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Match preview Vs Bradford City    (LDV Trophy QF North)

Date: 20-12-05 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 19:45hrs
The Harriers will be facing their toughest test so far in the LDV Trophy when they welcome League One side Bradford City to Aggborough tomorrow evening.    This will be the first clash between these two sides and it looks to be a game that the Harriers could well win and win well.

Our season seems to be on the up at the moment with the team unbeaten at home for over a month now and Bradford are going through yet another bad spell with the side stuck in mid table - not too far away from the relegation slots - and manager Colin Todds job on the line following the bad results and unrest from the fans.

We'll be without Simon Russell (fractured wrist), Laurie Wilson (foot) and there are doubts surrounding Simon Heslop (shin) and Johnny Mullins (dead leg).    Gareth Sheldon is also thought to be not quite match fit yet but will probably play if Heslop does not make the start.

Colin Todd has yet to decide if he'll be playing a full strength side or a blend of pros and youth.    If, as expected, he goes for the latter then that could mean no place for David Wetherall and Dean Windass.

Keeper Donovan Ricketts will return from suspension after he was sent off at Southend for reacting to alleged racist abuse from a Southend fan.    Lewis Emanuel will be hoping to get his place back in the Bantams' defence after being dropped to the bench for the home defeat against Rotherham on Saturday, while Lee Crooks will be hoping for similar treatment after sitting on the bench in the last two games.

The only injury they have is to Danny Cadamarteri.    He checked in with a groin strain this morning and is doubtful for the game.


The winners of the game tomorrow will be one step nearer to Cardiff and I think we're more worthy of that chance than City are.    After our cracking win at Boston in the previous round and our optimistic performance against Scarborough on Saturday I think it'll be us going through.

Teams:

Harriers from:
Danby, Lewis, Hatswell, Burgess, Flynn, Mullins, Ludlow, Jackson, O'Connor, Fleming, McHale, Graves, Heslop, Hurren, Penn, Christie, Atieno, Hollis, Sheldon, Wilson, Butler, Blackwood, Thompson.

Bradford City from:
Ricketts, Howarth, Holloway, Taylor, Kearney, Wetherall, Bower, Schumacher, Bridge-Wilkinson, Cooke, Windass, Morrison, Crooks, Muirhead, Emanuel, Petta, Penford, Cadamarteri, Stewart, Edghill, Claridge, Bentham, Swift, Brown, Wright.

Links to Bradford City websites here





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