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Match preview Vs Altrincham


Date: 03-04-10gif Venue: Moss Lanegif Kick off: 15:00hrs
Brian Smikle We should be feeling inspired by the win against Cambridge Utd on Tuesday evening to be able to gain a similar kind of result at Altrincham tomorrow afternoon.  A single goal from Brian Smikle was enough to give us all three points in a thrilling encounter that could have easily seen the Harriers end up with a bucketful of goals.

The improvement over the Salisbury game a few days earlier was immense and you could see that the passion was back along with some impressive skills from the likes of Darryl Knights, Luke Prosser and Jack Byrne.  The passing was good too and at times we were cutting Cambridge to ribbons with ease.  It's that kind of endeavour that we'll be taking to Moss Lane.

Hopefully Lee Baker should have recovered from his groin injury and, by now, so should John Finnigan have made a full recovery from the calf injury that has been keeping him out of the side for a while now.  Dean Coleman is the only long term injury that we have now.

We have a few injuries from the Cambridge game with Martin Riley, Duane Courtney and Luke Prosser all ending the game with various knocks and injuries.  All three will be assessed before the game but bearing in mind that we have four games this week there could well be a bit of squad rotation taking place anyway.

Altrincham have two long term injuries.  Matt Doughty has had an operation on a cruciate ligament but the worst one is Tom Kearney's double break to the tibia and fibula of his right leg will see him out of the game until at least next October.

The leg was broken in a tackle by Wrexhams' Frank Sinclair at the Racecourse Ground on March 9th with Sinclair receiving his second red card of the season for the tackle.  He was also dismissed at Wimbledon on Tuesday to make it three red cards and probably the enforced end of his season and career.

Anthony Danylyk, Nicky Clee and James Smith should all be fit for Altrincham after coming back from injuries in recent weeks.

We beat Altrincham 3-0 at Aggborough back at the start of the season with two goals from Brian Smikle and the other from Matthew Barnes-Homer.  Martin Riley was sent off in that game as was Sean Densmore for Altrincham and it's to be hoped that we don't have a repeat of that tomorrow.

The result in this game could go either way but I'm veering more towards a low scoring, if at all, draw.

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Harriers from:
Singh, Atkins, Baker, Riley, Bignot, Courtney, Sharpe, Finnigan, Byrne, Kerry, Knights, McPhee, D Bennett, Prosser, Smikle, Lawrie, McDermott, Goodfellow, Matthews.

Altrincham from:
Coburn, Saunders, Acton, Smith, Densmore, Lawton, Moyo-Modise, Little, Denham, Clee, Williams, Johnson, Thornley, Danylyk, McAliskey, Welch, Senior, J Bennett, Doran, Carden, Brown, Smart.

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Previous games against Altrincham
Harriers score first
2009 - 10
3 - 0
2008 - 09
4 - 0
2 - 2
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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