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Match preview Vs Forest Green Rovers

Date: 04-11-06 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 15:00hrs
The Harriers get back to League action tomorrow when we play a team that haven't won an away game since, err, September 17th last year.    We all know how badly we played that day and that shambolic performance cannot be repeated again.

That defeat led to the eventual dismissal of Stuart Watkiss as the Harriers manager but now under Mark Yates we look a far better side.    Of the team that day only Iyseden Christie and Michael Blackwood remain although Simon Russell was an unused sub.    This time Simon is a definite starter now that we can all see what a good player he can be when he puts his mind to it and also plays in a team that will play to his strengths.

Paul Bignot, who has just had his loan from Crewe extended by a further month, returns to the side after completing his three match suspension and will probably get the nod over Jeff Kenna, who is still not quite match fit although he did play in most of a reserve game at Worcester on Tuesday.

Reuben Reid should also return to the side for what could possibly be his last game for us before he returns to Plymouth following the end of his one month loan.    Although he wasn't missed for the Cup game he is still an important member of the squad and seems to have brought out the best in Christie with his intelligent brand of football.

He also seems to have been a big influence on Andy White too with Whitey realising at last what he could be capable of.    So capable that he's now knocked in three goals in his last two games but I still think that Ruby will start against FGR.

Jake Sedgemore missed the game last week with a flu type bug and is still doubtful and Jamie McClen seems to have a mild case of Bubonic Plague.    According to reports he's come out with lumps on his head and face just like Baldrick.

Only Bob Taylor and Dean Sturridge are missing for us now.

Forest Green are still struggling along at the bottom of the League but not that far below us so we'll need the three points reward.    Could this be termed a 'six pointer'?

Jim Harvey, the former Morecambe manager, is now in charge at the New Lawn and their home form has improved since his arrival but the away results are not quite coming just yet.    They had a big exit from the Cup at Stevenage after Harvey changed his team formation around a bit and found themselves 3-0 down before the game ended in a 4-1 defeat.

With a bit of luck he'll keep the same formation for tomorrow and we can rack up another big scoreline.


Harriers from:
Bevan, S Taylor, Harkness, Kenna, Bignot, Haworth, Creighton, Whitehead, McGrath, Sedgemore, Hurren, S Russell, Penn, Reynolds, Blackwood, Eaton, McClen, B Taylor, Smikle, Reid, Nelthorpe, Christie, White.

Forest Green from:
S Williams, Harrison, Lawless, Nicholson, Jones, Butler, Pitman, Wanless, Clist, A Russell, Brough, Preece, Griffin, McEntegart, Meechan, Afful, Beesley, Stonehouse, D Williams, Edwards, Christian Robinson.

Links to Forest Green websites here
Previous games against Forest Green
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2005 - 06
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0 - 0

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