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Match preview Vs Wrexham AFC

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Date: 22-11-08gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs
We cross paths with Wrexham once more tomorrow after 5½ years.  We last met in April 2003 at Aggborough when the game was interrupted by some temporary scaffolding falling down.

That rickety structure was put there to act as the TV gantry while the old Cowshed was being demolished to make way for the new East Stand but mid way through the game a strong gust of wind came up and it started to topple over.  The game was held up for five minutes while it was dragged off the pitch and never to be used again.

The famous scaffolding Wrexham won 2-0 that day and ended the season promoted to League Two while we ended the season in mid table.  That season was our only ever shared League season (we won the away fixture by the same scoreline the previous December) and our only other meetings have been in the Welsh Cup.

This game tomorrow promises to be an exciting encounter with both sides going well in the League and hoping to make ground on the leaders.  That leaderboard now comprises three teams all on thirty seven points with Torquay at the top on goal difference followed by Histon and Burton.  We are tucked in behind Cambridge Utd with a game in hand.

We could be without Russ Penn after he took a bad knock to his shin in the closing stages of the Rushden game last Saturday and Dean Bennett is standing by to replace him should he fail to make it.  We have no other injuries in the squad and Luke Jones will be hoping to regain his place back from Martin Riley in his first home appearance since his three game ban ended.

If Dean Bennett does get to play then he will be playing against a former club of his.

Playing for Wrexham will also be a former Harrier in Simon Brown but he's only made thirteen appearances since he signed for them from Mansfield during the close season and is now out of favour with the new manager Dean Saunders.

Since Saunders arrived at the club - following the sacking of Brian Little - they have gone on a spectacular run of five League wins in a row but that was punctuated by a FA Cup exit at Eastwood Town a few weeks ago.  Strangely their official website record it as a 0-0 draw.

They'll have Andrew Fleming, Kyle Critchell and Simon Spender out with long term injuries and Silvio Spann is out with a shoulder injury.  They should also have new signing Patrick Suffo available to play after the former Coventry City striker finally got his international clearance granted.

This promises to be a great game and Wrexham should be bringing quite a few fans with them.  As with the visit of Cambridge two weeks ago there should be another good atmosphere in the ground and all Harriers fans will have to be in good voice.  Don't forget your flags too because it all helps to make it Fortress Aggborough.

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Teams:

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

Wrexham from:
Ward, A Williams, Maxwell, Edwards, Wolfe, Suffo, Tremarco, S Evans, Baynes, Brown, Louis, Whalley, Taylor, Mackin, Kearney, Michael Williams, Proctor, Pejic, Marc Williams, Murtagh, Aiston, G Evans, Smith, Marriott, Westwood, Anoruo, de Laet, Tsiaklis, Fairhurst.

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