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Match preview Vs Woking

Date: 07-01-06 Venue: Kingfield Stadium Kick off: 15:00hrs
So with more or less half the season gone we arrive back where we started, give or take 140 miles, and a lot worse for the experience.    The positive note we started on with the 2-1 win over Woking back in August has now vanished as we struggle to stay in this League let alone get back into the Football League at the first attempt.

The scorer of both those goals, Taiwo Atieno, has now gone back to Walsall siting personal problems as the reason for not being able to replicate that form in the games that followed.    Laziness is a personal problem so I suppose that must be a valid reason then.

Following the terrible Christmas games we're going to have to, again, start to get some points on the board and we always had a good record at Woking so it seems the ideal place to get back on track.    Johnny Mullins is back for us after his one match ban and Simon Russell could also be in with a shout of starting after coming back from injury at Altrincham and looking like a breath of fresh air compared to some.

Lee Thompson has still got a bad foot and Issey has still got a stiff neck but they'll play through the pain barrier just as they have done in recent weeks.

Now that the transfer window is back we might see some new faces at the Harriers but we are more likely to see players leaving.    This probably won't happen until next week but there is talk of Christie, Jackson and Hatswell all leaving and Reading are supposedly interested in offers for Mullins from an un-named club.

Whatever is happening at this club may become clearer in the next few days following the board meeting last night.    A miracle may have happened and they have come to a decision over the appointment of a new manager, be it Martin O'Connor or, as rumoured, Keith Alexander from Lincoln City.

Woking are having a slightly better time of it than we are but they do have a bit of a bug in the camp this week.    Some players might be missing along with the manager Glenn Cockerill after he missed their last game through illness.

Mark Rawle, once of the Harriers, is one of those ill but I expect him to be playing and knock a couple of goals past us.    Definitely missing are Chris Sharpling and Gary MacDonald who are both long term absentees and Stuart Nethercott who got injured in their last game at Crawley.    He'll be replaced by Tom Hutchinson, just joined from Dundee.

I think our poor season will continue at Woking and the only chance of a point will come from the fact that our hosts have this bug going round.


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

Woking from:
Davies, Jalal, Watson, Ruby, S Jackson, Hutchinson, El-Salahi, Aggrey, Cockerill, Evans, Murray, Selley, Smith, Richards, Rawle, McAllister, Ferguson, Blackman.

Links to Woking websites here
Previous games against Woking
Harriers score first
2005 - 06
2 - 1
2004 - 05
2003 - 04
3 - 0
2002 - 03
2001 - 02
2000 - 01

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