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Match preview Vs Wrexham AFC


Date: 29-09-09gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 19:45hrs
A big crowd is expected for tomorrow nights clash between the Harriers and Wrexham and expectations are also high for another repeat of last seasons exciting games between the two sides.

Adam Bartlett We won both games 1-0 with the first game, at Aggborough, being memorable for the way the Wrexham fans wound themselves up over the former Reds keeper Adam Bartlett (left).  He had a blinding game that day and kept out the marauding Wrexham forwards much to their annoyance.

In the return game a few months later he survived a barrage of abuse from their fans once more and again had the last laugh by keeping them out to give us a well deserved win following a cracking header from Chris McPhee that breached Wrexham's defence.

We'll be without Gavin Caines for this game following his dismissal at York but we will be able to welcome back Dean Bennett from a one game suspension.  He'll be raring to face his former side and help put one over them.

Apart from Caines our only other doubt is David McDermott who picked up a bit of a groin injury but otherwise it'll be interesting to see if Nathan Hayward is given the start in place of the suspended man or whether Chris McPhee will drop back there as he did at York.

Robbie Matthews is also expected to continue his comeback up front even though he is still not 100% fit yet.

Wrexham played their weekend game at lunchtime yesterday when they had their local derby against bottom side Chester City.  That ended goal less and according to reports from fans there Wrexham didn't really look like scoring if they had still been playing now.  We hope that continues against us then.

The Wrexham manager, Dean Saunders, has hinted in the press that he'll be making changes to the side that failed to beat Chester.  The Dragons boss will hope centre-back Ashley Westwood and versatile Wes Baynes can overcome knee injuries, while utility man Silvio Spann has a hamstring strain.

Left back Sam Williamson is expected to be out for a fortnight after a hernia operation while goalkeeper Sam Russell is still recovering from a dislocated elbow.

This is going to be a real test for us but, as last season, it's a game that we can win.  I can see us putting out this feeble Dragons fire.

Photo © BSFC


Harriers from:
Coleman, Singh, Baker, Riley, Courtney, Sharpe, Farrell, Finnigan, Knights, Hadley, McDermott, McPhee, Bennett, Hayward, Costello, Barnes-Homer, Smikle, Dolman, Matthews.

Wrexham AFC from:
Sak, Maxwell, Abbott, Obeng, Westwood, Assoumani, Mike Williams, Jones, Taboubi, G Taylor, Marc Williams, N Taylor, Tsiaklis, Fairhurst, Sinclair, Cieslewicz, Baynes, Fleming, McCluskey, Edwards, Sakho, Anoruo, Wolfenden, Smith, Brown.

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Previous games against Wrexham AFC
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2008 - 09
1 - 0
1 - 0
2002 - 03
0 - 2
2 - 0
1987 - 88
1 - 2
2 - 3
1985 - 86
1 - 2
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