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Match preview Vs Chester City

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Date: 26-12-09gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs
It's all change in time for Christmas at Aggborough now that Mark Yates has gone to manage Cheltenham Town and taken Neil Howarth with him.  He'll be sorely missed but at least, until a new manager is appointed, we do have a committee in charge.

Yesterday the club announced that John Finnigan will be the caretaker manager ably assisted by two other players, Dean Bennett and Chris McPhee, and the Physio Gavin Crowe.  I can understand the Dean Bennett bit because being local he can help out on an everyday basis but for the life of me I cannot fathom why Chris McPhee has also been asked when he only comes to the club on a matchday.

Hopefully this arrangement will only be for a couple of weeks until we appoint a proper full time manager.  In the frame so far is Jim Harvey who at this present time is the manager at Chester but he's not on a contract so could be a very good option.  The only thing not in our favour regarding that appointment is that Harvey allegedly applied for the job at Aggborough the last time it became vacant and was turned down.  He may not want to be knocked back again.

Another name popping up today was that of a former player.  Jeff Kenna threw his hat into the ring with an item in the Express & Star today and to be honest he wouldn't be a bad choice.  He does make out a good case for himself and he would have the backing of the fans following his two year stint here in which he didn't do much wrong.

At least the management committee will have a full squad to choose from for this Boxing Day fixture and all we can hope for now is it to go ahead following this bad weather.  The covers are, hopefully on!!, and all it'll need then is a mild turn sometime on Christmas Day to thaw the top off.

Our visitors, Chester City, are in a bad, bad way and I'm not going to go through the whole caboodle about them and the controversies surrounding them.  As far as we know they should be able to fill the team coach on the morning of the game now that their players have called their strike off.  They still have only fourteen full time players available to them because of injuries and suspension so will need to raid the Youth team to make the bench numbers up.

Their top marksman Nick Chadwick will miss the game because of a one match suspension.  That had been pencilled in for their game at Rushden last Saturday but, as with most games that day, it was called off.  Kevin Roberts will be returning from suspension but Neil Ashton, Rhys Meynell and Kristian Platt remain injured and will not be playing.

If the game does get the go ahead then on paper it should be an easy three points for us but with the previous manager now ensconced elsewhere and a committee in charge then things may not be so certain.  I still expect us to win though.

A Merry Christmas to you all.

Teams:

Harriers from:
Coleman, Singh, Baker, Andrew, Riley, Courtney, Sharpe, Farrell, Finnigan, Knights, Hadley, McDermott, McPhee, Bennett, Hayward, Caines, Costello, Spencer, Charles, Smikle, Dolman, Matthews.

Chester from:
Danby, Murphy, Roberts, Ryan, Lea, Wilkinson, Kay, Ashton, Owen, Ellams, Kelly, Rule, Rea, Jones, Rawlinson, Freeman, Davidson, Coulter.

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