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25th April 2003 
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Hull City
At the Kingston Communications Stadium
Saturday
26/4/03 3:00pm
We're almost there, both at the end of the season and the play-offs.  But it may be a case of 'so near, yet so far' and after tomorrow it may be 'well, there's always next season'

It's a nerve racking time to be a Harriers fan knowing that even if we do win both our remaining games it will still be down to what other clubs do in their games that decides our fate.

Our fate tomorrow will have to be fought without Adie Smith and JJ Melligan who are both out for the rest of the season along with Lee Ayres and Kenny Coleman who, also, have finished their season but have been out for a bit longer than the other two.

The good news is that Bo Henriksen will be back for us and will give us back the bit of craft we have missed without either himself and JJ.

It will be the Harriers first visit to the impressive new KC Stadium.  The kind of place that we could only dream of but it's somewhere that a side with the potential of Hull City need.

After this disappointing season it's a potential that many City fans feel they may not achieve within the next few years.  Such was their joy at getting the up and coming Jan Molby as their manager towards the end of last season that they thought automatic promotion would be theirs by right.

As history shows that was never to be and the Hull City chairman Adam Pearson pushed Jan onto a sword after the embarrassing defeat against his old club, Harriers, back in October.

In came the charismatic enigma Peter Taylor soon after and, with changes here and a bit of tweaking there, he moulded Jan's old team into a copy of what Jan had achieved.  Precisely nothing.

A few of the old faces have gone to other clubs, notably Gary Alexander to Orient, but those that he has bought in have been a disappointment.  The exceptions to this have been fullback Jon Otsemobor in on loan from Liverpool and Ben Burgess, who has joined the club in a 100,000 move from Stockport.

They will be without Ian Ashbee (ankle ligaments) and Jamie Forrester (broken bone in ankle) for the game and, surprise, surprise Richie Appleby.  He has only played in one game this season and is now out with a knee problem.

We did warn them.  And for the Harriers fans who would like him back here!  No.  He'd never be fit.

Coming back for Hull is the on loan Jon Walters (Bolton) after illness and Dean Keates who picked up a leg injury at the beginning of the week but is now fit to play.

Teams

Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Scott, Hinton, McAuley, Williams, Parrish, Flynn, Bennett, Shilton, Foster, Bishop, Broughton, Henriksen, Khela, Heath, Lewis.

Hull City from:
Fettis, Musselwhite, Anderson, Otsemobor, Keates, Philpott, Whittle, R Williams, Jevons, Elliot, Delaney, Burgess, Regan, Peat, Reeves, Walters, Melton, S Smith, Burton, Chapman, Heard, Donald, Harvey, Russell, Fry, Turnbull, Joseph.
Previous
Encounters
This season Season 01/02 Season 00/01
Harriers 1 - 0 Hull City
Hull City 2 - 1 Harriers
Hull City 0 - 0 Harriers
Harriers 3 - 0 Hull City
Harriers 2 - 2 Hull City
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