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18th november 2002 
Torquay Utd
At Plainmoor
19/11/02 7:45pm
Now that the flood level has gone down below the yard arm it's time to journey back down to the South Coast for another go at grabbing three points against a much improved Torquay Utd.

If we had played this game when we were supposed to at the start of this month then I would have said we had a good chance.  Now a few weeks have passed and we seem to be in the middle of what could be classed as bad form.

We've played three games, one we lost at home to Carlisle and the other in two cup games where we struggled in the first half but were better in the second.  By the end of the Swindon game we looked convincing but not on Saturday against Rushden.

Torquay, in their FA Cup game convincingly beat non-league Boreham Wood 5-0 but had Tony Bedeau sent off.  The club are appealing against this now they have video evidence.

Bedeau says that after he stuck his boot between the Boreham players legs to hook the ball out he then received an elbow in the face.  The ref brandished the red card at Bedeau but not the other player involved.

Bedeau already faces missing the Macclesfield on Saturday after picking up his fifth yellow card recently.  Should the appeal be turned down he faces missing seven games.

Reuben Hazell, who had already collected five yellow cards, missed the FA Cup game through suspension and another Torquay player, Jason Fowler, is also due to miss a game.  The midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card on Saturday for kicking the ball away.

And we thought our discipline was bad!

The afore mentioned Hazell will line up against the Harriers along with, on loan from Blackburn, winger Darren Dunning.  He missed the game last Saturday because although Torquay had registered him to play in the league for them they had failed to do the same for the FA Cup and so he became ineligible to play. 12 goal top scorer David Graham (groin) will have a late fitness check and so will Paul Holmes.

Certain to be out are Steve Woods and Sean Hankin.  Hankin took a knock on his thigh a few games back and what was first thought to be a bad bruise turned out to be a Haematoma.  This was removed by surgery and he will be out for at least another two weeks.

We will be parading our new loan signing from Walsall, Andy Bishop.  He's expected to be partnering Drewe Broughton with either Bo Henriksen or Ian Foster making way for him.

It's looking likely that we may not be seeing 'JJ' Melligan again now that he's finally made his debut in the Wolves first team at Coventry on Saturday.  He came on for the last few minutes of the game.

With a long injury list at Molineux he is expected to be playing/bench warming next Saturday too.

Dean Bennett or Sean Parrish will take his place.

Scott Stamps is still out with a groin strain and Lee Ayres will take his place.

This will be Sean Flynn's last game for a week.  He will miss Saturday's home game with Oxford through suspension because of his sending off against Carlisle but will be available for the Rushden replay next Tuesday.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Joy, Melligan, Ayres, Smith, Hinton, Parrish, Sall, Flynn, Bennett, Shilton, Coleman, Doyle, Foster, Bishop, Broughton, Henriksen, Lower.

Torquay from:
Van Heusden, Attwell, Hazell, Woozley, Holmes, Russell, Fowler, Bedeau, Graham, Hill, Canoville, Hockley, Gritton, Dunning, Brown, Forinton, Prince, Stevens, Osei-Kuffour, Bond, Richardson, Douglin, Benefield, Ashington,Sappleton, Addai.
Season 01/02 Season 00/01
Harriers 1 - 0 Torquay
Harriers 2 - 0 Torquay
Torquay 1 - 4 Harriers
Torquay 1 - 1 Harriers
1994 - 95
Harriers 1 - 1 Torquay
Torquay 0 - 1 Harriers

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