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5th November 2004 
Boston Utd
At Aggborough
6/11/04 3:00pm
This is going to be an interesting game because Shaun Cunnington has now had a full week to start to mould his team the way that he would like.

He's doing that and has started with the controversial left back position, where Steve Burton has failed to wow the crowds since his arrival here last season.  Jon Beswetherick signed for us yesterday on a non-contract deal and will probably step straight into the position for this game.

Reports from his previous club, Bristol Rovers, haven't been too positive.  He's thought by many Rovers fans to be a player that gives less than 100%.  Much less.  We'll wait and make our own mind up.

In last weeks disappointing home defeat to Shrewsbury we saw glimpses of promise from such players as Simon Russell, Dean Keates and Lee Jenkins.

Russell was the biggest revelation of all.  He hardly featured under Jan Molby and when he did play for a limited time as a sub he was a bit of a let down and looked totally ineffective.  Last week he was sharp and he battled for every ball.  He can only get better.

We knew what to expect from Keates and Jenkins and they didn't let us down.

James Keene, a first sighting for some, has potential.  He tried hard but some of his moves didn't quite come off and he was eventually exchanged for Youssou Diop.  I would like to see him given some better service and then see how he blossoms.

In the managerial stakes there is still no real clue as to who the club would like to lead us to safety.  Names such as Colin Lee and Danny Wilson have been bandied about but I think they'll be a bit too pricey for the likes of us.

Steve Bull has thrown his hat into the ring but he would be too inexperienced for our situation because we need someone with a deeper knowledge of the game.

The smart money is on a return to the club for Graham Allner.

For this game against Boston we will probably see what is basically the same team that turned out against the Shrews but with a return to the team for Wayne Hatswell after serving a one match ban last week.  Either Chris McHale or Abdou Sall will drop to the bench to accommodate him.  The latter is preferred.

On the injury front we should have no new additions to the list of Mellon, Christie, Hazell, Brown and Danby.  Daniel Lewis will continue in his role of un-playable sub on the bench.

Boston are ticking along nicely in eleventh place in the table but have yet to win away from home and have never scored a single goal at Aggborough.

Their main attraction, Paul Gascoigne, has now left the club and the chance of an extra couple of hundred on the gate has gone.  The last, only, time he played at Aggborough was in a Wolves v Albion reserve game.  He played ok but the chance of seeing a legend gave us one of our biggest gates of the season.

Their manager, Steve Evans, is without goalkeeper Nathan Abbey (broken finger) and striker Tom McManus (calf).  They have also transfer listed three players this week.  Tom Bennett, Greg Strong and Chris Holland, all midfielders, have been told that they can leave.  Out of those Holland could be an interesting acquisition for us.


Harriers from:
Ben Foster, Lewis, Burton, Beswetherick, Cooper, Sall, Hatswell, McHale, Advice-Desruisseaux, Jenkins, Keates, Diop, Christiansen, Langmead, Ian Foster, Russell, Keene.

Boston from:
McCormick, Abbey, Beevers, Strong, Ellender, Greaves, Melton, Bennett, Noble, Lee, Kirk, Holland, Rusk, McCann, Thompson, Thomas, O’Halloran, Pitt, Norris, West.
Previous games against Boston
Harriers score first
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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