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Match preview Vs Stevenage Borough


Date: 21-04-09gif Venue: Broadhall Waygif Kick off: 19:45hrs
In the biggest game since we played, and beat, Stevenage two weeks ago tomorrow we face another big game.  This time against Stevenage.

The game tomorrow will be a different kettle of fish to the game at Aggborough when we quickly went down 2-0 and Darren Murphy got himself sent off for a crude foul on Russ Penn.  That dismissal gave us fresh impetus and we seized the initiative to go on to score four goals in what became a rout and a memory that will live for ever for all Harriers fans.

Now with the end of the season just two games away this return game will become more important for the winners.  A win for either side will almost guarantee a play-off place and a draw in the final games will confirm that.  This is one game that we cannot afford to throw away.

This games importance was made even more so after we failed to beat Histon on Saturday in a game reminiscent of the FA Cup game at Coventry when we went for a draw and got found out.  If we had gone for the jugular after halftime by putting Martin Brittain out wide we could have, would have, come away with all three points and so make our task tomorrow night all the more easy.

We could have gone to Broadhall Way for a point knowing that we had done enough at Histon to give us our play-off place.  That's the Harriers though - why make it easy for themselves when they can watch the fans worry and bite their nails to the quick!

Mark Creighton got injured at Histon and was taken to hospital with a suspected leg fracture but thankfully the X-rays showed that it was just very bad bruising.  It's very doubtful wether he'll play any part tomorrow unless he plays under anaesthetic.

Luke Jones capably stepped up to the plate when Mark went off and did the job admirably.  He will be expected to continue in the rôle at Stevenage.  Apart from that we should be unchanged.

Stevenage will have a few players returning to the side after recent injuries and suspensions.  The suspension will be the afore mentioned Murphy who finished his three game ban last week and made his return in the goalless draw against Torquay Utd on Saturday.  The injury is Andy Drury who came off the bench during the Torquay game to signal his comeback from a hamstring injury.

They'll be without Jon Ashton (shoulder) and David Bridges (knee) but 'Lenny' Henry is back after the life threatening injury that saw him carried off the other week to much laughter from the Harriers fans.

Whatever the result tomorrow I should think it would be a better game than the rubbish served up at Histon.  Pity I can't be there.


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

Stevenage from:
Bayes, Day, Gibson, Buchanan, Atkins, Mendes, Wilson, Laird, Anaclet, Albrighton, Murphy, Mills, Boylan, L Cole, Roberts, Martin, Brinkman, Willock, Morison, M Cole, Burke, Bostwick, Henry, McDevitt, Anderson, Balderson, Vincenti, Cazaubon, Swaine.

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Previous games against Stevenage Borough
Harriers score first
Trophy Final
2008 - 09
4 - 2
2007 - 08
0 - 2
1 - 2
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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