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Match preview Vs Forest Green Rovers


Date: 13-02-10gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs
The Harriers will have to face the visit of Forest Green without striker Aaron Farrell tomorrow after he was released by the club following his contract coming to an end.  This had been expected for a while now and if he had been offered a new one it would have been a travesty to waste his and our time by keeping him on.  He was so far out of his depth here that it made you feel sorry for the lad.

He tried hard to achieve something during his time here but it was never going to happen and in recent weeks - the Trophy game at Worcester is a good example - he looked like a man with the weight of the world on his inadequate shoulders.  It was best to put him out of his misery and give him a chance to progress his career with another club.

Staying for a bit longer was another player that looks lost in Harriers colours.  Damian Spencer had his loan spell extended a further seventeen days to the maximum possible of ninety three and that'll take him up to the Histon game on the 27th of this month.  If we get another striker in to replace him is anyone's guess and also if Spencer comes back to us permanently next season is also open to supposition.

Our guests tomorrow, Forest Green, had the mis-fortune on Tuesday night to have their home game against Chester City called off at short notice due to the shambles at the Deva that has seen their players not being paid correctly for three months, money owed to all and sundry, shenanigans at board room level that has seen the chair being passed around the Vaughan family like a hot potato.

This all culminated in a strike by players just as the coach that was to ferry them to Nailsworth arrived and then the coach driver too said he was going no-where until he was paid.  Next day the Police put their two penny'orth in and said they hadn't been paid either so they wouldn't be at the Wrexham game this coming Sunday.  This sounded alarm bells with the Chester City council and they said if there was no Police presence then the ground could not be opened to spectators on safety grounds.

Today the Conference Board suspended City for seven days so that means, like FGR the other night, our game at the Deva on Wednesday is also called off.

Before I forget we have a game tomorrow and we need a preview.

We should be almost at full strength for the game with the only absentee David McDermott.  He's now starting to make his comeback from the series of operations undertaken for stomach ulcers and was on the pitch at Worcester the other night going through some light training but it'll be a while before his fitness is at a high enough level to play in a first team game.

This will also be the first chance for us to see Marc Goodfellow playing for us at Aggborough.  The new Harriers Online sponsored player came in last week and played against Oxford Utd last Saturday but looked a bit rusty.  With plenty of training this week he's sure to look a bit sharper and should be a good addition to the squad.

No team news from Forest Green but that's not too surprising.  They seem more interested in making official statements about other clubs problems than anything to do with football.

Last Saturday was a good result to get at Oxford when we were expecting a hammering.  If we can bring that toughness and resilience back to Aggborough we should be ok against Forest Green but our record against them is not too good so I'm expecting a draw.


Harriers from:
Coleman, Singh, Baker, Riley, Courtney, Sharpe, Finnigan, Knights, Hadley, McPhee, Bennett, Hayward, Caines, Spencer, Smikle, Goodfellow, Matthews.

Forest Green from:
Burton, Carlin, Pass, Winter, McDonald, Ayres, Preece, Stonehouse, Brown, Lloyd, Styche, Platt, Smith, Else, Powell, Pugh, Rocastle, Davies, Palmer, Fowler, Henry, Shaze, Mensah, Ameobi, Berry, Imudia, O'Cearuill, Thorne, Hodgkiss, Rankin, Osman.

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Previous games against Forest Green Rovers
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2009 - 10
1 - 1
2008 - 09
1 - 1
2 - 2
2007 - 08
1 - 0
2 - 2
2006 - 07
2 - 2
1 - 2
2005 - 06
1 - 3
0 - 0
1999 - 00
3 - 3
2 - 3
1998 - 99
2 - 2
0 - 5
4 - 2

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