harriers-online ldv trophy 1st rd preview
27th September 2004 
Bristol Rovers
At The Memorial Ground
28/09/04 7:45pm
Oh dear.  Do we really need another game so close to Saturdays defeat, can't we have a bit longer to get over it before we get beaten at Bristol Rovers.

I'm not confident and I'm not alone.  There are many others who think that we are going to go down this season and barring a miracle or a change in tactics from Jan Molby that's just where we are headed.

It would be a bit ironic if we were to do well in this competition at the expense of our League status.

There is the outside chance of a result at Bristol, bearing in mind a draw will lead to extra time being played, because Rovers are also going through a bit of a sticky patch.  They lost at Northampton on Saturday following a goal less draw at home to Lincoln the previous week.

They also had James Hunt sent off at Sixfields and he will miss this game and the next two just like our very own Abdou Sall.  He will also miss the important games at home to Cambridge and at Lincoln the following week.  I think Chris McHale is a better prospect anyway.

Craig Hinton This game will also be our first chance to see how Craig Hinton is getting on at Rovers.  He left us for them in the close season and has now become a regular starter for his new club.

It may also be another chance for us to see Christie again, if he's recovered from the aggravation of his foot injury.  We need someone to get some goals for us.

Injuries?  Just Mickey Mellon and Freddy Advice for us.  They are both in training but Jan will probably not risk them.

For Rovers, the manager, Ian Atkins is said to be thinking about playing some of the reserves.  That's how much he's worried about the threat from the Harriers.

Rob Ryan is doubtful with an ankle injury and Jon Beswetherick is standing by to replace him.  There could also be starts for fringe players Craig Disley, Aaron Lescott, and ex Harriers target Richard Walker.

Is this LDV Cup important or not?  If we lose, no, but if we win it could be the spur we need to rescue our quickly fading season and it might also get some much needed money in if we reach the final.

Now where did I put that Wolves money?


Harriers from:
Danby, D Lewis, Burton, Cooper, Hatswell, McMahon, Mellon, McHale, Advice-Desruisseaux, Jenkins, Appleby, Keates, Diop, Christiansen, Gleeson, Brown, Langmead, Foster, Russell, Christie.

Bristol Rovers from:
Miller, Gwinnell, Hinton, Ryan, Trollope, Edwards, Elliott, Campbell, Agogo, Thorpe, Forrester, John Anderson, Savage, Williams, Walker, Parker, Gibb, Disley, Clarke, Burns, Ijah Anderson, Haldane, Beswetherick, Dinkel, Lescott.
Previous games against Bristol Rovers
Harriers score first
2003 - 04
1 - 0
0 - 1
2002 - 03
1 - 1
2 - 1
2001 - 02
2 - 0
1 - 2
2000 - 01
No game
No game

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