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Match preview Vs Halifax Town



Date: 08-04-08 Venue: The Shay Stadium Kick off: 19:45hrs
The Harriers journey North tomorrow to a place that we never seem to get a decent result at - Halifax Town.

Apart from a goalless draw there in 2006 our last win came in October 1996 when we won 3-2.  Last season we lost this fixture 2-0 and now we're overdue a win.

Darryn Stamp Halifax are in deep trouble now that they have been docked ten points for going into administration and dropped down to fifth from bottom as a result.  Inadvertently the points deduction has helped other struggling teams like Altrincham and Farsley and now Halifax seem to have lost the will to win.

Their draw at home to a Stuart Fleetwood less Forest Green gave them a welcome point but it's not enough to save them in the long run.  They'll be looking for all three points against us tomorrow night but I think we'll have just that little bit too much for them and can only see them getting another point at the most.

They have just re-called the former Harrier mis-hit man Darryn Stamp from Northwich in an effort to help them survive but if that's the case why let him go out on loan to a fellow struggling team in the first place?  Ironically he scored against FGR in the 1-1 draw.

They also have another former Harrier with them in Simon Heslop.

Town have four injuries in the squad with Adam Quinn, Nathan Joynes and Gareth Davies all out injured with hamstring, thigh and groin injuries respectively.  Rob Scott will miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury.

We are still fairly un-troubled with injuries with just Chris MacKenzie out with a groin muscle injury.  According to Ian Foster it's not as bad as was first thought but he's still not ready for action just yet.  Dean Coleman will more than likely keep his place in the side.

After Saturdays tired performance against Altrincham expect to see some players rested.  The likes of Brian Smikle and Paul Bignot should get a start at the expense of Simon Russell and Jeff Kenna.  There may be more and we could see Michael Wylde getting his first start but probably not the other new man, Jake Moult.  He seems to have vanished, with people out looking for him but without any luck.

I have a feeling that we should have rested some players for the last game with us being at home.  It's always tougher away, except for Cambridge and Crawley :) and we should really be playing a stronger side at the Shay.

We can still come home with the points and I think that's what we'll see.


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Teams:

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

Halifax from:
Mawson, Legzdins, Scott, Doughty, Kearney, Forrest, Campbell, Stamp, Killeen, Shaw, Wright, Gray, Gaia, Taylor, Griffith, Atherton, Harban, Ainge, Bailey, Joynes, Heslop, Whitehouse.

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Previous games against Halifax Town
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2007 - 08
1 - 0
 
2006 - 07
1 - 0
3 - 1
0 - 2
2005 - 06
0 - 1
0 - 0
2001 - 02
2 - 0
0 - 1
2000 - 01
2 - 1
2 - 3
1997 - 98
0 - 2
1 - 2
1996 - 97
3 - 0
3 - 2
1995 - 96
6 - 1
2 - 0
1994 - 95
3 - 0
2 - 1
1993 - 94
2 - 1
0 - 1




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