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Match preview Vs Lewes - FA Trophy 2nd rd


Date: 19-01-10gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 19:45hrs
I might have to touch wood here but I think we might actually be seeing some football at Aggborough for the first time this year if tomorrow's FA Trophy game against Lewes gets the go ahead.  Following weeks of snow and ice the thaw set in on Friday but that wasn't enough to save the Grays Athletic game but should allow this one to get the nod.

David McDermott We are still without a proper manager but a shortlist has now been drawn up and we could have some news by next Saturday's game at Crawley Town but until then John Finnigan will remain as caretaker manager.  On that list is almost certainly Jim Harvey, Gary Brabin, Jimmy Quinn, John Finnigan, Jeff Kenna and Gary Mills.  Other names such as Andy Sinton and Steve Burr have been mentioned but not taken seriously.

Until then we have this game to compete.  This much re-arranged Trophy tie against Lewes is now a distinct possibility and we'll definitely want to progress further with the carrot of a visit to Worcester City in the next round.  That will depend on them beating Carshalton in their game at the Lane tonight.

We're now well into the January transfer period but we haven't got any new faces to show off to the crowd and that's quite understandable really.  Lewes haven't either but theirs is mainly down to money troubles having just escaped a winding up order from the tax man for, what seems a paltry, sum of just £48,000.  That has now been paid and they can start looking forward to a better time than of late.

They lost at Staines on Saturday and sit third from bottom of the Blue Square South (nice to see Wusster just one place above them and heading for Bromsgrove territory) and could be in danger of falling straight through following their short lived stay in the Premier last season.

They'll be without the suspended pair of Jean-Paul Sigere and Scott Ramsey tomorrow but will have Scott Chamberlain back after he served his suspension at Staines instead of against us last Tuesday.

On our injury front David McDermott was again admitted to hospital last week, must be about the fourth time now, in an effort to sort his stomach problem out.  Thankfully they now seem to have found the problem and it's not good news because Maccy D has Ulcerative Colitis and at this moment in time a return to the side looks to be a long way off.

Kyle Hadley is still out with his groin problem but should soon start to be making a return after his recent operation.

I fully expect us to get through this game against a side that have yet to win away from home this season and then progress to a game against, hopefully, Worcester City in the 3rd round.

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

Lewes from:
Banks, Banasco-Zaragoza Cullip, Breach, Barness, Keehan, Foreman, Rivers, Wheeler, Sutton, Storrie, Peauroux, Timms, Pople, Royce, Pearson, Chamberlain, Walder, Louis, Brinkhurst.

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