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Match preview Vs Crawley Town



Date: 27-03-08 Venue: Broadfield Stadium Kick off: 19:45hrs
This is the game that had already been re-arranged for a Sunday afternoon and the team, and fans, turned up to find it called off for the sake of a strip of frozen pitch no wider than a couple of feet.  Everyone there couldn't see why the referee had decided to call the game off when there was another two hours to go before kick off and the sun would have melted what little frost there was anyway.

Luke Jones Now we have to travel all the way back down there on a Thursday evening in the middle of a run of four games in a week.

Mark Yates is hoping to get at least one new loan player in before the transfer deadline, yes another!, ends tomorrow night but because we're playing it'll have to be done in the morning.  I would assume that if someone is coming in then he would already be here at the club to give himself a chance to see who he's playing with.

To be honest I don't think anybody will be bought in at all.  The obvious gap in the team was created by the recalling of Luke Jones back to Shrewsbury just before the start of the Stevenage game two weeks ago.  In an emergency Gavin Hurren stepped in and had a howler of a game, giving away the first goal.

Since then he has been adequate in subsequent games until Monday against Rushden when he had what was probably his best game in ages for us.  Yates will now think that he'll perform like that for the remainder of the season so now we won't need to replace Jones and Hurren will be playing tomorrow night.

We didn't seem to have any injuries following the win against Rushden and in that game we went with the three up front again with Darryl Knights playing just behind Christie and Barnes-Homer.  I don't think Yates will repeat that, even though we all know it works, and he'll more than likely send Knights and MBH to the bench and leave Christie all alone.

I've no idea if Crawley have any injuries because the news room is like Fort Knox down there.  They should have the former Harrier Glenn Wilson coming back from injury after getting a slight hamstring injury at Burton last Saturday but Dominic Shimmin will be missing.

They lost that game 1-0 and repeated the result and scoreline on Easter Monday at home to Aldershot.  In that game both the manager and his assistant, Steve Evans and Paul Raynor were sent to the stand for the second time in three days for arguing with the referee and it is now the sixth time that Evans has been banished from the touchline.

Has he, or will he, serve a month long ban like Mark Yates did at the start of the season? Heck he will!  He's only been charged twice for his touchline misdemeanours and he is still waiting for the outcome of an appeal on an FA charge of improper conduct following his dismissal from the dug-out during a league game against Woking back in January.

Crawley could also be in trouble with the FA after complaints of racism from home fans towards one of their own players, Kevin James.  James has now refused to play for Crawley again.

All this and no mention of the Mahjeed Brothers or unpaid coach bills.

I reckon we'll win this one.  It would be about time.


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Teams:

Harriers from:
MacKenzie, Coleman, Harkness, Kenna, Jeannin, Bignot, Creighton, Knights, Bennett, McGrath, Ferrell, Hurren, Russell, Penn, Barnes-Homer, Smikle, Christie.

Crawley from:
Bayes, Carter, Thomas, Stevens, Thompson, Blackburn, Bulman, Pittman, Wilson, Pinault, Cook, Murphy, Nlome-Ndebi, Joseph-Dubois, Krause, Carayol, Nayee, Raynor.

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