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17th february 2003 
Exeter City
At St James Park
16/2/03 7:45pm
Yet again the Harriers will heading down the M5 in the hope that the re-arranged game at Exeter will be on.  The first game on New Years Day was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.  The second one a week later fell victim to the cold snap and the pitch was deemed too hard to be playable.

With the recent run of cold weather the game could yet again be the victim of a frozen pitch.

If it is played then the three points tomorrow, and if Oxford lose in their game at Bury then that, would send us up to fifth place in the table.

After Saturdays fine win against City's rivals Torquay Utd and recent good results against Bournemouth and Carlisle we look to be on a high again.  I've even noticed at work that all the Man U fans are asking about the team and do I think we'll reach the play-offs.

I won't be telling you my answer, just that I told them to come and watch them play.  Fat chance!

We have no new injuries from the Torquay game so will still be without Stamps and Coleman.  As for who's starting between Broughton and Bishop I think Drewe will get the nod again although I thought we played better with Bish on.

City were looking for a new striker before the postponed game without much luck.  They advertised in the press and on the internet for one and came up with Sean Devine from Wycombe.

Since he arrived at St James Park he hasn't really got on the scoring sheets but he seems to have impressed the fans.  He didn't impress City's veteran striker Don Goodman in the 2-0 home defeat against Boston on Saturday that left them stuck at the foot of the table.  City fans have been talking about a bit of a barny between the two players that ended with the afro haired one pointing his finger right in Devines face and shouting at him.

City have also bought in Scott Partridge on loan from the mighty Rushden but he has hardly played so there's no change there.

They will have Steve Flack back from a three match ban for our game but will be without James Coppinger and Reinier Moor through injury.

I think we'll be having a tough game tomorrow night because City have had a bit of a rocket from their manager Neil McNab and will be aiming to make amends.  It's up to us to raise our game and be strong at the back, especially with Flack up front.


Harriers from:
Digby, Brock, Scott, Melligan, Smith, Ayres, Hinton, Williams, Parrish, Flynn, Bennett, Shilton, Foster, Bishop, Hodge, Broughton, Henriksen, Lewis.

Exeter from:
Miller, McConnell, Virgo, Hiley, Pilkington, Pettefer, Walker, Cronin, Thomas, Flack, Coppinger, Fraser, Breslan, Moor, Gaia, Sheldon, Whitbread, Power, Ampadu, Harries, Watson, Lock, Afful, Goff, Scalise, Barnard, Partridge, Goodman, McCarthy, Curran, Devine.
This season Season 01/02 Season 00/01
Harriers 4 - 3 Exeter
Exeter 2 - 1 Harriers
Harriers 0 - 0 Exeter
Harriers 3 - 1 Exeter
Exeter 2 - 1 Harriers

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