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Match preview Vs Northwich Victoria

Date: 18-08-06 Venue: The Victoria Stadium Kick off: 15:00hrs
The Harriers play their second newly promoted side in seven days tomorrow when they travel up to Cheshire for a game against the Conference North Champions, Northwich Victoria.    It will also be the first time that we have played at their new headquarters - The Victoria Stadium.

The new ground was completed last year to replace their previous ground at the Drill Field that had been sold in 2003.    Since then they had played their games at Witton Albions ground but soon after moving there the club were put into administration and deducted ten points but miraculously avoided relegation to the Conference North.

They couldn't avoid relegation the following season though.

Under Steve Burrs managerial leadership they are now back in the Conference and hoping to stay up this time.

So far this season, brief as it has been so far, they have racked up a win at Cambridge Utd and a home defeat on Tuesday night against Morecambe.    In that game their number five, Stuart Elliot, suffered a hamstring injury so will miss tomorrows game.

They're not a side littered with famous names but they do have Jon McCarthy.    Formerly of Port Vale and Birmingham City I should think he's getting on a bit now.

We haven't done quite as well as our opponents so far this time and have only picked up the one point so far.    That came in a thrilling 1-1 draw at Burton on Tuesday and was also a vast improvement on the home defeat against St Albans on the opening day.

That game saw Jamie McClen going off at half time with a back strain and against Burton the new fans favourite Jeff Kenna took a knock on his shin.    Both could be doubtful for the game.

Against Burton we went with a lone striker in Luke Reynolds with Russ Penn just behind him and two wingers supplying the crosses.    It worked well enough then and there's no reason why it shouldn't work again.

If we can carry on with the 'never say die' attitude from the Burton game then we should be looking at three points at Northwich.

Teams:

Harriers from:
Bevan, Taylor, Harkness, Kenna, Cowan, Haworth, Creighton, Whitehead, Lee, McGrath, Sedgemore, Hurren, Russell, Penn, Reynolds, Blackwood, Eaton, McClen, Smikle, Sturridge, White.

Northwich from:
Senior, Connett, Charnock, Payne, Battersby, McCarthy, Carr, Byrne, Roca, Mayman, Allan, Brayson, Williams, Sale, Griffiths, Gallimore, Townson, Brown.

Links to Northwich websites here
Directions to Northwich here

Previous games against Northwich
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2005 - 06
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2004 - 05
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2003 - 04
2 - 1
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2002 - 03
No game
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2001 - 02
No game
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2000 - 01
No game
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