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Match preview Vs Cambridge Utd

Date: 29-08-05 Venue: Abbey Stadium Kick off: 15:00hrs
It's the battle of the Conference giants tomorrow and with our decent record at Cambridge it's a game that we should be looking forward to.    Never having lost to the U's either home or away we could extend that after last seasons exciting 3-1 away win there with our goals coming from Chris Beardsley, Johnny Mullins and the much missed Gary Birch.

Then again we've got to start being a bit more ruthless in front of goal but that also is hard to see because of the gaffers tactics of playing a lone striker both home and away.    Yesterdays draw against Southport was a good demonstration of that with Christie all by himself, apart from Laurie Wilson wandering around aimlessly, for three quarters of the game and it wasn't until Atieno came on that we looked anywhere near convincing.

It seems that Stuart Watkiss can see the problems too but will he do anything about it.

"It was a game that, yet again, we've dominated in terms of the possession we've had and the chances we've created but also yet again we find ourselves without three points.

Christie missed a great chance, we had the penalty saved and we had chances cleared off the line.    So yet again we find ourselves using the word 'ruthless' after a match as that's how we need to be.

You know the answer Stuart.    Play another 'ruthless' striker along side the 'ruthless' Christie.

We had no noticeable injuries following the game yesterday so apart from Michael Blackwood (hamstring) and Chris McHale ( foot) we should be at full strength yet again.

Cambridge have had a better start than everyone expected them to have.    Like us at the end of last season they were faced with extinction but to the credit of their fans, and a timely intervention by the Government, they lived to fight another day.

They had to release most of the squad from last season and rebuild with cheaper options from non-league etc but they seem to have managed it and now sit nicely near the top of the table following a mixture of results.    They seem to be performing better at home than on their travels having started life in the Conference with a defeat at FGR followed by a brace of home wins against Hereford and Accrington.    Yesterday they came away from Gravesend with a goal less draw.

Just David Chick missed the trip to Kent because of a foot injury and he'll be out until October 2nd anyway because he'll be starting a 35 day ban from tomorrow following a sending off while he was at Kings Lynn last season.    They seem to have no other injuries to speak of.

Three points thanks to a couple of headers from Atieno would be nice.


Harriers from:
Danby, Lewis, Hatswell, Burgess, Evans, Burton, Jackson, Ludlow, O'Connor, Fleming, Graves, Heslop, Hurren, Russell, Penn, Christie, Atieno, Hollis, Sheldon, Wilson, Thompson.

Cambridge from:
Behcet, Waite, Howie, Gleeson, Duncan, Peters, Robbins, Daniels, Bridges, Onibuje, Turner, Okai, Lockett, Atkins, Davies, Quinton, Fuller, Smith, Eastall, Medine, Morrison, Robertson, Nolan, Duffy, Angel, Harkness, Reed.
Links to Cambridge websites here
Previous games against Cambridge
Harriers score first
2004 - 05
1 - 1
3 - 1
2003 - 04
2 - 2
0 - 0
2002 - 03
2 - 1
2 - 0
2001 - 02
2000 - 01

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