harriers-online match preview
22nd April 2005  
Boston Utd
At York St
23/4/05    3:00pm
All hope seems to be fading for the fans now and this game at Boston could be the one that either sentences us to the Conference or gives us the chance to fight another day.

A win for the Super Reds in the wilds of Lincolnshire and a defeat at Darlington for Rushden will prolong the agony for a further week but a win for the Diamonds will mean game over for us.  There's a good chance that Darlo will do the business for us and, equally, we have just as good a chance of getting maximum points at Boston.

Although they are safe from relegation they should really be down there with us because, quite frankly, their recent form is nothing better than shocking.  Since January 1st they have won just four games compared to our five and drawn eight compared to our five so that's just three points more than us in the same period.  That's what gives me the confidence that we can start to perform a miracle.

We'll have a few injuries for this game with Johnny Mullins now back at Reading following his hamstring injury last Saturday and Ian Foster also out for the remainder of the season with a long term knee problem.

Iyseden Christie, Reuben Hazell and Gary Birch are all still missing and probably won't be seen again this side of Summer.

In the wars this week, but only temporarily, are John McGrath and Tom Bennett.  Macca damaged his big toe against Yeovil but should make the game as should Bennett who will be raring to get into the action against his old club.  He's had a problem with his hip but will overcome that to play.

Again, like Yeovil, Boston have an Official site that doesn't seem interested in giving out news about players injuries so all that I have is that both Steve Melton and Mark Greaves are out for the remainder of the season with the same problem.  Back injuries.

Up front, trying to score a rare goal for them will be Daryl Clare and Jermaine Easter.  Clare rejoined them from Chester City before Christmas but has only scored three times for them since his return and Easter joined from our companions on our journey to the Conference, Cambridge Utd, on deadline day last month.  His strike rate is better but not much at only two.

Can we do this?  Well I've got to say yes haven't I.


Harriers from:
Danby, Lewis, Burton, Mullins, Jones, Sall, Weaver, Jackson, Bennett, Hatswell, McHale, Beardsley, McGrath, Jenkins, Keates, Cozic, Gleeson, Sturrock, Rawle, Russell.

Boston from:
Abbey, White, Ellender, Maylett, Noble, Lee, Holland, Rusk, McCann, Thompson, Thomas, Easter, O'Donnell, Pitt, Forbes, Norris, West, Clare.
Previous games against Boston
Harriers score first
2004 - 05
0 - 4
2003 - 04
2 - 0
2 - 2
2002 - 03
0 - 0
0 - 3
2001 - 02
No game
No game
2000 - 01
No game
No game

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