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Match preview Vs Cambridge Utd


Date: 31-10-09gif Venue: The Abbey Stadiumgif Kick off: 15:00hrs
The Harriers task at Cambridge Utd tomorrow has now been made even harder following the Lee Baker red card in that terrible FA Cup defeat at Fleetwood on Tuesday night.  We will already be without Chris McPhee for the game following his dismissal in the original Fleetwood game last Saturday and now with the lack of squad depth Mark Yates has been forced into getting someone in on loan.  If that happens before the end of the day we will see but until then we'll be going with what we have*.

If the player/s will be defensive to cover the absence of Baker or whether it will be a striker that can put himself about a bit better than either Matt Barnes-Homer or Aaron Farrell can at the minute then either way they can only be good for a team that are looking woefully thin in depth.

We do have Robbie Matthews coming back from his three game ban but, to be honest, he and MBH don't exactly seem to be gelling well when they do play together and I'm yet to be convinced that this partnership will ever bring in the same amount of goals that the partnership with Richards did last season.

We shouldn't have any other injuries to worry about and can now concentrate on putting the ignominious FA Cup exit behind us and get on with the League campaign.

Cambridge aren't doing so well as they did last season although they have progressed further in the FA Cup, against lower opposition, than we have.  At the moment they are three places below us in the League in tenth place but they're sure to improve soon.

It's mainly the away record that's letting them down with out an away win since August 15th.  The home record was quite good and they had one of the better home defences in the League until Luton came to the Abbey two weeks ago and won 4-3.  I can't really see us knocking four goals past them.

United will be without Courtney Pitt for the game because of an ankle injury.  He limped out of Sunday's 3-1 win at Lincoln United and has not managed to train since then.

Jai Reason could also be out with a groin strain and Josh Coulson may find himself being sent out on loan after the Cambridge manager, Martin Ling, said yesterday that he needed to be playing and not sat on the bench.

This really is one game we need to get something positive from even if it's just managing to keep eleven players on the pitch for the full ninety minutes.  Surely we can't get lumbered with yet another sub-standard Rymans League referee again?

The most I expect from his game is a point and at the minute the draw will do us fine.

* This afternoon Danny Andrew came in on a month long loan from Peterborough Utd.  The youngster is a left back and will play tomorrow.


Harriers from:
Coleman, Singh, Andrew, Riley, Courtney, Sharpe, A Farrell, Finnigan, Knights, Hadley, McDermott, Bennett, Hayward, Caines, Costello, Barnes-Homer, Smikle, Dolman, Matthews.

Cambridge from:
Potter, Walker, Gleeson, Tonkin, Coulson, Saah, Hatswell, Parkinson, Holroyd, Crow, Willmott, McAuley, Reason, Carden, B Farrell, Ives, Coakley, Marriott, Patrick, Berry, Challinor, Phillips, Hudson.

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Previous games against Cambridge Utd
Harriers score first
2008 - 09
1 - 3
1 - 0
1 - 2
2007 - 08
1 - 0
3 - 0
2006 - 07
1 - 0
1 - 1
2005 - 06
1 - 0
2 - 0
2004 - 05
1 - 1
3 - 1
2003 - 04
2 - 2
0 - 0
2002 - 03
2 - 1
2 - 0
1959 - 60
2 - 2
1 - 2

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