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Match preview Vs Crawley Town

Date: 28-04-07 Venue: Broadfield Stadium Kick off: 15:00hrs
The end, almost, finally comes to what seems to have been a very short season.    Don't know why it seems to have been short because it was the same length as in previous years.    The reason might be because we have had two campaigns this time around and the ups and downs of the League have been offset by our successful Trophy season.

The final game comes tomorrow at Crawley and we'll be hoping that for once all these promises of 'we have to win this for the sake of the fans' comments from both Mark Yates and Neil Howarth actually mean something to the players and they get their heads around the fact that capitulating to teams struggling at the wrong end of the League is not the way to win admirers.

After yet another debacle at Grays on Tuesday night we'll be without Jonny Harkness for this game and also for the Trophy final.    His gross stupidity got himself sent off after only just returning to the side following his previous sending off against Aldershot just over a week ago.    It must be gutting for the lad to know that he will miss what could be the biggest day, ever, of his footballing career but he's a kid playing in a mans game and it's time he grew up.

We will have both Russ Penn and Scott Bevan back now that their respective suspensions have come to an end but we still look to be a depleted squad.    Brian Smikle is now out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury and must be worried about his chances of appearing at Wembley and Gavin Hurren too has an injury which kept him out of the Grays game.

It's not known what the injury is, or the extent of it, but it could be the groin injury that Ian Foster mentioned could need surgery to cure.

Crawley find themselves in slight danger of being relegated even though they are in seventeenth place in the table.    They must be commended though for getting through a ten point reduction at the beginning of the season after going into administration, although they do have another hearing at the end of the season, and losing half their squad to help pay off some bills etc.

They have also seen a fans revolt that kept many fans away from home games but they look to be fully behind the club once more.

It's not known what their squad situation is at the time of writing but veteran Scott Hiley came off injured in the 2-0 defeat at Halifax during the week but will most likely be fit by tomorrow.

It will be interesting to see wether the Harriers players respond to the continuous pleas from the management to raise their game for the fans or just sit back, do nothing and look gormless.    Crawley will be wanting at least a point to ensure their place at the highest level of non-league football next season.

There's no telling which way this game will go.

Just a note to let you all know that Crawley have reduced their admission prices for the game.


Adults £7
Under 13's free


Adults £10
Under 13's £3

If you're a member of the Official Travel Club then you'll also get free coach travel to the game.    You will have to book your seats in advance for that.


Harriers from:
Bevan, S Taylor, Kenna, Creighton, Whitehead, McGrath, Sedgemore, Hurren, Russell, Penn, Reynolds, Blackwood, Christie, Constable, Hay, Brady, Eaton.

Crawley Town from:
Hamer, Tolfrey, Judge, Hiley, Okuonghae, Bull, Blackburn, Richardson, Rendell, Scully, Berry, Lovegrove, Evans, Bulman, Marshall, Blackman, Benyon, Obersteller, Woozley, Dadson, Nayee.

Links to Crawley Town websites here
Directions to Crawley here

Previous games against Crawley Town
Harriers score first
2006 - 07
0 - 1
2005 - 06
1 - 0
0 - 2

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