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Match preview Vs Stafford Rangers

Date: 04-03-08 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 19:45hrs
This is about the closest we come to a local derby nowadays and, with Stafford struggling near the bottom of the table, it'll be a blow to have them go down.  Their new manager, the legendary ex Wolves and England striker Steve Bull, will be doing his utmost to stop that happening.

He joined the club a few weeks ago and almost immediately made an impact by getting them a couple of points in the battle to avoid relegation.  Then again they didn't need his help when racking up two consecutive victories for the first time this season when they beat Weymouth at home and FGR away in the two games previous to his arrival.  In fact their only other win this season also came against Weymouth at their place back in September.

The Bully magic didn't work on Saturday though when they lost to Farsley at home by two goals to nil.

On the same day we were losing 2-1 at Aldershot but even though we lost it was a better performance than in recent weeks.  Mark Yates will be hoping for a similar, but better, showing tomorrow night but knowing this team of Jekylls' and Hydes' we could be facing yet another home defeat.

It's up to the team to make sure they pull out the stops - and don't lose concentration - if they want to earn a contract for next season.  We won't be seeing Matt Bailey tomorrow after he returned to Wolves today but the writing was on the wall for him after failing to shine while he was here and then not even making the bench at all on Saturday.

Luke Jones, on loan from managerless Shrewsbury after Gary Peters got sacked today, has had his loan extended by a further month taking him up to the beginning of April.  The possibility of making that loan until the end of the season is there but it's doubtful that he'll be allowed to sign for us on a permanent basis.

The only injury doubt we have is Gavin Hurren after he got injured in training prior to the Aldershot game but he may be fit to go on the bench tomorrow.

Stafford have a few injuries with Jemiah Richards out for the remainder of the season with a broken bone in his foot.  Nathan Talbott is also missing for the entire season after injuring his hip.

They also have Dolapo Olaoye, Marco Adaggio, Nathan Smith and Mathew Hazley all doubtful after picking up minor injuries in recent games.

We'll be looking to get our season back on track, well some kind of track!, and hoping for all three points tomorrow.  I'm worried that our lot might think that Saturday was their idea of playing well and then throw it all away against Stafford.


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

Stafford from:
Alcock, Allen, Hathaway, Sutton, Daniel, Sangare, Flynn, Street, Grayson, Olaoye, Smith, Ingram, Draper, Arnolin, Adaggio, Hopkinson, Reid, Jarrett, Hazley, Gibson, Meakin-Richards, Shaw, Hughes.

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Previous games against Stafford Rangers
Harriers score first
2007 - 08
3 - 1
2006 - 07
2 - 0
2 - 1
1994 - 95
1 - 2
2 - 1
1993 - 94
2 - 0
3 - 0
3 - 2
1992 - 93
0 - 2
1 - 0
1991 - 92
2 - 1
0 - 2
1990 - 91
2 - 1
1 - 3
1989 - 90
3 - 0
1 - 0
1988 - 89
3 - 2
1 - 0
1 - 2
1987 - 88
0 - 0
0 - 0
1986 - 87
1 - 1
1 - 4
1985 - 86
1 - 1
2 - 3

For earlier results against Stafford Rangers look here on Statto's Harriers site   

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