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Match preview Vs Fleetwood Town


Date: 09-03-12gif Venue: Aggboroughgif Kick off: 19:30hrs

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The big games are coming in a rush now and can it get any bigger than the visit of League leaders Fleetwood Town tonight?  Well yes it could because compared to the likes of Luton, Lincoln, Cambridge and Wrexham then Fleetwood are minor league in all but money.

Jamille Matt That money has bought them a side in the mould of last years Champions Crawley Town but without the gross obnoxiousness of their management.  Mickey Mellon could give Steve Evans and Paul Raynor a run for their money any day.  It has also bought them a side that look easily good enough to win the title with only second placed, and five points adrift, Wrexham anywhere near catching distance.

Fleetwood showed their credentials on Tuesday evening when they came from behind to beat visitors Grimsby Town 2-1 in the latter stages of the game.  As usual it was danger man Jamie Vardy that scored in the dying seconds of the game to give Town all three points.

The Harriers defence will have to be on song to stop him from scoring in front of the cameras.  Tom Marshall has been called back from loan at Brackley for just that reason following Michael Briscoes early withdrawal from the Barrow defeat last Saturday.  He had already given fair warning of his back problem on Twitter but Steve Burr still elected to start him but didn't have the insurance of a reserve defender on the bench.

As it was Callum Gittings came on for him and gave a penalty away for Barrows winning goal.

We could still also be without another defender in Mickey Demetriou.  He's been suffering from a shoulder injury since the Wrexham game two weeks ago and will be subject to a late fitness test before being risked.

The one that will definitely be missing is the Harriers star striker Jamille Matt (left).  He's been given unlimited leave by the club to sort out some domestic problems that have been playing on his mind lately.  We hope the rest is beneficial for Jamma and he comes back all guns firing to help us into the play-offs.

In his absence last Saturday Steve Burr opted to start with three unproven rookies up front and frankly it was a disaster.  Ryan Rowe, Marvin Johnson and Anthony Malbon are all great players with a great future at the club but that is what they should be kept for. For the future.  Fair enough, give them a game but please Steve stick them alongside an experienced striker such as Steve Guinan, Dan Bradley or Nick Wright.

Fleetwood will come to us with just two players out.  Anthony Barrie and Paul Linwood both have long term injuries and haven't figured lately.  Another player that hasn't figured is their impressive defender Junior Brown.  He excelled against us in the corresponding fixture last season and it's a mystery to many that he's fallen out of favour.

Town are now twenty two games unbeaten in the League and to be honest I don't think we'll be denting their ambition tonight.  A shame really because a few months ago I would have said we were good enough but, I fear, not anymore.

Now don't forget that it's a televised game starting at 7.30 so don't be late.  You never know we could actually prove me wrong and I bloody hope so.  After all we did win last time in front of the cameras at York City.

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

Fleetwood Town from:
Davies, St Louis-Hamilton, Stevenson, Beeley, Edwards, McNulty, Pond, Clancy, Milligan, Brodie, Vieira, Till, Brown, Goodall, Mangan, Briggs, Cox, McGuire, Seddon, Duggan, Wynn, Charnock, Atkinson, Cavanagh, Fowler, Allen, Rose, Vardy.

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Previous games against Fleetwood Town
Harriers score first
2011 - 12
2 - 5
2010 - 11
2 - 1
1 - 1
2009 - 10
0 - 0
1 - 3

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