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Match preview Vs Barrow

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Date: 22-10-11gif Venue: Holker Streetgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers will be hoping to repeat the goal haul from Tuesday night at Barrow tomorrow but definitely not the goals leaked.  In what was ultimately and exciting, but also nerve wracking, game we finally overcame a very good Braintree side that came to attack and did so with venom.  Their shoot on sight policy was a lesson to our players who would rather pussyfoot around in front of goal and not bother in the end.

Andy Ferrell We might have knocked in five goals and gained a fortuitous three points but we paid for that with even more names on the injury list.  Jamille Matt went off early doors with a vision problem but up until then he had been our best player.  Steve Guinan came on in his place.

Later in the first half Scott Phelan, also having a very good game, went off injured after getting clattered and it's doubtful if he'll be fit to play at Barrow.  In the second half Callum Gittings went off with a strain but that was thought to be precautionary.  Both Matt and Gittings should be available to Steve Burr.

Jack Byrne is now in hospital undergoing tests to detect the cause of the stomach bug that he's picked up.  Memories of David McDermotts virus problem come to mind and I hope that Jack won't be out of the game for as long as Maccy D was.

We also still have the original long list of injuries with Danny Lewis, Mike Williams, Dave Hankin and Luke Jones all missing and will remain so for the foreseeable future.  Lee Vaughan has another game to go before he comes back from suspension and we'll also be without Kyle Storer who will definitely miss this game.

I said the other day that he would miss the Braintree game and I still say that he should have done after collecting five yellow cards.  I understood that someone on five yellows would miss the next game but it appears not so and he'll miss out on the trip to Barrow.  Whatever the reason he's now started to collect his next five after being wrongly booked on Tuesday which begs the question why the club didn't question it officially.

We still have no back up keeper and rumours are that Burr is looking at Dan Parton from Newcastle Town for that job while other rumours are suggesting we might also be getting a midfielder in from a club not a million miles from here as the birdie goes bob, bob, bobbing along.

Barrow have been on a good home run lately with five wins from the eight they have played at Holker Street.  Their two most impressive came earlier in the season with a 4-0 win against Fleetwood and then a few weeks later they beat current leaders Wrexham 3-1.  Since then they have beaten Lincoln (who hasn't?), Hayes and Telford.

They'll have two players out but Robin Hulbert and goalkeeper Shaun Pearson are on the road to recovery while Phil Bolland should be ready to make his first appearance since breaking his jaw in the Wrexham game and Kelvin Lomax is expected to have recovered from the groin strain suffered at Grimsby..

Barrow have a well known ex Harrier playing for them and also one that did zilch while on loan to us but is now getting rave reviews for his goals.  Andy Ferrell (above) is the well known player having signed for Barrow from Gateshead during the close season while Adam Boyes is the goal machine.

Boyes came to us on loan from Scunthorpe and then joined York City on loan before he was released to join Boston Utd.  It was there that he started to score goals before joining Barrow where he has now scored eleven times this season.

It's obvious that he's the danger man at Barrow and we need to make sure he doesn't get a chance to score.  It might be a good idea for our defenders not to keep backing off him then.

This is going to be a tough away game, as they always are at Barrow, but we're well overdue a win there.  I don't think it'll be this season though and the best we can hope for will be a share of the spoils.

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Teams:

Harriers from:
Lyness, Sharpe, Demetriou, Phelan, Briscoe, Marshall, Vincent, Cresswell, Guinan, N Wright, Thompson-Brown, Matt, Gittings, Marc Williams, Medley.

Barrow from:
Hurst, Clancy, M Pearson, Skelton, Nicholas, Bolland, Rutherford, Baker, Cook, Ferrell, Boyes, Owen, Sheridan, Smith, Mackreth, Quinn, Almond, Lomax, Hollis.

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