harriers-online match preview
4th February 2005 
Scunthorpe Utd
At Glanford Park
5/2/05    3:00pm
There's an outbreak of mumps in the camp and we might be facing our next opponents, Scunthorpe, with a slightly depleted side.  The problem is that the two that are most likely to be missing are arguably our best two players.

John Danby and Johnny Mullins have been scooping the Harriers Online MotM awards on a regular basis in recent weeks and now they might have to sit this game out while they get over this energy sapping infection.

Also in doubt are fellow team mates Simon Weaver, Blair Sturrock and Jamie Gleeson.  They have mild symptoms of the illness but if it doesn't develop further before Saturday they should be fit to play their part.

Also missing for other reasons will be Abdou Sall and Chris McHale along with Reuben Hazell.

One piece of good news?? is that Iyseden Christie might, just might, be on his way back starting at Glanford Park.  He got back into training this week and so far there has been no reaction to his foot problems.  If he does make the squad he's not expected to start but might come on in the last ten minutes of the game.

Bertrand Cozic One player that should be starting is last weeks goal hero Chris Beardsley.  His solo goal at Cambridge set us on the path to a great away win to secure three all important points and debut goals from Mullins and Birch made sure.

Another one that might be getting a start is new signing Bertrand Cozic.  He signed this week from Northampton Town and will take the place of Tom Bennett who was sent off last week.  Lee Jenkins is serving the final part of his three week ban.

This game at Scunthorpe will be harder but we did win there last season when John Danby made his full debut for us.  He hasn't looked back since.

Scunny are riding high in third place at the moment and look odds on to make the play-offs or maybe win the Championship.  That will depend on them re-finding their excellent form of pre Christmas and the manager Brian Laws has taken steps to achieve that.

This week Utd have bought in two loan signings this week.  Jon Walters has come from across the water at Hull and Stevland Angus has also followed a similar route.  He had been on loan to Hull City from Cambridge for a while but was recalled back home earlier in the week and then shipped back out to Scunthorpe.

Laws has also bought in Andy Keogh from Leeds Utd for a fee thought to vary from 100,000 to 175,000.  He won't be available to play for them against us because he's on international duty for the Ireland Under-19 side this weekend.

United will be without defender Lee Ridley who will be serving a one match ban after collecting his fifth booking of the season in the 1-1 draw with Boston last weekend.

Another defender, Nathan Stanton has been ruled out for the rest of the season, after undergoing surgery on a knee cartilage, after falling badly during the New Year's Day defeat at Darlington.

So is there any chance of a result at Glandford Park?  Was there any chance last season when the whole team played brilliantly to come away with a 2-0 win.

History can always repeat itself.


Harriers from:
Danby, Lewis, Burton, Mullins, Jones, Sall, Weaver, Hatswell, McHale, Beardsley, McGrath, Keates, Cozic, Gleeson, Sturrock, Birch, Christie, Foster, Russell.

Scunthorpe from:
Evans, Musselwhite, Sharp, Crosby, Jackson, Byrne, Sparrow, Graves, Hayes, Torpey, Baraclough, Beagrie, Taylor, Barwick, Parton, Butler, Kell, Walters, Penn, Williams, Lillis, Angus, Rankine.
Previous games against Scunthorpe
Harriers score first
2004 - 05
3 - 2
2003 - 04
0 - 2
2 - 0
2002 - 03
1 - 3
1 - 1
2001 - 02
1 - 0
0 - 1
2000 - 01
0 - 2
0 - 0

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