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Match preview Vs Mansfield Town


Date: 09-12-08gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 19:45hrs
The Harriers will be wanting to gain some kind of revenge for the 4-2 defeat early in the season at Mansfield's Field Mill ground.  A shocking first half saw Mark Stallard give the Stags a dubious lead from a dubious penalty after Michael Bowler was adjudged to have fouled him in the area but the evidence of the Harriers fans own eyes say that was untrue.

Michael Blackwood His second goal was scored on the stroke of half time and in-between the ex Harrier Michael Blackwood (right) scored to give his new side a 3-0 lead.

After the break the game took a different complexion with the Harriers beginning to wake up and in the space of ten minutes we pulled the score line back to 3-2 with goals from Barnes-Homer and Richards.  The first real sign that our new striking partnership was starting to work.

Sadly our comeback hopes were wrecked when Aaron O'Connor capitalised on us going all out for a last minute equaliser and went and scored Towns fourth goal in the final seconds of the game.

Since then our respective fortunes have reversed with Mansfield plummeting down the League but that is also in part due to a four point penalty for fielding an illegible player in the first two games of the season.  Ironically that player was O'Connor but he had been registered by the time he played, and scored, against us.

We have gone the other way and now sit in fourth place and that could be down to the backlash of that original game back in August.

For the game tomorrow evening Mansfield will be without Blackwood until at least Christmas due to an ankle injury but many of their fans are not too impressed with our former player saying he is lazy and couldn't give a flying fig about his team mates.  They're not too keen on Alex Jeannin or Gavin Hurren either with Jeannin being blamed for most of their more recent defeats with his un-deniable ability to hoof the ball into the middle of next week.

They'll also be without regular goalkeeper Jason White with him out long term with a knee injury.  The stand-in keeper, Paddy Gamble, is also a victim of the fans contempt with many of them not happy with him either.

Again we have no injuries going into this game with everyone fully fit.  We will also include Andy Ferrell who missed the Salisbury because of a one game ban following five yellow cards.  Mark Creighton picked up his fifth yellow in that game but he'll miss out on the visit of Burscough in the FA Trophy instead.

If the game's on tomorrow night - it promises to be a cold one so wrap up well - I think it's another one we should win.  Just watch me proved wrong now.

Photo © KHFC


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

Mansfield from:
Gamble, Herriott, Silk, Kay, D'Laryea, Moses, O'Hare, Arnold, Somner, Stallard, Lee, Wood, Ahmed, Goward, McGhee, Hurren, Jeannin, O'Connor, Burrell, Trimmer, Sinclair, Langford, Kitchen.

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Previous games against Mansfield Town
Harriers score first
2008 - 09
2 - 4
2004 - 05
1 - 3
1 - 2
2003 - 04
2 - 1
0 - 1
2001 - 02
1 - 1
1 - 1
2000 - 01
1 - 0
1 - 2

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