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Match preview Vs Stevenage Borough


Date: 17-04-10gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs
Lets start this off by congratulating Stevenage on winning the Championship and so promotion to the Football League after waiting since 1996 to win it once again.  Back then, the year after we won and were turned down because 'ground grading', they were also given the same treatment although there was talk about other reasons why they would not be able to take their place in the League.

Martin Riley We have been there and done that since then and now it's Boro's turn to take a shy at the big time.  We saw at first hand a few weeks ago in the FA Trophy that they are the best equipped team to gain promotion this season and of the others only Luton could come close in terms of being the complete footballing entity.

I say we should congratulate them and I'm not jumping the gun here.  They need just two points to win the title and even if they fail to win at Aggborough tomorrow then they'll only have to wait until their next game at Gateshead on Tuesday night to complete the task.  A draw tomorrow would suit them, and us, fine then.

Therein lies the problem because we want to win this game just as desperately as Stevenage do and so gain revenge for that awful Trophy result when they hammered us 5-1 in a display of awesome power.

We came out of that game a broken team and have never been the same since.  Our results have been poor since then and at times we've been lucky to scrape a draw, including last night at Hayes where our first half display was one of the worst for a long, long time but thanks to second half goals from Chris McPhee and Martin Riley (left) we managed to salvage something from the ruins caused by Amy Fearns was Raynor.

We'll be without the usual two for this game again.  Dean Coleman and David McDermott have now been joined by Marc Goodfellow who has a groin injury and missed last nights game.

Stevenage will be without Mitchell Cole (hurrah, I hear you say) after he got injured against Oxford at the end of March.  Also doubtful for them will be Yemi Odubade after he picked up an injury against Altrincham in midweek but at a pinch he could make it tomorrow.

As I said at the top this will be a game we will want to go all out and win but, frankly, I don't think we will.  We are nowhere near good enough to stop the Stevenage destiny train pulling into platform 1 at 5.00pm tomorrow.

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Harriers from:
Singh, Atkins, Baker, Riley, Bignot, Courtney, Sharpe, Finnigan, Byrne, Kerry, Knights, McPhee, Bennett, Prosser, Smikle, Lawrie, Matthews.

Stevenage from:
Bayes, Day, Rayner, Wilson, Laird, Odhiambo, Ashton, Albrighton, Murphy, Long, Griffin, Boylan, Odubade, Ryan, Byrom, Roberts, Sills, Bridges, Beardsley, Drury, Bostwick, Henry, Anderson, Vincenti.

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Previous games against Stevenage Borough
Harriers score first
Trophy Final
2009 - 10
1 - 5
0 - 0
0 - 2
2008 - 09
4 - 2
1 - 3
2007 - 08
0 - 2
1 - 2
2006 - 07
1 - 2
1 - 0
2 - 3
2005 - 06
0 - 0
1 - 3
1999 - 00
3 - 1
2 - 0
1998 - 99
2 - 0
0 - 2
1997 - 98
1 - 3
1 - 3
1996 - 97
3 - 0
2 - 2
1995 - 96
0 - 1
1 - 4
1994 - 95
0 - 3
3 - 2
1985 - 86
2 - 0

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