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Match preview Vs Grays Athletic


Date: 26-01-10gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 19:45hrs
The new Harriers manager, Steve Burr, will get his first chance to show the home supporters just what he's made of tomorrow evening when his new side come out for this Blue Square Premier game against Grays Athletic.  Our first home League game since we beat Chester City on Boxing Day.

He started off on Saturday at Crawley Town with a final 2-2 draw after a disastrous first half that saw a mistake from Dean Coleman give the home side the upperhand early on.  Another terrible error from the keeper in the second half gave them their second goal but luckily for us both John Finnigan and Chris McPhee had their shooting boots on to keep us on equal terms and to bring home a valuable point.

Dean Bennett missed the game with a groin injury and he's still doubtful for tomorrows game but Kyle Hadley should be ok after coming through a second half substitute appearance without any problems.  David McDermott is the only other absentee and that's because he's still in hospital with his stomach Ulcer problem.

When I first did this preview a couple of weeks ago Grays had an entirely different side to the one that we'll be seeing tomorrow.  You can see from this link that they've had seventy different players on their books so far this season and no doubt there'll be double that come the end of the current term.

Last week they released eight players and bought in seven so they must be having some cutbacks at the Rec.

Out went Glenn Poole, Fola Onibuje, Alain Lacombe, Jamie Slabber, Luke Hickie, Jake Reid, Ryan James, Craig Braham-Barrett and in came Wayne Gray, Jordan Wilson, Harry Baker, Jamie Guy, Alex Rhodes, Richard Martin and finally the son of the legendary Gianfranco Zola, Andrea Zola, from the club that his father manages, West Ham United.

So tomorrow night we might be able to say that we've seen Zola play at Aggborough.

This is a game that, considering the state that Grays find themselves in, we should win easily enough.  The problem with us is that we have never done too well against sides from the lower part of the table and usually end up having a shocker and dropping points.

Steve Burr might be able to change that aspect of our game and make us more resilient and tomorrow night we find out.


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

Grays from:
Martin, Robinson, Rhodes, Zola, H Baker, Guy, Makofo, Gray, Hunt, Edwards, Crowther, Hoyte, Mawer, Cissoko, Graham, Robson, Agombar, Harvey, Davis, Obaze, Wilson, Osborn, Pendergast, Mallman, Jeffrey, Rnkovic, Bunce, Dean.

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Previous games against Grays Athletic
Harriers score first
2009 - 10
3 - 1
2008 - 09
2 - 0
2 - 3
2007 - 08
1 - 0
1 - 5
2006 - 07
2 - 1
0 - 3
2005 - 06
0 - 5
0 - 1
2 - 2

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