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Match preview Vs Scarborough

Date: 21-01-06 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 15:00hrs
We'll be looking for a repeat of the 4 - 0 thrashing of Scarborough that we carried out in the FA trophy game just prior to Christmas.    We'll also be looking for an improvement on our last outing in the FA Trophy for this season when we crashed out to a late, late goal at home to high flying Grays last week.

Since that game we have lost Wayne Hatswell, now that it seems he is certain to be going to Rushden to help them in their quest to re-join us in the Conference next season, and we could also be without Iyseden Christie if the rumours connecting him with League Two side Rochdale turn out to be true.    We have already bought in a ready made replacement for Hats and it'll be interesting to see if Christie is replaced in advance of his exit before the kick off tomorrow.

The replacement for Hats is a lad just released from Walsall.    Jonny Harkness is a naturally left footed defender with a 'left foot like a wand' and would probably be more comfortable in the left back position than Hatswell ever was.    At only twenty and with plenty of time to get better he could become as good a prospect as the other Johnny.

Our opponents, Scarborough, will not be relishing this trip down here but they have improved, if only slightly, since our previous meeting after gaining a valuable win at Southport last week.

Former Harrier Simon Weaver is doubtful to play after having a trial at Bury this week and being told by his manager, Neil Redfearn, that he can leave if they receive a firm offer for him.    He is reputed to be the highest wage earner at Scarborough so we're not alone in off loading high earning players.    The daft thing is that just like we'll probably do they'll go and get a replacement on a similar wage anyway.

Like us Scarborough are also looking around the clubs for some good transfer targets and should also see some new additions themselves by Saturday.    I also have a bit of team news from them thanks to one of their fans.

There's not much really.    They have defender Ashley Lyth suspended but coming back from the same punishment will be another defender Denny Ingram.    Scarborough also have another defender that has come back for a second time on loan from Barnsley, Robert Atkinson, and both he and Ingram will fight it out for the spot vacated by Lyth.

I'm not expecting the same scoreline as before in this game but I am at least expecting a bit more effort than against Grays last week.    Michael Blackwood has said in the press this week that we have got to start shooting on sight if we want to score more goals.

It's taken him three quarters of the season to realise that!


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

Scarborough from:
Walker, Dunbavin, Nicholson, Foot, Weaver, Hackworth, Bishop, Quayle, McNiven, Baker, Atkinson, Hughes, McClare, Fowler, Cook, Coulson, Beadle, Blott, Eccles, Wake, Jarvis, Yates, Ingram.

Links to Scarborough websites here
Previous games against Scarborough
Harriers score first
2005 - 06
4 - 0
1 - 1

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