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27th september 2002 
Bristol Rovers
At the
Memorial Ground
28/9/02 3:00pm
Last season this game proved to everyone in football that referee's from the lower divisions are a joke.  Frazer Stretton, who was in charge that day, completely lost it and ended up sending off three players, giving a dubious penalty and giving the Rovers a goal after a blatant foul on the keeper.

All this was on April Fools Day.

Lets draw a line under that now and get on with life.  Just as long as we haven't got Frazer the Fool on Saturday.

We travel down to Bristol with one of the best playing records in the League, having lost only one game all season.  Pity about all the draws we've had though.  If just a few of the home draws had been turned into wins we would be in the play-off places now.  Early days yet.

Rovers have had their customary poor start to the season.  They then went and turned the form book onto it's head last Saturday when they went up to Shrewsbury and beat them 5-2 with a hat trick from Grazioli.

Their manager, 'Sir' Ray Graydon has announced an unchanged team from last week with very few injury problems.  Defender Kevin Austin played his first 90 minutes of the season in midweek following injury to a toe that he picked up pre-season.  Drew Shore and Rob Scott are also returning form injury but neither will start tomorrow.

The only blot on their landscape in recent weeks has been the sacking of Dwayne Plummer for an unpublicised reason.

We were expected to have Adie Smith back in the frame, after being out for around three weeks now, but he knocked his ankle in a friendly against Rushden during the week and isn't expected to make it for tomorrow.

Sean Parrish is still out with a hamstring problem and Abdou Sall is to go to Lilleshall next week for treatment to his ankle.  It has been examined at Aggborough but nothing could be found wrong so he is to face more exhaustive tests there.

Drewe Broughton, who scored our goal in the game last season is hopeful that he can break his duck tomorrow:
"I have confidence in my own ability and have always scored goals. Sooner or later I will end up on a run and I am still confident I will get a good total by the end of the season."

Ian Britton has faith in him too and thinks he'll start getting in amongst the goals soon.  He also thinks that the Harriers are starting to be seen as a force to be reckoned with and we should fear no one in this division:
"It doesn't bother me who we play away from home as the confidence is high and we just have to keep on playing our football.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Joy, Stamps, Clyde, Melligan, Ayres, Blake, Smith, Hinton, Williams, Parrish, Sall, Flynn, Bennett, Shilton, Ducros, Doyle, Foster, Broughton, Henriksen, Lower, Khela, Lewis.

Rovers from:
Howie, Clarke, Boxall, Challis, Uddin, Barrett, McKeever, Quinn, Carlisle, Bryant, Hogg, Astafjevs, Tait, Grazioli, Arndale, Richards, Weisberg, Gall, Gilroy, Warren.
Season 01/02
Harriers 2 - 0 Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers 2 - 1 Harriers
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