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Match preview Vs Crawley Town


Date: 02-10-10gif Venue: Broadfield Stadiumgif Kick off: 15:00hrs
Oliver Thorne The Harriers will be facing their toughest task yet when they travel down to Crawley tomorrow to take on the league leaders Crawley Town.  Last Sunday we had just beaten another league leader in AFC Wimbledon and it was all looking good for a similar result in Sussex but that was until Tuesday night when we lost dismally at Bath City.

Yesterday the Harriers manager, Steve Burr, spoke to the Kidderminster Shuttle about the Crawley game saying: "Money isn't everything, it can buy players but it can't buy effort and desire and we'll certainly make sure we put plenty of that in at Crawley"

It's a pity the 'effort and desire' wasn't put in at Bath then!!!

We're going to have to get back to winning ways asap and to help in that we have now tied Ollie Thorne (right) down to a one year contract with the option of another year.  This appears to have been done not because we want to keep him but because other clubs from higher up have been watching him so we want to get a good price for him come January.  Not the biggest trust of faith in a player is it.

As on Tuesday we will be almost at full strength for the Crawley game with just the exception of John Finnigan who was pencilled in for the Bath game but didn't make it.  Maybe he will this time out.

Our big spending hosts will be without Jamie Cook for the game with a long term injury and could possibly be without midfielders Simon Rusk, Barry Cogan and defender Sam Rents after they missed the home win against Tamworth on Wednesday that sent them back to the top.  They have recently bought defender Dannie Bulman back to the club from Oxford Utd and at the same time sent Chris Flood out on loan to Forest Green.

It pains me to say this but this is one time that I don't think we'll be getting much from this game.  Crawley may have bought their way to the top of the table but they have done that with some good players in Matt Tubbs, Richard Brodie and Sergio Torres.  Sometimes it doesn't work - Oxford previously, Luton Town last season and Wrexham for ever - but in this case the league is actually quite weak and I think Crawley could have the players to do it but not the fan base.

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

Crawley from:
Kuipers, Jordan, Rusk, Rents, Hutchinson, Quinn, Hall, Smith, Torres, Tubbs, Bulman, Enver-Marum, Masterton, McAllister, Ryan, Wilson, Cogan, Napper, Mills, Howell, Nayee, Carter.

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Previous games against Crawley Town
Harriers score first
2009 - 10
1 - 0
2 - 2
2008 - 09
2 - 0
0 - 2
2007 - 08
1 - 1
4 - 0
2006 - 07
0 - 1
0 - 0
2005 - 06
1 - 0
0 - 2

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