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Match preview Vs Altrincham

Date: 23-08-08 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 15:00hrs
Following the poor start to the season Mark Yates, the Kidderminster Harriers manager, has promised the fans that the season starts now.  He actually said that it started at 4:00pm last Saturday just as we scored the first goal in our brief comeback against Mansfield after going three goals behind in a dire first half performance.  Because we lost the game in the end did he mean that because we lost our season had started or did it start and end before the final whistle?

Martin Brittain The only reason for our minor revival in that game was because he bought on the three players that fans had been crying out for all afternoon.  Matt Barnes-Homer came on before half-time then Martin Brittain and David McDermott arrived on the scene early in the second half.  The difference was there for all to see: We looked sharper, the passing was better, the crosses were better and we went looking for goals.

Now Yates has admitted that he has made naive selection errors and this will be put right for the visit of Altrincham tomorrow.  Has he suggested that those three will all start or does he have it in mind to play Michael McGrath and Brian Smikle for once.

Whatever he decides then it may also include a totally new face because he has also mentioned bringing one, maybe two, players on loan and the same number going out.  Whether this means a couple of fringe players - like McGrath and Smikle - going to Redditch or Worcester remains to be seen.  It could also mean that Russ Penn, sorry, Barry Norgrove, is getting his wish to leave the club for Walsall.

Whatever happens it's high time we started to string some results together and Altrincham should be a good test for us.  Although the same could have been said for Lewes and look what happened there.

Our only injury was to Lee Baker but he's now fit again and should now reclaim the left back berth that had been covered by Michael Bowler for the last two games.  Bowler will be relieved at that after being forced to play in an un-natural position for him and then being made the scapegoat for our left side problems.

Houdini FC (formerly known as Altrincham) did a lot of dealings during the close season and actually bought in some very good players.  Mark McGregor arrived from Port Vale having previously played for Wrexham and Lee Elam came in from Exeter City via York City.  We know enough about Elam without dragging old news back up once more.

Another one that caught the eye when they signed him was Anthony Danylyk.  He came from Leek Town and looks quite useful.

The one we have got to watch out for, and makes sure that he see's very little of the ball is Colin Little.  He's scored three goals so far - just like our own Justin Richards - and he hasn't been far from the top of the scoring charts for some years now.  With a bit of luck, and better defending than in recent games, we should be able to stop him scoring this weekend.

The only injury in the Altrincham squad appears to be Val Owen.  The old git could just be tired out after struggling with his zimmer frame during the close season though.

We'll win this one.  It's in me bones.

Photo © KHFC

Harriers from:
Bartlett, Coleman, Baker, Riley, Bignot, Ferrell, Creighton, Bowler, Jones, Foley, Knights, McDermott, Bennett, McGrath, Brittain, Russell, Penn, Barnes-Homer, Smikle, Richards.

Altrincham from:
Coburn, Ralph, Lane, Doughty, McGregor, Young, Street, Lawton, Owen, Little, Denham, Peyton, O'Neill, Johnson, Meechan, Danylyk, Battersby, Elam, Senior.

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Previous games against Altrincham
Harriers score first
2007 - 08
1 - 1
1 - 2
2006 - 07
3 - 2
1 - 0
2005 - 06
1 - 1
0 - 3

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

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