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24th December 2004 
Swansea City
At Aggborough
26/12/04 2:00pm
Just when we thought our luck was starting to improve along comes Dazza Drysdale last week to send us back to the depths of despair again.  His sending off of Wayne Hatswell couldn't have come at a worse time and how he knew that both Keates and Weaver were on four bookings takes some beating.  Is the man a white witch or just a prat?

Doubtful for us are Tom Bennett with a thigh injury and Chris McHale with a minor back problem.

So now we're back at the situation that we had a couple of months ago with a barebones squad and very little leeway to bring in emergency cover.

On top of all that Pedro Matias decides to go home for Christmas.

To his credit Stuart Watkiss has been trying but with Christmas getting ever nearer clubs are loathe to let players go with four games in the space of eight days to cope with.  He has managed to get hold of a defender, Liam Burns and Blair Sturrock, a striker from Plymouth, this afternoon and they'll play some part in the game.

John Danby is also on the verge of his comeback after being out since the end of October with a broken toe.  He played in the Worcester Senior Cup defeat against Halesowen on Tuesday evening and came through without any problems but I don't think that Stuey will risk him just yet and he'll continue with the capable Ryan Clarke until his loan spell ends in the New Year.

Then again Danby might want revenge on Lee Trundle after the debacle at the Vetch in September.  Then he was left unconscious on the floor by an inadequate referee after a clash of heads between himself, Chris McHale and Swanseas' Iriekpen.
After Swansea had scored past the out of it Danby he was then kicked to pieces by Trundle later on in the game.

Swansea now find themselves in third place in the League and will be all out to get maximum points off us.  To be honest how on earth are we going to stop them with a cobbled together side like ours.

In their effort to keep the scoreline down to a respectable level they've decided to get some of their squad injured.  Not Trundle though.

Sam Ricketts will be serving a one match suspension, Brad Maylett and Leon Hylton have both had hernia operations and neither of them are ready yet.  Adrian Forbes and Kris O'Leary could make the game after almost recovering from their injuries, arm and knee respectively.

Both Gary Fisken and James Thomas are out long term.


Harriers from:
Clarke, Danby, Lewis, Burton, Mullins, Burns, Beswetherick, Sall, Weaver, Bennett, Hatswell, McHale, Beardsley, Jenkins, Keates, Gleeson, Birch, Sturrock, Foster, Russell.

Swansea from:
Murphy, Austin, O'Leary, Tate, Martinez, Britton, Nugent, Trundle, Forbes, Monk, Connor, Robinson, Gurney, Jones, Anderson, Iriekpen, Letheren, Pritchard, Bond, Gueret, Goodfellow.
Previous games against Swansea
Harriers score first
2004 - 05
0 - 3
2003 - 04
2 - 0
0 - 0
2002 - 03
2 - 2
4 - 0
2001 - 02
0 - 2
1 - 2
2000 - 01

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