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Match preview Vs Cambridge Utd


Date: 18-09-10gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs
Things are looking up at Aggborough in recent weeks and, with the team having gone three games unbeaten, we can now welcome what will hopefully be another three points against tomorrows visitors, Cambridge Utd, in our quest to remove ourselves from the constrictions of the foot of the table.

Two weeks ago we had plunged to our lowest placing in the Football League pyramid in nigh on twenty years when we found ourselves ensconced second from bottom.  Thankfully that position was only fleeting but it sent shockwaves through the club and fans alike with visions of relegation looming and the season only two months gone.

The Harriers manager, Steve Burr, moved quickly to allay all fears by bringing in a more mobile central defender in Ollie Thorne who now seems to have replaced Mark Albrighton.  Albrighton returned to the side last week following his suspension but only as far as the bench but coming on towards the end of the game when Michael Briscoe was stretchered off injured.

Both Briscoe and Jack Byrne, who was carried off earlier in the game, face fitness tests before the game but could be fit.  Also out injured in recent weeks have been Tom Sharpe, Lee Morris and John Finnigan but it looks like Finners will be out for quite a while following reports that his groin injury is not responding to treatment.  Both Sharpe and Morris could be in line for a comeback if they have been deemed fit.

Cambridge will be without midfielder Conal Platt after he injured his hip in their defeat at Luton last Saturday.  He's expected to be out for the next six weeks after x-rays showed muscle damage around the hip.

Like us Utd have had a disappointing start to the season and sit a little bit lower than us in seventeenth place but with just two points less.  That's just how close the table is at this stage of the season.

They've won two home games this season with one of them being a 5-0 victory over Gateshead but it's their away form that counts for this game and that isn't too good.  Only one point on the road, at Tamworth, puts the game in our favour and that's where it should be.

I'm expecting another improved performance from the Harriers and the chance to move further up the table at Cambridge's expense.  Not beyond the realm of possibilities is it?


Harriers from:
Lewis, Stevens, Vaughan, Mike Williams, Sharpe, Albrighton, Griffiths, Thorne, Byrne, Shaw, Briscoe, McPhee, Briggs, Hankin, Morris, N Wright, Blair, Gittings, Hadley, Marc Williams.

Cambridge from:
Naisbitt, Brown, Roberts, Jennings, Coulsen, Saah, Russell, Miller, D Wright, Clare, Willmott, McAuley, Carden, Ives, Coakley, Marriott, Patrick, Hudson, Berry, Thorpe, Gray.

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Previous games against Cambridge Utd
Harriers score first
2009 - 10
1 - 0
0 - 2
2008 - 09
1 - 3
1 - 0
1 - 2
2007 - 08
1 - 0
3 - 0
2006 - 07
1 - 0
1 - 1
2005 - 06
1 - 0
2 - 0
2004 - 05
1 - 1
3 - 1
2003 - 04
2 - 2
0 - 0
2002 - 03
2 - 1
2 - 0
1959 - 60
2 - 2
1 - 2

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