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Match preview Vs Grays Athletic

Date: 07-10-06 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 13:00hrs
Yesterday Mark Yates made moves to strengthen the squad in advance of tomorrows visitors, Grays Athletic.    In comes Paul Bignot (defender) from Crewe and Reuben Reid (forward) from Plymouth.

Bignot, who is the brother of former Harrier Marcus, will probably take the place of Jake Sedgemore enabling Sedge to play a more forward role in midfield.    Reid is the interesting one because it's not really understood who he will be replacing.

It's no secret that we can't score goals and have only scored seven times so far this season.    Andy White is the most obvious choice for the drop with just the one goal so far but Iyseden Christie's place is equally at risk because he too has only scored once.    Not knowing much about Reid it'll be interesting to see who he will be teaming up with.

At left back Jonny Harkness looks to be on his way to the bench after an abysmal performance in the 2-0 defeat at Halifax during the week.    At halftime Yates replaced him with Michael Blackwood, a winger, and has said since then that he thought the move worked well.    A few fans could have a different view on that.

We seem not to have acquired any injuries from the game at the Shay so apart from the continuing absence of Dean Sturridge and Jeff Kenna we should have no other changes.

Our visitors, Grays, beat us twice at home last season including an excruciating 5-0 defeat that came two weeks after an equally bad 4-1 home defeat to Aldershot.    Thankfully sandwiched between those games was a fantastic 1-0 win at Hereford that just about sums up our inconsistency then and also now.

Grays don't appear to be as lethal as they were last time around and this is mainly down to the loss of their then manager, Mark Stimson who went to Stevenage, and his replacement the former Cloughite, Frank Gray.

They fought out a 1-1 draw at home to Exeter on Tuesday and Gray made a few changes to the side when he dropped Lee Boylan, Adam Green and Glen Poole following disappointing games from them and replaced them with Jay Smith, Tom Williamson and Jamie Slabber.    He also played a defender, Andy Sambrook and an out and out winger in Michael Kightly as wing backs but the idea was disastrous according to one Grays fan.

Apart from a long term injury to Stuart Thurgood (broken leg) Grays appear to have no injuries so should have a full squad to pick from.


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

Grays Athletic from:
Bayes, Knowles, Sambrook, Green, Stuart, Sangare, Oli, Boylan, Martin, McLean, Williamson, Kightly, Wright, Smith, Canham, Moulds, Mawer, Nicholls, Poole, Slabber, Turner.

Links to Grays Athletic websites here
Previous games against Grays Athletic
Harriers score first
2005 - 06
0 - 5
0 - 1
2 - 2

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