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Match preview Vs Northwich Victoria    FA Trophy Semi Final 2nd leg

Date: 17-03-07 Venue: Victoria Stadium Kick off: 15:00hrs
It'll be a sea of Red & White heading up the M6 on Saturday lunchtime as the Harriers hordes make their way to Northwich for the second leg of the FA Trophy semi's.    With the Harriers leading 2-0 from the first game last Saturday the interest of the fans has now been ignited and in a way not seen for many years.    In fact the last time I can remember so many going to an away game was against Cheltenham in December 2004 when we took 693 to Waddle Rd to witness a cruel defeat.

The way things are looking at the moment with four coaches, two double decker love buses, loads of cars, trains and boats and planes we should easily break that figure.    Sticking my neck out I'd bank on at least 800 going, or more.

We followed up the 1st leg win with a fantastically hard earned three points at Oxford on Tuesday.    A game capped by a stunning late goal from Simon Russell.

Scott Bevan was rested for that game and Steve Taylor did an admirable job as stand in.    Jonny Harkness was pulled off before he got himself sent off but he did get a slight knock in the game as did James Constable.
Both Bevan and Harkness will play against Northwich but there is no news yet on Constables injury but one assumes he'll be fit unless there is some negative news from Aggborough before the game.

Northwich also played in midweek in a Cheshire County cup against Cammell Laird but it's doubtful that any regular first teamers played in that game so I have to presume they'll go with the same side as last week and with the same injury problems.

That'll mean no Chris Williams, Michael Byrne, Stuart Elliott and Jonny Allan with James Dean still cup tied.

Northwich will rightfully feel that they still have a chance to reverse the original result but I feel that we will be too strong for them in all departments and so progress into the final against, hopefully, Stevenage.

Still no confirmed news of where the final, whoever wins through, will be played so it's still looking to be a choice between Wembley and Coventry.


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

Northwich from:
Senior, Connett, Battersby, Griffiths, Charnock, Mayman, Carr, Brayson, Roca, Payne, Brown, McCarthy, Townson, Rutter, Barwick, Beaumont, Roberts, Smart, Shaw.

Links to Northwich websites here
Directions to Northwich here

Previous games against Northwich
Harriers score first
2006 - 07
2 - 0
1 - 0
2005 - 06
No game
No game
2004 - 05
No game
No game
2003 - 04
2 - 1
No game
2002 - 03
No game
No game
2001 - 02
No game
No game
2000 - 01
No game
No game

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