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Match preview Vs Hinckley Utd    Setanta Shield 4th rd

Date: 22-12-07 Venue: Marston Stadium Kick off: 15:00hrs
This game couldn't have come at a worse time of the season for both fans and teams alike.  The last Saturday before Christmas is not an ideal time for a meaningless competition as this one.

What makes it worse for all teams is that they don't seem to know anything about the format or what happens when two sides reach the final.  If the games are drawn are there replays to be squeezed into an already congested fixture or will there be extra time played and then a penalty shoot out.  Will it be decided on the toss of a coin?

Sam Shilton Where is the final to be held?  Does it really warrant a day out at Wembley and so diminishing the already fading attraction of the Trophy Final.

None of these questions have been answered at all and the official Setanta website contains very little real information.  Just spurious soundbites from some office junior about how this will become an important tournament in the same mould as the Carling and Johnstones Cups aren't.

It has been said that Setanta 'expect' teams to be made up of players that have played first team football in the last three games but most managers are talking about putting second string players out to give them a bit of match practice.  The Harriers manager, Mark Yates, is one of those but we are in the lucky? position of not having enough players to make up a reserve side anyway and most of our's have played in the first team recently except for Dean Coleman and Jon Munday.

We have no injuries from our laboured win at Guiseley on Tuesday evening and Jeff Kenna may also get a run out after sharing the game commentary in Yorkshire.  Some very shrewd comments there from Jeff that went down well with most that heard him.

Hinckley are familiar to us in a friendly kind of way but not so much in meaningful games.  In fact this is the first time our paths have crossed in anger since 1986 when we beat them in a FA Cup game.

Since then they've moved to a new ground but have kept the original name.  They have also been keen on signing our cast-offs with Matt Lewis, Sam Shilton and Adam Willis all turning up there in recent years.

In fact Sam was still there up to two weeks ago but has now signed for Kettering Town much to the annoyance of the Hinckley fans who thought he was one of their better players.

This season the Blue Square North side are struggling at the foot of the table with just two wins to their name.  It's not known what the situation with their player availability is.

This is a game that we should win, on paper, but who really cares.  I for one wouldn't shed a tear if we were to make a quick exit from it.

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