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Match preview Vs Cambridge Utd


Date: 20-08-11gif Venue: The Abbey Stadiumgif Kick off: 15:00hrs

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The Harriers will be looking forward to tomorrows game at Cambridge Utd after Tuesday nights great win at Lincoln City.  A first half Callum Gittings goal gave us all three points and now that our season has hit take off mode we can hopefully do the same to Cambridge.

Jamille Matt United have long been an easy three points for us and apart from three blips a couple of seasons back we have always managed to achieve some kind of result against them.  Last seasons visit there was one of the more memorable when we took a first half lead from a Sean Canham strike and held on to that until the final minute of normal time only for Cambridge to go and equalise through Adam Marriott.

Never fear, Jamille Matt's here.  Steve Burr got him off the bench and sent him on in injury time and from a late corner Jammer was first to the ball to send it powering into the net via the keepers hand.  Cue mass celebrations as the fans at the ground, and those watching on the big screen at home in the Aggborough Suite, punched the air and danced around in delight.

We had done it again.  We had put one over United.

We can't live on past results or tradition though and tomorrows game will be as tough as they come.  Although we're only three games into the season Cambridge have indicated that they don't intend to be at the wrong end of the table again and have started off solidly with a draw away at Wrexham on the opening day and a narrow win at home to AFC Telford on Tuesday after turning in a poor first half showing that should have seen Telford wiping the floor with them.  A break time rollicking from the manager, Jez George, worked wonders and they managed to score through the unusually named Harrison Dunk and gain all the points.

They'll be without James Jennings for the game with him serving the final match of his four game ban.  As we will with Jack Byrne who will miss the fourth of his five game ban.

Ashley Carew, Kevin Roberts and former Harrier, Ryan Charles, have knocks to hip, knee and calf but they should be fit to play while Rory McAuley and Keiran Murtagh have both been out so far this season with calf and hamstring injuries but returned to full training yesterday although they are unlikely to feature in the game.

Out for us will be Michael Briscoe and Jack Cresswell so Steve Burr will probably go with the same side that has played in both games so far this season.  The bench will probably remain the same too.

As with all games in this division this will be yet another tough one but we have shown in the past that we have nothing to fear at Cambridge and on the back of that fine win at Lincoln I think we should do well tomorrow.  Hopefully it'll be another three points but I'd be happy with one.

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Harriers from:
Lewis, Lyness, Vaughan, Mike Williams, Sharpe, Jones, Demetriou, Phelan, Briscoe, Marshall, Storer, Vincent, Cresswell, Hankin, Guinan, Wright, Thompson-Brown, Matt, Gittings, Marc Williams, Medley.

Cambridge from:
Naisbitt, Brown, Roberts, Coulson, Wylde, Shaw, Charles, Gash, Carew, Dunk, Platt, Kinniburgh, Marriott, Patrick, Hudson, Berry, Eades, Hughes, Thorpe, Miller, Jarvis.

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Previous games against Cambridge Utd
Harriers score first
2010 - 11
0 - 0
2 - 1
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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