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Match preview Vs Braintree Town    (FA Trophy 3rd Rd)

Date: 03-02-07 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 15:00hrs
It seems to be nothing but Cup games lately for us and we have yet another one tomorrow when Conference South side Braintree Town visit Aggborough for the third round of the FA Trophy.    We got past the tough ask of Exeter City in the last round and now should have a comparatively easy journey into the next but it doesn't always work out that way.

Braintree seem to be a team on the up and, with George Borg in charge they're starting to follow a similar path trodden by Grays Athletic in recent years.    Town will also be hoping they can match their near neighbours further by reaching the final of this years Trophy.

We'll have to make sure that doesn't happen by disposing of them the first time of asking but with a slightly depleted squad it could be another Vauxhall scenario when we didn't take them seriously and were made to pay for our lax attitude.

Iyseden Christie will probably be missing again tomorrow, his calf injury has not cleared up yet and he may also miss the Forest Green game next Saturday.    Gavin Hurren is still doubtful following his withdrawal early on from the game at Altrincham last Saturday but Jonny Harkness is fit once more.

With an amazing bit of foresight the Harriers manager Mark Yates, once more Manager of the Month, managed to 'borrow' Dean Craven from AFC Telford for the day and he stepped in to sub for Hurren when he went off.

Also out will be Russ Penn.    Out for the second and final part of his two game ban.

We do now have James Constable to call our own after he finally signed for us on the last day of the transfer deadline this week.    We agreed a fee with Walsall, un-disclosed, and he's now at Aggborough for the next 2½ years.

He'll now be hoping to get back on the goal trail after failing to find the back of the net in his last two games.    If Christie doesn't play then he'll be partnered with Andy White again up front with Whitey being given yet another chance to prove his worth in the fans eyes - something that he has failed to do so far.

Jake Sedgemore will probably step into Hurrens boots tomorrow with Brian Smikle taking Russ Penns place in a slightly re-arranged side.

Braintree are an unknown quantity to most of us and the only player of theirs that I can recognise is Dwayne Plummer.    He's played against us before in November 2001 when he was with Bristol Rovers and we won 2-0 with goals from Dean Bennett and Drewe Broughton.

They have beaten Sutton Utd (3-2), Ashford Town (3-0) and Farnborough Town (2-0) to get this far.


Harriers from:
Bevan, S Taylor, Harkness, Kenna, Haworth, Creighton, Whitehead, McGrath, Sedgemore, Hurren, Russell, Reynolds, Blackwood, McGhee, Smikle, Christie, Constable, White.

Braintree from:
Morgan, Burgess, Jones, Adedeji, Edwards, Quinton, Plummer, Hawes, Baker, Riddle, Porter, Good, Martin, Bailey, Bradshaw, Ofori, Brayley, Sullivan, Sutton, Harewood

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