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18th April 2003 
Wrexham AFC
At Aggborough
19/4/03 3:00pm
The Harriers entertain Wrexham tomorrow in a game that, after Tuesday night, takes on great importance if we are to confirm our credentials for the play-offs.

Most people, myself included, had written off our chances after the defeat at Oxford a week ago but with the positive result at Rochdale came renewed optimism that we could still make it yet.

These Easter games are tough ones, there's no doubt about that, and the game at York could be even tougher than this one although we did manage to get a win there last season.  At least we have already won at Wrexham.

That win came just before Christmas and was a well deserved, hard won game with goals from Sean Parrish and one of the goals of the season from JJ Melligan.

JJ will be playing tomorrow but there'll be no Bo.  He starts a two match ban given for his 10th yellow of the season against Hartlepool.  This is a bit of a shame because it would have been good to see him up against the leagues leading scorer Andy Morrell.

Bo has grabbed 20 goals so far but Morrell has now got 31 and will take some catching.  It's all the more surprising because when we played up there he did very little to show us he was capable of scoring that many.

Up front for us I expect Drewe Broughton to partner Andy Bishop although this has never really been a winner when they have played together before.

Adie Smith is doubtful after spraining his knee at Rochdale so I would think that we'll see Scott Stamps starting for the first time in ages.  this should also give us more attacking options.

Some players had a few knocks on Tuesday but they should make the grid come 3:00 tomorrow.  Stuart Brock (knee), Andy Bishop (knee), Dean Bennett (thigh) and JJ Melligan (blisters) are the guilty ones.

Wrexham are one of the form sides at the moment along with Rushden, Cambridge and surprisingly Macclesfield, but they're there for the taking.  (all these stats can be found by clicking on the head2head link below).

They will be without Paul Barrett who injured his knee in a reserve game at Rhyl on Monday and could also be missing Jim Whitley who has gone down with the same virus that affected their keeper Officer Dibble and other players earlier in the week.

Also in doubt is Simon Spender who had a kick to his ribs during a reserve game at Stoke on Wednesday.  He has had breathing problems so Wrexham may not risk him.

They have just welcomed back Dan Bennett from long term injury but he's not expected to be picked to play.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Scott, Coleman, Melligan, Ayres, Smith, Hinton, Williams, Parrish, Flynn, Bennett, Shilton, Foster, Bishop, Broughton, McAuley.

Wrexham from:
Dibble, Whitley, Holmes, Roberts, Carey, Lawrence, P Edwards, L Jones, Spender, Trundle, Ferguson, Morrell, Green, Rogers, C Edwards, Bennett, Phillips, Russell, Pejic, Thomas, Whitfield, Sam, Morgan, M Jones.
This season
Wrexham 0 - 2 Harriers
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