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Match preview Vs Oxford Utd

Date: 24-11-07 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 15:00hrs
Oxford Utd will be without their star striker Rob Duffy after he was sent off forty three seconds after coming on as a substitute during their less than thrilling goalless home draw against Ebbsfleet last Saturday.  Duffy had already missed some games due to injury and now he'll miss a few more after kicking out at an Ebbsfleet player as he ran onto the pitch.

To counteract the loss of Duffy Oxford moved into the loan transfer market on deadline day - yes another one - yesterday and bought in two ex Non-league strikers now at League clubs.  Matt Green arrived from Cardiff City after originally starting his career at Newport County.  The other new face yesterday was Ashley Barnes who joined Plymouth Argyle from Paulton Rovers.

Utd, who are going through a poor run of form lately (since August in fact), recently saw their legendary manager Jim Smith move into the boardroom and first team coach Darren Patterson take over in the hot seat.  Results have still not gone their way and they sit just below the Harriers in the table in thirteenth place and two points behind.

They'll also be without Joel Ledgister with a knee injury but striker Gary Twigg could make his first appearance for them since early October after injuring his ankle against Droylsden.

We continue to be without Dean Bennett following his sending off at Burton but tomorrow will be the last game that he'll miss.  He could have one more game for us at Dagenham in the FA Cup next week but he then returns to Chester City until January at least.

The only other player still missing will be Jeff Kenna but we do have some great news with the return to fitness of Scott Bevan, hence the return of Chris MacKenzie to Shrewsbury in midweek.  Dean Coleman is also fit once more and so is Simon Russell, almost.

Russell will not be fit enough to start the game but if we're going well against Oxford he might get a look in late on.  If he does then he'll want to replicate his wonder goal that beat Utd at their place last March.

Also returning for us after his single game ban is Stuart Whitehead.

Two players that will need to be careful are James Constable and Justin Richards.  They are both on four yellows and if either were to get booked again tomorrow then that'll mean missing the important Dagenham game.  For that reason I think Iyseden Christie will start the game along side Justin Richards with Matt Barnes-Homer on the bench in case a change is needed.  That'll mean that Constable could find himself 'rested' as a precaution.

I'm going for a win in this one against the team we'll 'never play again'.  After last Saturday's poor performance against Woking we have surely got to wake up and put in a good showing for once.


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

Oxford from:
Turley, Warrell, Weedon, Collins, Anaclet, Corcoran, Quinn, Willmott, Gilchrist, Pettefer, Hutchinson, Odubade, Rose, Foster, Trainer, Jeannin, Day, Twigg, Green, Fisher, Benjamin, Barnes.

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Previous games against Oxford Utd
Harriers score first
2006 - 07
0 - 0
1 - 0
2004 - 05
1 - 3
2 - 0
2003 - 04
1 - 1
1 - 2
2002 - 03
1 - 3
1 - 2
2001 - 02
0 - 0
1 - 1

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