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Match preview Vs Vauxhall Motors    (FA Trophy 1st Rd)

Date: 16-12-06 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 15:00hrs
For the second time in as many months we welcome a first time visitor to Aggborough and also our second Conference North team too.    Following the thrashing of Droylsden in the FA Cup we will be hoping to mete out the same treatment to Vauxhall Motors tomorrow.

I don't think it's going to be that easy though and feel that the Merseyside team will want to play a bit more football than Droylsden did and a bit less of the rough stuff.

We should expect to see Stuart Whitehead back in contention for the game now that he's fully recovered from his hamstring injury.    Who will make way for him is going to be a tough decision for the Harriers manager, Mark Yates.

Jonny Harkness has earned his spurs in the last two games with three goals, all from free kicks, and would be very unlucky to lose his place.    Gavin Hurren could be the one to make way for the Captain seeing as he's going through something of a bad patch lately and that would be a straight swap.

Another choice for Yates would be to drop Rob Davies to accommodate Hurren but Davies also had a decent game last week against Altrincham after failing to impress some supporters in previous games.

We have no injury problems to speak of so if Whitehead does return then we will almost certainly go with our strongest line-up possible.

Vauxhall are managed by Carl Macauley, something of a legend in Conf North circles, and sit midway in the table at the moment after going through a bad spell in recent weeks.    They lost at home to Frickley in mid week and have slumped from the top of the table two months ago to fourteenth place now.

Not much is known about them or their players but they do have a member of the Rooney clan in the side.    Thomas is the cousin of Wayne and was once on the books of Macclesfield but has never played in games between us.

Karl O'Donnell will definitely be missing tomorrow after damaging his groin in Tuesday night's 2-1 home defeat to Farsley Celtic and they have two players that will be doubtful to play with both Lee Woodyatt and Anthony Wright missing games in recent weeks.

As I said, I think this game will be tougher than the Droylsden game but I still think we have that little bit more class than our opponents.    We are on a good run at the moment and scoring goals for fun.

I think this particular Vauxhall has reached the end of the road.


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

Vauxhall from:
Lake, Jones, Dittmer, Addo, Dames, Duffy, Field, Furlong, Garrity, Griffiths, Lawless, McMahon, McNulty, Martindale, Moogan, Ness, Rooney, Spellman, Thomas, Whittaker, Williams, Woodyatt, Wright. Links to Vauxhall websites here

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