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Match preview Vs Halifax Town

Date: 03-10-06 Venue: Shay Stadium Kick off: 19:45hrs
The Harriers travel North to whippet and ferret land tomorrow night to take on Halifax Town in a game that both sides will want to be winning.    Like us, Halifax lost on Saturday too and situated where they are, fourth from bottom of the League, they'll be wanting a win to cheer up their be-leaguered fans.    We want it just to get back to winning ways after losing to the bottom side, Crawley, at Aggborough.

We should be able to welcome back Russ Penn following his one match ban and Jamie McClen will go back to the bench after not doing enough when his chance came on Saturday to usurp the boy wonder.

Brian Smikle will also be on the bench but no doubt he'll want to be out there giving his old team mates hell after they didn't sign him last season.    He played twelve loan games for them, including the play off final against Hereford.

Apart from Penn there probably won't be any other changes to the side.    Jeff Kenna will still be out with his hamstring injury and Dean Sturridge went under the knife on Saturday morning for an operation on his Achilles tendon injury.

Halifax had defender Martin Foster booked for the fifth time this season against Stevenage at the weekend but he'll be playing against us because his one game ban doesn't come in until next weekend.

Following that defeat the Town manager laid into his players calling them a charity and it wasn't what he, or the fans, wanted to see.    He singled out the centre-halves as the main culprits as the reason for the team 'shooting themselves in the foot'.

Prior to the Stevenage game he signed the veteran defender Gus Uhlenbeek on a permanent deal after playing non contract terms all season so far.    The 36yr old was once with Ipswich and Sheffield Utd but has never really stood out except for his name.

Chris Wilder also signed former Leeds legend Eddie Gray's son, Nick, after he was released by his fathers old club at the end of last season.

Their only doubt will be Tyrone Thompson after he missed their last game with a bruised toe.

It's going to be a tough game for us but we got a draw up there last season and they were a better side then.    I don't think we'll be good enough to beat them so I can see a draw for this game.


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

Halifax from:
Mawson, Butler, Haslam, Doughty, Young, Quinn, Kearney, Forrest, Foster, Smeltz, Killeen, Sugden, Toulson, Wright, Senior, Jacobs, Thompson, Roberts, Torpey, Campbell, Uhlenbeek, Gray, Hedge.

Links to Halifax Town websites here
Directions to Halifax here

Previous games against Halifax Town
Harriers score first
2005 - 06
0 - 1
0 - 0
2004 - 05
2003 - 04
2002 - 03
2001 - 02
2 - 0
0 - 1
2000 - 01
2 - 1
2 - 3

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