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Match preview Vs Barrow


Date: 03-03-12gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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With the Harriers back into winning ways once more it's now time to build on the away performance at Bath City last weekend and gain our first home league win since Hayes & Yeading way back at the start of January.  Amazingly we have held onto our place in and around the play-offs but that's down to our away record being slightly better of late.

The two goals at Bath from Jack Byrne was proof that he is back to his best and hopefully he'll manage to stay injury free until the end of the season now.  Another one that impressed last week with an assured performance was Michael Briscoe playing faultlessly in the centre of the defence in the absence of Tom Sharpe.  Normally Mike Williams would be playing there but with Mickey Demetriou out injured he had stepped back a bit.

We should have Mickey back in contention this week following his shoulder injury and also Lee Hendrie should be back to fitness with his hamstring injury now starting to clear up.

Barrow, who had manager Dave Bayliss named Blue Square Premier Manager of the Month for February, will come to us in mid-table but slowly climbing towards the play-offs after putting some decent results together in the past month.  Hence the award for Bayliss.  The home win against Luton Town two weeks ago was a particular highlight.

We'll need to be on top form to win this game and the first thing to do is stifle the talents of winger Jack Mackreth and former Harriers loanee Adam Boyes.  Mackreth ripped us apart in the corresponding fixture in October when the home side won 3-1 and we hardly got a look in.  Boyes has now gone on to score fourteen league goals this season so far but still lags behind his team mate Andy Cook who has racked up sixteen.

Andy Ferrell now plays for the Bluebirds but he has fallen out of favour in recent weeks and is expected to be leaving the club at the end of this season.  He hasn't really settled down at any club he's been at since he left us in 2009.

Barrow will be without goalkeeper Danny Hurst for the game.  He was knocked unconscious in their FA Trophy game at Wealdstone a few months ago and is still recovering from the head injury that saw the game halted while an ambulance came on the pitch to take him to hospital.  Once there it was found that he had suffered two minor bleeds between the brain and the skull.

As said a paragraph back we need to be on top form for this game if we want to get a second successive win under our belts.  It'll be a tough game but I think this is a winnable game and winnable by us.


Harriers from:
Lyness, Breeden, L Vaughan, Mike Williams, Jones, Hendrie, Bradley, Marshall, Demetriou, Byrne, Briscoe, Storer, Vincent, Cresswell, Hankin, Guinan, N Wright, Thompson-Brown, Matt, Johnson, Malbon, Gittings, Rowe.

Barrow from:
S Pearson, Dixon, M Pearson, Skelton, Nicholas, Bolland, Hulbert, Rutherford, Baker, Cook, Ferrell, Boyes, Owen, Smith, Mackreth, Jackson, Lomax, Moyo, Hone, Harvey, Turner.

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Previous games against Barrow
Harriers score first
2011 - 12
1 - 3
2010 - 11
2 - 0
1 - 2
2009 - 10
1 - 2
0 - 1
2008 - 09
0 - 1
0 - 1
1998 - 99
1 - 2
4 - 0
1991 - 92
1 - 2
1 - 5
1990 - 91
3 - 1
2 - 4
0 - 2
3 - 1
1989 - 90
2 - 2
1 - 2
1985 - 86
2 - 1
4 - 3
1984 - 85
0 - 1
3 - 1
1981 - 82
0 - 0
2 - 1
2 - 2

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