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Match preview Vs Gateshead


Date: 10-01-12gif Venue: The International Stadiumgif Kick off: 19:45hrs

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The Harriers have one of the games that both the team and fans alike dream of when the fixture list comes out.  A Tuesday evening game at Gateshead.  Ok it wasn't meant to be played midweek originally but the 'Heeds' FA Cup sponsored by Budweiser exploits took precedence over a Saturday game last November and it's being played tomorrow night instead.

We'll travel North with possibly a fully fit squad, with the exception of Danny Lewis, now that Jack Byrne has been passed fit to play once again.  He's been out in recent weeks with a medial ligament injury but thankfully it seems to have cleared up nicely.

Now it's a toss up between Jack or new signing Dan Bradley to start the game.  Dan came on during the second half of the Hayes game on Saturday and made an immediate impact by almost scoring within seconds of coming on.  He seemed to catalyse the team and we finally went on to grab three goals in eight minutes and rescue the game from the jaws of defeat.

On the same day tomorrow nights hosts, Gateshead, were seeing off basket case Stockport and now sit a few places behind us in the League after being in the top places most of last year.  They've dropped off in recent weeks but still tick over with the odd decent result.

They'll be without their captain Kris Gate with a grade two tear in the calf muscle and he'll be out for quite a while.  Nathan Fisher will also be out with a groin strain, keeper Paul Farman, back from a loan spell at Lincoln City, will not be fit until next weekend at the earliest while Chris Carruthers will be back from a two game match ban.

It was Gateshead that beat us soundly on the opening day of the season and who would have though back then that they would have become such a force in the League this season?  A long struggle had been forecast pre-season by all the experts but Ian Bogies men seem to have confounded all their critics and the only question mark against them now is their poor home crowds.  Their average of 982 puts them fourth from bottom of that particular table and they'll need to start winning the Toon obsessed locals over if they intend to take their place in the Football League one day and move to a new stadium too.

Until then it's us that have to do the business tomorrow night and gain revenge for that opening day defeat and also to claim that third place spot by ten o'clock tomorrow night.


Harriers from:
Lyness, Breeden, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Mike Williams, Sharpe, Jones, Hendrie, Bradley, Demetriou, Briscoe, Storer, Vincent, Cresswell, Hankin, Guinan, N Wright, Matt, Gittings, Medley, Marc Williams.

Gateshead from:
Deasy, Wilson, Odhiambo, Rents, Curtis, Clark, Brittain, Turnbull, Shaw, Odubade, Cummins, Baxter, Gillies, Marwood, Moore, Carruthers, Briggs, Porter.

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

For earlier results against Gateshead look here on Statto's Harriers site   

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