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Match preview Vs Stevenage Borough

Date: 24-08-07 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 19:45hrs
It's an early re-match with our opponents from the FA Trophy Final tomorrow evening when Stevenage Borough come to town and we'll be looking for two things.    The first will be revenge for the embarrassing second half defeat at the hands of Mitchell Cole, Craig Dobson and Steve Morison.    The second reason is down to that equally embarrassing defeat at Grays last Saturday when we were again on the end of a hammering by the Essex club.

Mitchell Cole won't be playing tomorrow night after he picked up a ligament injury two weeks ago at Histon and could now be missing from the Borough side for quite a while.    New signing Tes Bramble could also be missing from their side after picking up a thigh strain in the same game.

Mark Yates had the team straight back in for training on Sunday morning following the Grays game and also quickly arranged a game at Redditch to accelerate the return of the much missed Stuart Whitehead back to the side.    We have looked a shambles at the back all season so far and the dropping of Jeff Kenna on Saturday didn't help matters either so with ninety minutes under his belt Whitehead will now be available for selection and will help to galvanise a suspect defence.

He scored in the Redditch game, a rarity in itself, but there were also goals from Matt Barnes-Homer (2), Michael McGrath, Mark Creighton, Gavin Hurren and a triallist winger called Rod Thomas that no one seems to know much about.

Barnes-Homers two goals will stand him in good stead for a starting place but that would then leave Yates in a quandary of who to drop to make way for him.    On current form Russ Penn would be the obvious choice but he's not a striker even though M B-H can play in midfield.    I would say that James Constable could be the one to make way if M B-H did get the nod.

Simon Russell is still someway off a return to the side but is having regular injections to ease his way back into the side.

This is going to be a tough call to make and I think that we will see a tighter defence than in recent games but could also see less interest in scoring.    This game has got draw written large all over it but I'm sure that Stevenage will have different ideas.


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

Stevenage from:
Julian, Russell, Fuller, Nutter, Oliver, Batt, Gaia, Molesey, Hakim, Bramble, Miller, Wilson, McMahon, Martin, Arber, Sealey, Bradshaw, Lewis, Morison, Allen, Dobson, Eames, Henry.

Links to Stevenage websites here
Previous games against Stevenage Borough
Harriers score first
Trophy Final
2006 - 07
1 - 2
1 - 0
2 - 3
2005 - 06
0 - 0
1 - 3
1999 - 00
3 - 1
2 - 0
1998 - 99
2 - 0
0 - 2
1997 - 98
1 - 3
1 - 3
1996 - 97
3 - 0
2 - 2
1995 - 96
0 - 1
1 - 4
1994 - 95
0 - 3
3 - 2
1985 - 86
2 - 0

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