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Match preview Vs Crawley Town

Date: 06-10-07 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 15:00hrs
Mark Yates, the Harriers manager, is looking for three points from this game after we could only manage a draw at relegation threatened Northwich on Tuesday.    That un-expected loss of two points set us back on our quest to get into the top six but three points against Crawley and a further three against Halifax when they come to Aggborough next Tuesday should enable us to get back on track.

Glenn Wilson Scott Bevan will still be missing and may be out for longer than expected now that his injury has been confirmed as a tear to the quadricep.    Jeff Kenna will also miss a few more games with a stomach injury and Iyseden Christie is still out with a hamstring problem but isn't too far from a return to the side.

Simon Russell is back in light training and could figure on the bench for either of the two games but Jonny Harkness was taken off injured against Northwich and there must be some doubt about him playing.    Jon Munday will be standing by to come back into the side if Harkness doesn't make it.

One player definitely back is Gavin Hurren who has now completed his three match suspension following his sending off against Droylsden.    He will start on the bench.

Crawley are living under the threat of points deductions yet again and could lose six points once their appeal has been completed in the near future.    You have to feel for their long suffering fans who must have thought they had been kicked in the head while down on the floor when the former Boston manager Steve Evans was appointed as the new manager just prior to the start of the season.

Along with having corrupt owners they now have a dodgy geezer in charge of the football side.    The fans realise this and many now boycott home games and prefer to travel to away games to support the club.

They've had a similar start to the season as us but have lost their last two games against Ebbsfleet and Altrincham by a single goal after winning the previous two against Woking and FGR 5-3 and 3-0 respectively.

The main threat for them up front is the former FGR and Stafford striker Guy Madjo and we're going to need to be strong defensively to keep him from scoring against us.    Our defence seems to have tightened up in the last two games but can still be prone to the odd lapse or four.

Crawley have a former Harrier playing for them and one I think that we should have done far more to keep    Glenn Wilson was very impressive while here on loan from Rushden towards the end of last season but we bought Paul Bignot here instead.    I know which one I'd choose.

I hope we can get all the points from these two games but I have my doubts.    I'm going for a draw against Crawley and then have a think about the Halifax game when this one's finished.

Photo © RDFC


Harriers from:
Coleman, MacKenzie, Harkness, Bignot, Creighton, Whitehead, Munday, McGrath, Ferrell, Bennett, Hurren, Russell, Penn, Richards, Blackwood, Barnes-Homer, Smikle, Constable.

Crawley from:
Bayes, Clapham, Bull, Thomas, Mills, Stevens, Thompson, Blackburn, Madjo, Vieira, Scully, Evans, Bulman, Pittman, Wilson, Pinault, Cook, Ujah, Lovegrove, Joseph-Dubois, Krause, Bartley, Nayee.

Links to Crawley Town websites here
Previous games against Crawley Town
Harriers score first
2006 - 07
0 - 1
0 - 0
2005 - 06
1 - 0
0 - 2

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