Another week, another preview and it's getting harder to say something positive about this club every time. How about this;
The last time we played a club that was at, or near, the top of the table we won (Macclesfield) since then we've played three clubs near the bottom and come away with a single point so by my reckoning Scunthorpe will be going home with a glum look on their faces tomorrow.
Other reasons why I think we'll get all three points are the fact that we won there at the tailend of last season on the night that John Danby made his full debut for us. He'll remember that and will be going all out to make sure that he has another good game against them.
Luckily for us John had his 'dodgy goalkeeper' game at Lincoln.
The other reason will be that it's high time that we got a decent result and the lads will be looking really sharp and up for it. Another blasting from Jan last Saturday along with a week of intensive training and tactics will make them the efficient high scoring unit that we know from old.
The defence will be as hard as nails with Abdou Sall back from suspension, the midfield will be creatively spraying passes around for our wide men to run onto and the forward line will be powerful and incisive, giving the second rate Scunthorpe goalie no chance with thunderous shots coming in from all angles.
Now if that isn't positive what is?
To eventually aid this return to form for the Harriers the club, kind of, announced yesterday that funds will be made available for Jan to buy a new striker or whatever he sees fit. No exact figure was mentioned but I would think that it would be at least 1% of any future transfer fee for John Danby. Enough to buy that lad Rickards from Redditch?
Can Jan be trusted to buy wisely though, bearing in mind that he hasn't really covered himself in glory in that sphere of his management.
Scunthorpe come here on the back of a win against Wycombe last Friday evening following a poor run that saw them only pick up five points from a possible fifteen since the beginning of September. Yet they still remain in second place in the League. That shows how close, and poor, this Division is this year.
The Wycombe game saw Nathan Stanton limp off with an ankle injury but he will be fit for tomorrow. The other full-back Kevin Sharp has been out for some time with an ankle injury and he started his comeback in midweek in a reserve game at Lincoln but he won't be fit enough for our game.
Loan player Andy Keogh from Leeds United will also miss the game due to international duties in Cyprus with Northern Ireland.
An interesting item caught my eye while mooching around the Scunny sites. They seem to think that we were after their out of favour defender Mark Jackson. I hadn't seen that one before so I'll take it with a pinch of.
An aside to that little story is that Mr Jackson got himself involved with some lowlife in a Leeds nightclub this week and ended up injured in a scuffle. Should fit in well down here then.
For us, in addition to Abdou, we should see the return of Freddy Advice following his midweek goal in a reserve game against Hereford and we might also get a chance to see Christie again. We almost saw him against Lincoln but he wasn't there!
Mickey Mellon and Youssou Diop will still be out with injuries and Reuben Hazell is said to be going for his long overdue operation. That may be for insurance purposes though.
Are we going to win this one? Were we supposed to win at Lincoln?
We've got to win sometime so why not tomorrow.
Danby, D Lewis, Burton, Cooper, Sall, Hatswell, McMahon, McHale, Advice-Desruisseaux, Jenkins, Appleby, Keates, Christiansen, Brown, Langmead, Foster, Russell, Christie.
Evans, Musselwhite, Stanton, Crosby, Byrne, Sparrow, Graves, Hayes, Torpey, Baraclough, Ridley, Beagrie, Taylor, Barwick, Parton, Butler, Kell, Capp, Penn, Williams, Lillis, Brighton.