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Match preview Vs Stafford Rangers

Date: 23-01-07 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 19:45hrs
The games are coming thick and fast now with our second home game in four days.    With another two games in the same period next week it could be an excellent time for us to get a load of points in the bag.

Three more were gained, along with our sixth win in a row, against York City on Saturday as the Harriers ran out 2-1 winners in a tough game against third placed City.    We didn't rise up the table but a win tomorrow could see us climb two places but we need both Exeter and Stevenage to lose for that to happen.

It looks likely that we'll be without Iyseden Christie after he left the field of play, clutching his ankle, at half time on Saturday.    Reports from within the camp say that he has a serious calf injury and will have to undergo a scan to see what damage has been inflicted on our leading scorer.

Russ Penn picked up his tenth booking of the season in the game and he will now be facing an automatic two match ban from next Saturday.    He'll miss the games at Altrincham and then Tamworth next Tuesday evening.

It's not clear whether the game against Stafford will be James Constables last game for us or if that will come following the Alty game.    Whichever it is we're going to miss his in the box poaching skills and we'll have to do with Andy White and Luke Reynolds up front if we have lost both him and Christie for a while.

It was James Constable that got both of the goals at Stafford on Boxing Day and he'll be hoping to repeat that tomorrow evening.    That game was ruined by Stafford's bog of a pitch and Stafford have had two games called off at Marston Road since we played them.    It'll be good to get them on a decent pitch where we can wreak havoc with their defence once more.

Rangers will be without Ged Murphy after he picked up an ankle injury, in a game they have got round to playing recently, and keeper Dean Williams is fit again after being out injured.    Reserve keeper Danny Alcock will probably keep his place in the side.

I think this is a game that we should, on paper, win easily enough but will the Christie factor play it's part.    We won at Vauxhall without him though.


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

Stafford from:
Williams, Alcock, Talbott, McAughtrie, Daniel, Lovatt, Street, Grayson, Smith, Gibson, Madjo, Edwards, Olaoye, Bailey, Gibson, Dacres, Basham, Hopkinson, Sutton, Oldfield, Robinson, Murray.

Links to Stafford websites here
Previous games against Stafford
Harriers score first
2006 - 07
2 - 1
1994 - 95
1 - 2
2 - 1
1993 - 94
2 - 0
3 - 0
3 - 2
1992 - 93
0 - 2
1 - 0
1991 - 92
2 - 1
0 - 2
1990 - 91
2 - 1
1 - 3
1989 - 90
3 - 0
1 - 0
1988 - 89
3 - 2
1 - 0
1 - 2
1987 - 88
0 - 0
0 - 0
1986 - 87
1 - 1
1 - 4
1985 - 86
1 - 1
2 - 3

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