looks likely that Andy Ducros will be given another chance to shine after a promising display last week.

Both Abdou Sall and Mark Blake will be out.  Abdou has had an injection in his ankle to try and get rid of an infection and will probably miss the Forest game too.

Blakie is now undertaking light fitness work after being out for just over a year now when his Achilles snapped in the home game against Mansfield last September.

We'll be looking at getting max points in this game if we want to start climbing the table.  It's no good getting draws every week against the likes of Darlington and Boston.  We need to win this and win it in style.

Kick-off tomorrow will be at 2:00pm due to a minor England friendly being played later in the evening.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Joy, Stamps, Ayres, Smith, Hinton, Williams, Parrish, Sall, Flynn, Shilton, Ducros, Doyle, Foster, Broughton, Henriksen, Lewis.

Boston from:
Bastock, Hocking, Gould, Warburton, Greaves, Rusk, S Weatherstone, R Weatherstone, Ellender, Redfearn, Burton, Clare, Conroy, Clifford, Angel, Cook, Douglas, Costello, Elding, Lodge, Monington.
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