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Match preview Vs Torquay Utd



Date: 09-02-08 Venue: Plainmoor Kick off: 15:00hrs
Darryl Knights This will be the first real chance for the new lads to test themselves against one of the better sides in this League when we come up against Torquay Utd at Plainmoor tomorrow.  Last weeks tentative game against Northwich saw our four new signings find their feet in the 0-0 draw and now, following a longer period training together and getting to know each other, we should be able to see if the changes have been good for the club.

All four: Chris Mackenzie, Darryl Knights, Luke Jones and Matt Bailey will be fit to play and we have just the one player doubtful in Russ Penn.  The Captain, who this week was chosen again for the England C squad, is still suffering from the knee injury picked up in the FA Trophy exit at the hands of Weymouth two weeks ago.

Utd, currently sitting second in the table behind Aldershot but with two games in hand, will be hoping to win this one and on paper they should.  They've been in and around the top of the table all season and who can forget that defeat to them at Aggborough in September, the day that Mackenzie made his debut.

In that 5-2 embarrassment he made a couple of mistakes including coming too far off his line for their first goal and then two moments of indecision cost us the next two goals.  In Chris's favour he did improve after that - we won't mention Guy Madjo - and put in some great goalkeeping displays in the following games.

Torquay have been quiet in their transfer dealings but released Danny Wring from his contract and signed goalkeeper Michael Poke from Southampton on loan until the end of the season.

They have no known injury problems.

This is going to be a toughy for us with the unknown quantity of how these new players will fare.  I think we should be good enough for a point but the lack of strike power is worrying.

Whatever the result we don't need to worry because we ain't going no where.


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Teams:

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

Torquay Utd from:
Rice, Poke, Hinshelwood, Nicholson, Woods, Robertson, Todd, Mansell, Sills, Benyon, Phillips, Hill, Hargreaves, Bedeau, Hockley, Mullings, Stevens, D'Sane, Mohamed, Adams, Ellis, Zebroski.

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